How Much Does a Kindle Cost?

Last Updated on May 19, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

The Kindle has become the go-to e-reader for many book lovers. But between the different models available and added features like cellular connectivity, how much does a Kindle actually cost? In this guide, we’ll break down the prices for every Kindle version so you can find the best e-reader option for your budget.

When looking at the cost of a Kindle, you first need to consider which model you want. Amazon currently offers four main Kindle options: the basic Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Oasis, and Kindle Fire tablets.

Prices range from around $90 for the entry-level Kindle to $250 for the top-of-the-line Oasis. We’ll explore the specific pricing for each model in more detail below.

How Much Does a Kindle Cost?

Basic Kindle

The standard Kindle with a 6″ display and built-in light starts at just $89.99. This is Amazon’s most affordable e-reader and a great option if you just want the simplest digital reading experience.

Upgrading to the ad-free version costs $20 more at $109.99. With this version, you avoid lock screen ads and sponsored screensavers.

Kindle Paperwhite

The mid-range Kindle Paperwhite comes in two versions:

  • The base Kindle Paperwhite with 8GB storage is $129.99 or $144.99 without ads.
  • The Paperwhite Signature Edition with 32GB storage and auto-adjusting light is $179.99 or $194.99 without ads.

So you’ll pay $50 more for double the storage and premium features.

Kindle Oasis

The high-end Kindle Oasis also comes in two variants:

  • The regular Oasis with 8GB storage retails for $249.99 or $264.99 ad-free.
  • The 32GB Oasis is $279.99 or $294.99 without ads.

Here, upgrading from 8GB to 32GB of storage adds $30 to the price.

Kindle Fire Tablets

Amazon’s Fire tablets start at just $59.99 for the Fire 7. The prices increase based on screen size and storage:

  • Fire 7 (16GB): $59.99
  • Fire HD 8 (32GB): $89.99
  • Fire HD 8 Plus (32GB): $109.99
  • Fire HD 10 (32GB): $149.99

There are also 64GB versions of the HD 8, 8 Plus, and 10 that cost $20 more.

On Amazon.com, Kindle Unlimited membership increased from $9.99 to $11.99 per month. Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle, including Kindle Paperwhite (16 GB), leather cover, and power adapter, priced at $211.97.


Overall, Fire tablets are much cheaper than Kindle e-readers, providing a budget-friendly multi-media experience beyond just reading ebooks.

How Features Impact the Cost of a Kindle

The pricing difference between Kindle models and versions largely comes down to hardware features. Here are some of the key features that make some models cost more than others:

  • Display – The Paperwhite and Oasis have 300 ppi displays for crisp, print-quality text while the base Kindle is only 167 ppi.
  • Waterproofing – The Oasis and Paperwhite Signature are waterproof (IPX8 rating), allowing reading in the bath or poolside without worry.
  • Adaptive Light – The Oasis and Paperwhite Signature automatically adjust the display brightness based on your environment.
  • Storage – More internal memory allows you to store more books and audiobooks.
  • Cellular Connectivity – Some models offer built-in 4G LTE connectivity for around $50 more so you can download books anywhere without WiFi.
  • Premium Materials – The Oasis has an aluminum body and adjustable warm light for a higher-end reading experience.

So in short, the more features a Kindle model has, the higher the price will be. You’re paying for a mix of hardware upgrades and convenience.

Subscription Options and Content Costs

Beyond the upfront cost of the Kindle itself, you also need to consider recurring subscriptions and content purchases. A few options here can enhance your reading experience:

  • Kindle Unlimited – For $9.99/month, you get unlimited access to over 1 million ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. This lets you read as much as you want for a low monthly fee.
  • Audible – An Audible membership runs $14.95/month after a 30-day free trial. This gives you credits for audiobooks and access to exclusive content. You can also pay for individual audiobooks without a subscription.
  • Amazon Prime – If you have a Prime membership ($12.99/month or $119/year), you get access to Prime Reading which offers thousands of free ebooks and magazines.
  • Individual ebooks – Ebook prices vary widely depending on the title, but most cost between $1.99 to $12.99. So your book purchasing costs will depend on how much you read.

You might also like our articles on the cost of Accelerated Reader, Paramount Plus, or Amazon Prime.

Accessorize Your Kindle

Kindle CaseYou’ll likely also want to buy some Kindle accessories to protect your device and enhance usability. Here are some of the most popular add-ons and their typical price ranges:

  • Cases – $15 to $45
  • Screen Protectors – $10 to $20
  • Chargers – $15 to $25
  • Reading Lights – $10 to $35
  • Styluses – $8 to $28

You can often find these accessories in discounted multi-packs or bundles. With deals, you could accessorize your Kindle for under $100.

Find Discounts and Deals

Luckily, Amazon offers regular deals and discounts to help you save on your Kindle and accessories:

  • Device Sales – Older Kindle models go on sale periodically, with prices as low as $59.99 for a base Kindle.
  • Prime Exclusive Discounts – Prime members get special offers on Kindle devices, saving up to $50.
  • Used Kindle Devices – You can find discounted used or refurbished Kindles from Amazon or other resellers.
  • Coupons and Promos – Look for sites like Goodreads that give out promo codes for $5 to $20 off Kindles.
  • Accessory Bundles – Bundled cases, chargers, and lights are often cheaper than buying separately.

With discounts, you could potentially buy a new Kindle for 20% off or more during major sales events like Prime Day or Black Friday. The key is watching for deals!

Kindle Prices vs Other Popular E-Readers

To put the Kindle pricing in context, here’s a quick look at how it compares against some competitors:

  • Kobo e-readers start at around $100 for the Nia and go up to $200 for the Libra 2.
  • Barnes & Noble’s Nook GlowLight 3 retails for $120, the same as the entry-level Kindle.
  • Apple’s iPad Mini starts at $399, making it pricier than even the high-end Kindle Oasis.

Overall, most of Amazon’s Kindle models beat competitors on price while offering similar functionality. The Fire tablets are also substantially cheaper than an iPad for basic tablet features. So Kindle devices remain very competitively priced against the e-reader/tablet market.

Final Words

Considering the different Kindle models and pricing, you can get an excellent e-reader starting between $60 and $90. Even the premium Oasis experience costs less than competitors at $250.

With flexible subscriptions, frequent deals, and cheap accessorizing, the Kindle ecosystem provides exceptional value for book lovers.

For casual readers, a base Kindle or Fire tablet offers an affordable entry point. Heavy readers who want ultimate features and storage can invest a bit more in the Oasis or Paperwhite Signature. And thanks to Amazon’s subsidies, Kindles beat most competitors on price for the hardware you get.

So if you read books daily or just occasionally, rest assured that there’s a reasonably priced Kindle out there to suit your budget and needs!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are books free on Kindle?

Many books are available for free on Kindle through Kindle Unlimited subscriptions, Prime Reading for Prime members, and free classics available through Project Gutenberg. However, most newer bestsellers and popular titles still require purchase on Kindle.

The selection of free books is limited compared to Kindle’s overall catalog of millions of titles across ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. So while you can certainly find free reading content, the majority of books still need to be bought individually.

Can you read Kindle without WiFi?

Yes, you can read Kindle books without a WiFi connection. Any books downloaded to your Kindle device will be available offline. Some Kindle models also have built-in 4G LTE connectivity that allows you to shop for and download new books without WiFi access.

However, to purchase and sync new books to your Kindle, you will need to connect periodically to WiFi or 4G LTE.

Is there a monthly fee for Kindle?

There is no required monthly fee to use an Amazon Kindle e-reader or Fire tablet. The devices themselves are a one-time purchase without recurring fees.

However, to access additional content like unlimited ebooks or audiobook subscriptions, optional monthly fees apply for services like Kindle Unlimited ($9.99/month) or Audible ($14.95/month). These subscription services are not necessary for basic Kindle use but offer extra benefits and content.

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