At some point over the past month, Amazon increased the price of their leather and fabric covers for the 11th generation Kindle Paperwhite, and the price of the wireless charging dock for the Signature Edition model has gone up as well.
Last month when I posted the Kindle Paperwhite covers comparison the prices were what they’ve always been since the Kindle Paperwhite 5 was released in October of 2021.
Now the leather covers for the Kindle Paperwhite are listed at $43.99 for three of the four color choices. The “Lavender Haze” color is the only one still priced at $39.99 like before.
It’s even worse for the fabric covers. All three colors went from $29.99 up to $34.99.
The price of the wireless charging dock for the Signature Edition model has increased as well, up from $29.99 to $32.99.
They didn’t increase the price of the cork cover for the Kindle Paperwhite; it’s still listed at $49.99.
Amazon also found a subtle way to increase the price of the Kindle Paperwhite recently. With the release of the new entry-level Kindle for 2022, they added a 16GB version of the Paperwhite for an extra $10, which makes sense considering the new Kindle comes with 16GB as well, but it makes you wonder if Amazon is going to discontinue the 8GB version of the Paperwhite after they clear inventory (do we really need three storage options for a Paperwhite?).
The weird thing is the price of covers for other Kindles hasn’t increased as far as I can tell. It’s just Amazon’s covers for the Kindle Paperwhite. The prices were already kind of high to begin with, especially compared to third-party covers, so this price increase isn’t helping matters any, but it is starting to make the Kindle Paperwhite Kids bundle look like an even better deal than it was before considering it comes with a free cover and no ads.
I suppose these are in anticipation that people are buying holiday gifts. I ended up getting two of the wireless charging docks that were “like new” for around $4 each, so that’s good.
Unfortunately that seems to be a common trend lately to increase prices before a sale, so the deals aren’t really as good as they would seem. I’ve never seen Amazon do that with Kindle products before, though.