A cheap Kindle sale is never hard to find, as Amazon is keen to keep its dominance of the ereader market. Kindle prices for most of the devices are already great value given the high quality you get in your hands.
We’re rounding up all the cheapest Kindle deals as various retailers compete to try to offer you the best bargains. We’ve covered every readily-available model including the basic Kindles, the excellent all-rounder Paperwhites and the super fancy Kindle Oasis luxury ereader. If you’re interested in more than just reading ebooks, the Fire tablet range is covered in our full roundup of the best Amazon Fire Tablet deals too – they’re a much cheaper alternative to those pricey iPad deals.
Come Black Friday 2019, all these products will be cheaper though – Amazon will likely cut the prices of its own products, and other retailers will inevitably follow suit to stay competitive. Cyber Monday a few days later will bring the same phenomena, so it’s a great time to try and find a new cheap Kindle.
If you’re on the lookout for a great Black Friday deal, and a Kindle is on your wish list, you’re in the right place, as TechRadar will be monitoring deals from all the major retailers across the world to hunt down the best savings for you. Bookmark our Black Friday homepage where we can bring you all the best savings.
Naturally, we’ll explain the differences between the various Kindle devices too so you can make the most informed decision about which one suits you best. We’ve provided a quick overview of the latest deals directly below, keep scrolling though and you’ll see an extensive list of Kindle prices for each model.
What makes a good Kindle price?
These ereaders don’t have LCD screens or powerful internal components. So you’ll find Kindle sale prices are far cheaper than tablets and phones. The screens are fantastic for glare-free reading and an immediate improvement over using the Kindle app on your phone or tablet too.
If you can find the Kindle Paperwhite for under US$129/£120/AU$199 you’re getting a good price. The new entry-level Kindle 2019 model will surely see some discounts soon on its $89.99/£69/AU$139 price. The top of the line Kindle Oasis model prices start at $269/£229/AU$389 and rarely drops lower.
What do ‘Special Offers’ mean on the Kindle listings?
When looking at a Kindle ereader listing, whether it’s on Amazon’s website, or on a different retailer’s site, you’ll often see ‘includes special offers’ in the title or item description. Choose without special offers and the price will jump up £10/US$20.
Essentially, these Special Offers act as Amazon-based screensaver-style advertisements on your Kindle device. So when you pop your Kindle on from sleep mode you’ll see an ad for a book on Amazon’s Kindle store, or maybe a third party ad.
Annoying right? Actually, I opted for with Special Offers (I do love a cheap deal), and it’s not bothered me one bit. You can swipe the ad away easily (no trying to find the tiny X icon here) and get on with your reading straight away. When in sleep mode, the ads cycle on the screen, but they’re not illuminated and they don’t seem to consume any power. They don’t slow anything down when powering on the device after shutdown either.
Seeing as they don’t interfere with the experience at all, I’m glad I didn’t spend the extra money to block them. Hey, some of them (sales ads etc) have been worth clicking through to. If you really don’t like them though, you can always pay the difference at a later date to get them removed. So we’d opt for the cheaper ‘includes special offers’ option first.
Here are the best cheap Kindle prices currently available…
Kindle Paperwhite 2018 prices
Excellent value for a backlit screen and waterproofing
Screen size: 6-inch | Storage: 8GB/32GB | Resolution: 300ppi | Weight: 182g | Backlight: yes | Touchscreen: yes | Battery life: up to six weeks
Flush screen design
Reasonably priced for the tech inside
Amazon has an updated version of the excellent Kindle Paperwhite and it’s just been released. And this is no mere by-the-numbers update with a deep dive on internal spec sheet required to spot the differences (let’s leave that to the MacBooks right?). The 2018 version of the Paperwhite is so good you might be tempted to ditch the previous version, which we still love very much.
The backlit screen is now flush with the bezel, meaning no more places for dust or hair to get stuck. And part of the reasoning behind this upgrade is to ensure the Kindle Paperwhite is now a waterproof ereader, just like the far more expensive (but absolutely beautiful) Kindle Oasis. The cheapest model now has double the storage capacity at 8GB which is handy if you you’re reading image-heavy books like graphic novels/comics. And it’s 20 grams lighter. That extra space is also handy for audiobooks, a new addition to the Paperwhite that you can take advantage of via bluetooth speakers/headphones.
We expect prices to drop on the older model to clear stock out, so you could get a decent discount there (see further down this page for the older Paperwhite prices). As for the new Kindle Paperwhite 2018, prices start at $129.99/£119.99/AU$199. The 2018 Kindle Paperwhite is well on its way to surpassing the previous model, which was already the best value ereader on the planet.
Kindle 2019 prices
Entry-level Kindle now has a backlit screen
Screen size: 6-inch | Storage: 4GB | Resolution: 167ppi | Weight: 174g | Backlight: Yes | Touchscreen: Yes | Battery life: Up to four weeks
Includes a backlit screen
Worth paying extra over previous version
Resolution still a little low
Amazon’s latest take on the entry-level Kindle was given a boost for 2019 by including a built-in light, meaning you don’t have to get the Kindle Paperwhite if you want to read your Kindle at night without any extra lighting in the room. It’s a neat upgrade, but it has pushed the starting price up a little compared to the 2016 starting Kindle. The Amazon Kindle with a built-in light starts at $89.99 / £69.99 / AU$139.
The screen itself though is still only 167 ppi, opposed to the Paperwhite’s higher resolution of 300 ppi. The Paperwhite (which is now waterproof and designed with a flush screen against the bezel) does get some chunky discounts at multiple points of the year, so if you time it right, you may not have to pay much more to get that instead of this basic (if improved) Kindle. For the full rundown, check out our latest Kindle review.
Kindle Oasis (2019)
The best is now even easier on the eyes
Screen size: 7-inch | Storage: 8GB/32GB | Resolution: 300ppi | Weight: 188g | Backlight: Yes | Touchscreen: Yes (and page turn buttons) | Battery life: up to six weeks
New screen shade look great
Better for night-reading
Not much else has changed
Still seriously expensive
Amazon has just updated the previous-gen Kindle Oasis to an all-new version. The Kindle Oasis (2019) prices start at $249.99/£229.99/AU$399. It isn’t all that different to the 2017 model in all honesty, but at least prices on that one will start to drop now.
The main new feature is an amber-shade option for the screen background. This ‘warm’ light has a much more natural feel, like an old paperback. It looks rather lovely and is less of a strain on your eyes, especially if you’re reading at night and wanting to wind down.
Otherwise, this is the same beautifully-designed waterproof luxury e-reader as last time out. So the best e-reader money can buy has actually improved a little. There’s no getting around the initial asking price is seriously high, meaning the Paperwhite is still much easier to recommend.
Amazon Kindle Oasis
The luxury ereader you’ve been waiting for?
Screen size: 7-inch | Storage: 8GB/32GB | Resolution: 300ppi | Weight: 194g | Backlight: Yes | Touchscreen: Yes (and page turn buttons) | Battery life: up to six weeks
Page turn buttons on the side
Sits beautifully in the hand
The second iteration of the Kindle Oasis costs US$249/£229/AU$389 for the cheapest Wi-Fi version. This is an upgrade over the older Oasis (which is no longer available) and a huge improvement. It’s 15% cheaper, bigger and also the first waterproof kindle, arguably justifying the top end price-tag. The Kindle Oasis is also the first kindle to support Aubidle audio books, although you’ll need a pair of bluetooth wireless headphones to use this feature as there’s no built-in speaker or 3.5mm headphone port. This new Kindle ereader’s 7-inch screen makes it the largest in the current Kindle range and tempting for readers wanting to view a larger page, meaning you won’t have to turn pages as often. The page turn buttons are given a wider bezel on the side than the now-discontinued Kindle Voyage, making it easier to hold one-handed – the screen will flip over to accommodate left-handed readers too. The considerably cheaper Paperwhite models are excellent alternatives and feature the same screen resolution. That larger screen and waterproofing for peace of mind are pretty tempting though. On the plus side, prices should start to drop now that there’s a newer model available (see above).
Amazon Kindle (2016) deals
The cheapest Kindle…while stocks last
Screen size: 6-inch | Screen type: Pearl e-paper | Storage: 4GB | Resolution: 167ppi | Weight: 161g | Backlight: no | Touchscreen: yes | Wi-Fi: yes | 3G: no | Battery life: up to four weeks
Great for a first ereader
No screen lighting
The older 2016 Kindle (aka the ‘Kindle Touch 2016’ in Australia) has recently been discontinued, so stock will eventually run out. It’s been superseded by a newer 2019 version that comes with a built-in light, which bumped up the price a tad too. This 2016 model is also available in white (the 2014 was black only), it’s lighter, thinner, has double the RAM speed and double the storage capacity at 4GB than the older version. The lack of a back-lit screen is the only thing holding it back really which is why we’d be tempted to spend a little more and opt for the newer version or the Paperwhite instead.
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