Is the New Kindle with Frontlight a Good Deal at $69?


New Kindle

This week Amazon put the new entry-level Kindle on sale for the first time since it was released, which took less than one month.

Kindles frequently go on sale so it’s hard to judge them off their list price. The new Kindle has a retail price of $89 with Special Offers (ads on the homescreen and lockscreen) and $109 without ads.

The current sale price of the new Kindle is $69 with Special Offers and $89 without.

It’s weird how Amazon decided to discount the new Kindle Paperwhite by $40 but they only discounted the entry-level Kindle by $20.

As far as dedicated ebook readers go, that’s just an average deal. The Kindle Paperwhite 4 at $89 is a much better value considering the upgrades it brings to the table, including a higher resolution screen, double the storage space, and a waterproof design.

As noted in my 2019 Kindle review, I ended up liking the new Kindle more than I thought I would. But with the Paperwhite only $20 more it makes you wonder why Amazon even bothered releasing a new entry-level model at all.

If Amazon is going to continue discounting the Paperwhite by twice as much as the entry-level model then the Paperwhite is always going to be the best deal.

It’ll be interesting to see what price the new Kindle sells for on Prime Day in July when Amazon usually has the best Kindle deals.

If Amazon discounts the new Kindle by $40 like they did the Paperwhite we’d have a $49 Kindle, and that would be an excellent bargain for a frontlit ebook reader. But at $69 you’re better off dropping an extra Jackson and getting the Paperwhite instead.

2 Responses to “Is the New Kindle with Frontlight a Good Deal at $69?”

  1. Amazon is using a textbook three tier model. That means the Paperwhite is the target device for sale. The Kindle exists to be a bargain, which it is, but the Paperwhite is so close in price that it is easy to justify the upgrade. The Oasis on the other end of the spectrum is fancy, high tech and premium. It attracts people to the brand. When the customer looks at the price though, well the Paperwhite is almost the same thing for much less, so it’s much easier to justify the price than if you had not seen the Oasis.

    Basically, the Kindle and the Oasis only exist to sell more Paperwhites. Any weird seeming pricing decisions for those two models revolve around that fact.

    • I remember you saying that before and I think you’re right. That really is the most logical reason, and the fact they never put the Oasis on sale is further proof. If they would just come up with a line of Kindles that were distinctively different from each other they wouldn’t need to rely on those kind of marketing tricks. I still can’t believe they refuse to release a large Kindle when there’s clearly a market for them.