The 11th generation Amazon Kindle when it launched late last year only had a paltry 8GB model. That certainly wasn’t enough to hold many textbooks, PDF files, or audio books. Today Amazon announced that they have doubled the storage to 16GB which is certainly a step in the right direction. They will now be selling two different storage configurations, an 8GB model and the new 16GB variant.
The popular Paperwhite still includes the premium features like a 6.8-inch display, up to 10 weeks of battery life, USB-C charging, adjustable warm light, and the world’s best eBook store that customers love so much. It’s also built with sustainability in mind – 60% recycled plastics, 70% recycled magnesium, and 95% of device packaging are made from wood fiber-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources.
The 8GB version of the Kindle Paperwhite is still available from retailers $159.99 and the new 16GB version is available at retail for $169.99, that’s only $10 more. If you need more storage than either of these two variants, you can shell out $189.99 and get the Paperwhite Signature Edition with 32GB of internal storage.
Amazon is now reaching all possible price ranges with the 11th generation Kindle. Probably the vast majority of bookworms will still get by with the 8GB model, while the larger storage options are ideal for people who not only read books but also comics and manga, since the file sizes are larger. You can also store 3-4 audiobooks on the 16GB. The size you can choose is now basically based on your specific use case scenario.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audio books and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.