Amazon has established its Kindle as the benchmark reader. Which one is the most suitable for your needs, we explain everything to you in this guide.
If Amazon did not create the category, it is undeniable that the company has succeeded in making its Kindle synonymous with the e-reader. If the brand is widely competed in France by the Kobos, sold mainly by Fnac, it remains the market leader. The Kindle has their history, the power of Amazon and a price advantage, at least for the entry-level Kindle.
The Kindle store is also by far the best-stocked on the market, but it comes with a certain confinement.
If you’re not sure which brand to head to, you can also read our pick of the best e-readers, regardless of brand, or our guide to Kobo e-readers if that’s where your preference is.
The Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon’s mid-range e-reader and we believe it offers a very good price / performance ratio. It starts with a 6-inch, anti-glare, “smooth” high-definition screen. That is to say, it is integrated on the same plane as the frame of the object. The Paperwhite has a resolution of 300 pixels per inch, the characters will be displayed with as much finesse as on a paper book. It’s better for the eyes.
The other advantage of the Kindle Paperwhite is the IPx8 water resistance. So you won’t have to worry about an accidental fall if you read in your tub or by the pool. On the other hand, it ignores the variable temperature backlighting. It’s a shame, because this feature is very useful on an e-reader. We’ll talk a little further down.
You will have to rely on a classic backlighting, the intensity of which can be varied. It’s best for reading in bed at night. The e-reader has 8 GB of storage by default and there is also a 32 GB version with or without 4G. The first will be more than enough if you only read books. If you are fond of manga, comics, and other graphic novels, then purchasing the 32 GB model is worth considering. It will then be necessary to pay 30 euros extra. The basic model is marketed at 129 euros “with special offers”. If you want to know more, you can check out our Kindle Paperwhite review.
If you are a heavy reader and especially want a larger screen, you will have to go to the Kindle Oasis. This e-reader is distinguished first of all by its 7-inch screen with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch. You therefore gain in size, but not in fineness of display. Its form factor also changes since we will find a wider and thicker straight border which forms a kind of handle and improves its grip. The latter also incorporates two buttons to turn pages without having to move a finger. This is a real plus for heavy readers.
The move upmarket is also reflected in a variable temperature backlight, it is the only Kindle to offer it today while the entire range of Kobo has it. If it is usually white on the Kindle, it can turn yellow in the evening with the Oasis. It is comparable to a “night mode” found on smartphones. This feature seems particularly relevant to us on an e-reader which is often used in bed before going to bed.
For the rest, we will find the same configuration as on the Paperwhite. This includes in particular waterproofing or 8 GB of storage by default, 32 optional with or without 4G as well. It should also be noted that the size of the e-reader implies a greater weight, but it remains under 200 grams (188 precisely). Count 249 euros for the basic model, without special offers.
We end with the entry level, held by the Amazon Kindle “short“. It is a simple, even simplistic e-reader, which provides only the essentials. Playback will be on a 6-inch screen, but its resolution is limited to 167 pixels per inch. The display is therefore less precise. You will find a 4 LED backlight to read at night. Unsurprisingly, the temperature is not adjustable and it is not water resistant either.
This little e-reader comes with 4 GB of storage, this corresponds to approximately 3000 books, it is sufficient for most readers, even if we would still have appreciated having 8 GB. Thanks to its 6-inch screen, its format is also reduced so that it can be transported everywhere quite easily. Like other e-readers, its autonomy is sufficient to last several days, or even weeks, depending on your use.
The biggest advantage of this Kindle remains its price since it is negotiated against 79 euros with special offers and 89 without. This makes it one of the cheapest e-readers on the market and therefore a very good entry point to start electronic reading.
Good to know before buying a Kindle e-reader
What are Kindle “specials”?
Special offers are advertisements. They are displayed as screensavers when the e-reader is not in use, and as a banner at the bottom of the home screen. They are not displayed during playback. Not very intrusive, but still visible, they reduce the purchase price of the Kindle by 10 euros. Note that you can remove them after purchase, for 20 euros on the other hand.
What is 4G for on a Kindle?
Some Kindle models have 4G connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi. The latter is offered for all uses related to Kindle such as the purchase of books or assistance, some charges may apply abroad however . This option allows you to download books on the go.
Very useful when it was launched, this option is no longer of great interest at a time when Wi-Fi networks are easily found and where any smartphone can share its connection in a second.
Amazon Prime and Kindle, what are the advantages?
If you are an Amazon Prime customer, you have access to Prime Reading. This allows you to “borrow” a book for free every month, with no return deadline. However, only one book can be borrowed at the same time.
If you are a heavy reader, the offer Subscription Kindle (Kindle Unlimited) may be of interest to you. It gives access for 10 euros per month to a catalog of one million titles, including 35,000 in French.
What formats are supported by Kindle?
Kindle supports the following formats:. AZW3 and. AZW as well as .TXT, .PDF ,. Unprotected MOBI ,. Native PRC ,. HTML, .DOC and. DOCX ,. JPEG, .GIF ,. PNG and .BMP converted. As you can see, there are no EPUB and EPUB3 standards unlike Kobos. However, you can convert these for reading on your Kindle with software. The best known is Calibre and we highly recommend that you use it if you get books outside of the Kindle store.
Kindle, is it masculine or feminine?
Long debate that is that of the kind of Kindle. If we naturally tend to use the feminine for “the Kindle reader”, Amazon uses the masculine, so we have chosen to follow suit.