Editors’ notice (June 22, 2016): Amazon has unveiled an up to date model of this Kindle that is barely thinner and lighter, and provides a number of new options.

Good, higher, finest. That is what you are taking a look at with regards to Amazon’s Kindle e-ink e-readers nowadays, with the e-reader you see right here — the 2014 Kindle — representing the entry-level or “good” mannequin within the lineup. It retails for $79 within the US, £59 within the UK, and AU$111 in Australia.

Just like the line-topping Voyage ($199 within the US, £179 within the UK, not but obtainable from Amazon Australia), that is a completely new Kindle (final 12 months’s second-gen Paperwhite stays within the line, occupying the “higher” spot for $119 within the US, £109 within the UK, and AU$151 in Australia). However not like the Voyage, it would not appear all that contemporary and thrilling, although it does have the touch-screen lacking from Amazon’s earlier entry-level Kindle , final up to date in 2012.

The truth is, it is a little bit generic-looking. That stated, it appears a bit higher engineered than different entry-level e-readers I’ve used — it weighs in at a fairly svelte 6.7 ounces (191 grams) and measures zero.40 inch (10.2 mm) thick — and there is one thing endearing about its clear, utilitarian design that appears to say, “I am boring however you possibly can depend on me to do my job.”

That job is to retailer and serve up e-books (and different paperwork) on a display screen that is simply readable in direct daylight. Amazon has bumped the interior storage as much as 4GB in all its e-readers (it was once 2GB), none of which have ever provided an expandable storage choice. That 4GB is sufficient to retailer hundreds of e-books, so, in concept, you should not want extra storage. Nevertheless, for those who’re a PDF hoarder, this in all probability is not the e-reader for you.

Amazon has additionally unified all its e-readers beneath a 1GHz processor, so the core specs on all of the e-readers are virtually similar, save for the truth that the Voyage has 1GB of RAM, whereas its siblings have half that. That additional RAM helps make the Voyage barely zippier.

You too can get the Paperwhite and Voyage in Wi-Fi + “free” 3G variations for $60 and $70 extra respectively within the US. This entry-level mannequin solely is available in a Wi-Fi model. And as at all times, if you wish to take away the “particular affords” from the gadget and render it ad-free, that’ll price you an additional $20 or £10 with any of the Kindles.

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The Kindle (2014) is zero.40 inch thick and weighs 6.7 ounces.

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Unifying all of the Kindles’ specs — and having touchscreens on all of the gadgets — has enabled Amazon to supply the identical Kindle expertise throughout its e-reader line and streamline updates. The expertise on all of the gadgets goes to be fairly related, however one key characteristic you acquire by stepping as much as the Paperwhite and Voyage is an built-in mild. (Amazon sells a clip-on mild accent for the 2014 Kindle that retails for $15 or £16.)

These fashions even have barely extra responsive capacitive touchscreens, whereas the 2014 Kindle goes with the older infrared-based touchscreen (IR sensors are embedded within the bezel).

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