If you are new to the eBook world, you might find yourself wondering which device to get.  There are lots of pros and cons, so we’ll help you weed through the options and figure out which one is right for you.

Kindle e-readers 
First up is the e-ink reader, like the traditional
Kindle . These devices use actual ink that is moved around with magnetic pulses to form the letters and words you see on the screen. There is no back-light on these devices, which is why they are great for reading for long durations. They are great for reading in sunlight, but since they are not back-lit, you need light to be able to read when you are in a dark environment. It functions like a traditional book in that sense.  Newer versions, like the Kindle Paperwhite , have an optional light built-in, but they are still not back-lit, the light is around the edge of the screen and shines down on the “page”. This clever design means the light is not shining in your face (unlike tablets or smart phones), so there is less strain on your eyes. If you are trying to replicate the feeling of reading a traditional book, this is the best route to go. It’s definitely worth the additional spend to get one of the versions with a built-in light, like the Kindle Paperwhite  or Kindle Voyage .
Amazon Kindle
Amazon Kindle
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
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Amazon Kindle Voyage
Fire Tablets 
Second are the increasingly popular tablets, like the
Kindle Fire Lineup.  These devices are actually quite different from their e-ink cousins. They are backlit and often have very high-resolution screens and millions of colours. This is great for reading magazines or books with images (kids, especially), watching movies and TV shows, or playing games. You also don’t need a light source to read from a tablet, as they are backlit like a traditional computer screen. This will contribute to some degree of eye strain depending on how long you use it. If you are a big night-time reader, this might not be the way to go.  There is also a glare factor when considering tablets, so they may not be suitable for reading outdoors. In very bright sunlight, it may be difficult to see the screen and you may strain yourself trying to make out what is on the page.  On the plus side, tablets in the Fire range are not single-purpose devices, as you can play games, watch movies, surf the web and tons more.  E-ink devises, on the other hand, are pretty-much single use devices (although some browsing and games are possible, it’s not quite the same experience as on a full-colour tablet.)

There are a number of Fire Tablets on the market, and here is a quick rundown of how they differ:

Amazon Kindle HDX 8.9
Amazon Kindle HDX 8.9
Fire HDX 8.9 – The biggest and best of the Fire lineup. Also, the most expensive but packed with the best technology. It has the biggest screen at 8.9” and terrific resolution and both front and rear facing cameras. With storage reaching up to 64 GB, you’ll have lots of room to store your books, videos and take thousands of high-quality photos.
Amazon Kindle HDX 7
Amazon Fire HDX
Fire HDX – The runner up to the HDX 8.9.  Screen size is a bit smaller, as is the resolution. However, the storage is still up to 64 GB and starting at almost half the price of the Fire HDX 8.9, you’re getting lots of bang for your buck. Only one camera, though, but the resolution is still high enough to take some great vacation shots.
Amazon Fire HD 7
Amazon Fire HD 7
Fire HD 7 The Kindle Fire HD 7 replaced the Kindle Fire HD, and is a more affordable version of the Fire HDX. With the lower price-point, you get slightly lower resolution and less memory, but you get a front and rear facing camera. The more expensive HDX can’t even make that claim, making this model one to consider.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6
Fire HD 6The HD 6 is the entry-level Fire tablet, and at only $99 it’s a bargain! For less than the cost of dinner and a movie for a family of four, you get a 6” tablet, dual cameras, and enough memory to store a large selection of content for every member of the family. At this price, it almost make sense to have one for yourself and one for the kids – which brings us to the next option…
Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition
Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition
Fire HD Kids EditionThe Fire HD Kids Edition is actually the HD 6 or HD 7, made to withstand rambunctious little hands. The tablet comes in three different colours, and is wrapped in a kid-proof case. And with a two-year no questions asked replacement warranty, you’ll be worry-free. For the slight price increase over the non-Kids version HD 6 or HD 7, you also get a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, with access to 5,000 books, movies and TV shows, games and educational apps that are sure to keep the little ones busy. Road trips will never be the same again!
 
Of course, you don’t actually need any device to read eBooks, you can actually read any of your Kindle books on your smartphone, non-Amazon tablet (iPad etc.) or even your home computer using Amazon’s
FREE Kindle Reading App. This multi-platform app allows you to read books on a variety of devices, and will even sync to any other devices you have. You can start reading a book on your PC and pick up right where you left off on your Kindle Paperwhite later in the day. It doesn’t get easier than that.
 
When making your decision, question your main uses for the device. Are you planning on primarily reading on the device and don’t have much need for the “bells and whistles” of a tablet? Do you want to keep the price-point affordable? Plan on reading outside at the beach or snuggled up in bed? Then you should consider the Kindle e-ink lineup. Or if you want to catch up on the latest
Amazon Instant Video, then Kindle Fire is the way to go. You could cover all your bases and get one of each, but you’ll want to save some money to load up on all the bargain books we send you each day in our eBookArrow email!

Good luck and happy reading!
 


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