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While there’s nothing quite like the smell and feel of a real book, it’s a lot cheaper and more convenient to buy eBooks. Especially when the shelves in your bookshelf start to sag under the weight of all the books you’ve collected over the years. If you’re ready to save some space, be sure to check out Amazon’s Kindle sale, where you can save up to 29% on the eReader range.
Why should I switch to an eReader?
Really, the question is…why didn’t you switch to a Kindle? Or any eReader for that matter? Bibliophiles will damn us to hell, but you don’t have to smell a book to enjoy it. To quote an old internet saying, “Reading a book is like staring at a dead tree and hallucinating”. This saying accompanies us to this day.
You save money
Jokes aside, it’s often proclaimed to high heaven that you’ll save a lot more on books if you own an eReader. With an Amazon Kindle, that’s certainly true. Thousands of deals hit the eBook store every day, some starting at $1. There are even a limited number of free books you can download.
But our favorite perk is the fact that you can download a sample of most eBooks and read a few chapters so you get the gist of a story before committing to it – like you would at a bookstore.
You can also sign up for an eBook subscription service, such as Kindle Unlimited ($13.99/month), which gives you access to millions of titles for one affordable monthly fee. While collections vary, this is a great way to save money if you’re someone who burns through books very quickly.
Less weight to carry
Have you ever tried lugging a 500-page novel around on the train or on the way to school? Not only is it uncomfortable to read from such a large book, but most are too heavy to carry or too big to fit in your pocket. God forbid you’re the type of guy who has to take three or more books with you on vacation.
With an eReader you can store literally thousands of titles and they are all accessible at your fingertips.
More space in your home
While we all love the idea of a home library (who doesn’t?), it just isn’t practical for most of us. Some of us live in shoebox-sized apartments, while others can’t justify buying their significant other ten bookshelves.
And if you thought you could get away with donating a few old books to your local Vinnies, you’d be dead wrong. Most Op stores are already filled to the brim with donations and will refuse your catalog of beloved books.
An eReader, on the other hand, is a slim device that fits nicely on your bedside table or in the front pocket of your bag. It hardly takes up any space and weighs around 170g. On a positive note, fewer books means more room for houseplants, if that’s your thing.
You can read in the dark
Not that we’d recommend it, but reading in the dark can certainly drive you crazy. If you’re a lifelong reader, you probably have a core memory of being so engrossed in a good book that you read under the covers with a flashlight. At least until your parents arrest you.
We’re not saying your parents are wrong, but at least you can read comfortably in low light with a Kindle or other e-reader. The best thing about eReaders is that you can adjust their brightness to your liking and change their color to a warm amber glow. This will make it much easier for you to fall asleep afterwards and it will put less strain on your eyes.
Which Kindles are currently on sale?
Now that you’re well acquainted with the benefits of an eReader, you’re probably wondering, “Which Kindle is best for me?”
If you’re on a budget and want a Kindle that you can use casually, get the original Kindle. Unlike previous models, this one now has a built-in front light so you can read day or night. While it normally costs $139 MSRP, now you can Get it for $99 here.
While the basic Kindle gets the job done, it doesn’t offer many of the awesome features that make the eReader experience even more enjoyable. If you’re a little more serious about e-reading, check out the Kindle Paperwhite, which comes with a 6.8-inch anti-glare screen, waterproof design, and adjustable warm light. Its features make it your best beach companion for your summer reading festival or a comfy late-night read. This Kindle is available now for $199 (was $239).
The Kindle Paperwhite is our top pick if you want to delve into the world of eReaders, but if you want to take it to the next level, opt for the Kindle PaperWhite Signature Edition. For an additional $50, you can upgrade your reading game with twice the storage capacity (from 8GB to 16GB). While the screen size and resolution are the same as the regular edition, it offers the added bonus of wireless charging – if that’s what you’re into. You can purchase the Kindle PaperWhite Signature Edition here for $249 (MSRP $289).
The final Kindle option on sale is the Kindle Oasis, Amazon’s premium e-reader option. The screen is a solid 7-inch and is anti-glare, with a 25-LED front light making it better and brighter than lower-end models. And it still offers all of the above. The main difference from the others in this range is the auto-rotating page orientation, meaning you can fold it to the side if you’d rather read on a wider screen. Kindle Oasis prices range from $399 to $559.
Understandably, this is a hefty investment in the world of eReaders. The cheapest model you can find in the Kindle Oasis range is the 8GB version now on sale for $329 (was $399). The next offers 32 GB and is Available for $379 (was $449).
Finally, the most expensive Kindle Oasis edition is this 32GB version, which unlike the others can support free 4G LTE as well as typical Wi-Fi connectivity. It’s currently down to $489 (down from $559) if you want to check it out here.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which eReader is best for you. But when it comes to affordability and convenience, Amazon’s Kindle range is a solid choice.