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The new Kindles: Which to choose?

Jason Snell | Sept. 30, 2011
Amazon’s Kindle product line, which expanded with three new models Wednesday, has come a long way since it was first introduced in 2007.

I’ve got an iPad and a Kindle, though. I love my iPad, but I prefer reading books (and even my morning newspaper) on the light, small Kindle with its e-ink display. Personally, I’m torn between the fourth-generation Kindle and the Kindle Touch.

If you are a current Kindle user who uses the physical keyboard a lot (or if you’re a non-Kindle user who anticipates taking lots of notes on the books you read), you should buy the Kindle Touch. If you don’t expect to use the keyboard, the adjectiveless Kindle is probably just fine. If you’re like Kayce Pollard and allergic to branding, you should pay the extra dough to avoid the Special Offers models; if you’re a deal-finder, you might prefer to save cash and then take advantage of those selfsame offers.

If you want a new Kindle for the holidays you may have to take your best guess, order one, and see what happens. If you’re not satisfied, at least Amazon will let you return it for a refund—a policy I took advantage of way back in December of 2007. The Kindle’s sure come a long way since then.


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