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5.0 out of 5 stars Great entry level reader, September 6, 2012
This review is from: Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th) (Electronics)
I travel for work. More and more, I find myself leaving the Kindle Fire at home and traveling with just an e-ink Kindle. So when I broke my Kindle 3, I decided to replace it with this entry level Kindle (without special offers).

What's good:
* Smallest, lightest e-ink Kindle available.
* Still has the page turn buttons!
* Like all the e-ink Kindles, this thing has amazing battery life.

What's just OK:
* Only 2GB memory. More is better. Then again, after two years of buying books I'm nowhere near filling this thing up.
* Text entry using the 5-way switch works, but that's about all. I'm surprised it works well enough that I can't consider it a negative.

What's not so good:
* The lighted cover costs nearly as much as the Kindle! Anyone thinking of picking up this Kindle and the lighted cover should look at the new paper white models with integrated frontlight.

The new Kindles look awesome. But they don't take anything away from this Kindle. It may not have some of the bells and whistles of the other models but it also costs quite a bit less. The Kindle is exactly what I need for traveling. It works wonderfully as a basic, no-frills e-reader. Reviewing it as such, I have to give it five stars.
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Initial post: Sep 7, 2012 3:04:19 PM PDT
A. Woodward says:
check out the covers on ebay - I cannot believe how inexpensive they are...just trying to figure out if this model is referred to as the "kindle 4",since that's how its named on ebay....

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 3:35:19 PM PDT
I just wish the new kindle using Color eink, so we can buy and read magazine using kindle.
but it is not there.
color eink is available for long time. I did not know why amazon did not release the color kindle (not kindle fire), so we can buy and read magazine. reading magazine using black and white kindle is not good ideas. meanwhile using kindle fire is not comfort reading for long times

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 1:27:28 PM PDT
Yes, it is the K4.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 10:51:44 AM PDT
Yasamin says:
Does it have text-to-speech?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 9:39:06 PM PDT
Dale Derusha says:
No. It has no speakers nor headphone jack, so it cannot do text to speech

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 5:29:12 PM PDT
Jane Ridolfi says:
just got mine......great except for the lighting......sometimes I have to put the kindle near a lamp to read!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2012 5:30:07 AM PDT
Neaklaus says:
Don't you have to put a traditional book near a light source to read it?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2012 6:47:32 AM PDT
Ruthie says:
No problem reading by a lamp, my only concern is if I can read outside even in sunlight.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012 3:10:59 PM PDT
Sharon says:
Does this reader have a keyboard? Could my grandchildren play games where they use a keyboard?

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 1:20:12 PM PDT
Can you tell me the difference to the Kindle 4 (the grey coloured one), apart from the colour?
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