• What is Amazon Kindle?
  • Types of Kindles in India
  • Accessories needed for Amazon Kindle
  • Bottom-line

Buying Guide: Kindle

Without any doubt, the best device available for readers in the market is Amazon Kindle. However, there are different versions of the same device which makes the selection a little difficult. If you are planning to buy a device and do not know which one to go for, here’s a guide to help you out!

Kindle Buying Guide

What is Amazon Kindle?

Amazon Kindle is a new breed of e-book readers that is designed by Amazon. It is a dedicated e-book reader which helps you load e-books to read on the go. The e-ink technology with which each Kindle comes makes the device ideal for reading. The clear and crisp text that is displayed on screen makes the e-reading device feel like a book.

Why I Should Buy a Kindle?

If you are a reader who loves to indulge in books rather than sitcoms and endless browsing, then a Kindle is for you. It is for the readers and for the bookworms.Some reasons why you should buy a Kindle,

• Reading is your favorite hobby.

• You don’t like to wait for your book delivery.

• You don’t like distractions.

• You want to pay less for your books.

• You prefer personalization.

Types of Kindles in India

Though there are many models of Amazon Kindle in the United States, only limited models are available in India. If you spend a lot of your time reading books, then consider buying one of these three models available in India.

Amazon Kindle

This entry-level model is the most cost effective device you can purchase in India. Ideally suited for the budget reader, Amazon Kindle has a 6” glare-free touchscreen which is clearly visible even under bright sunlight. The touchscreen display reads like real paper.

The device which weighs 191 grams, is lighter than a paperback and fits easily in your pocket. It comes with an in-built storage of 4GB which can hold thousands of books. There is a 1GHz processor under the hood which takes care of the processing needs. A single charge can make the device last for up to 4 weeks (depending on the usage). There is a built-in Wi-Fi which lets you go wireless whenever you want to.


• Large 6-inch touchscreen display.

• Good Battery Life - Upto 4 weeks on a single charge.

• Affordable Pricing.


• No 3G Connectivity.

• Lack of Backlit Display.

Kindle Paperwhite

Introduced recently, Kindle Paperwhite looks like the original Amazon Kindle. However, there are some added features that set it apart from other models. The new Kindle Paperwhite comes with a sharp resolution of 300 pixels per inch. This makes the screen look sharp and the text very legible.

The backlit display makes it a pleasure to look at the screen. There are two versions of the same Kindle Paperwhite model - WiFi and WiFi+3G. The second model costs a bit more since there is 3G connectivity that comes with the device. The X-Ray feature that comes with the device makes reading very interesting. You can check all the passages in a book for similar ideas, characters, historical figures or places by simply pressing and holding on a word.


• Backlit Display.

• Snappy Performance.

• Excellent Battery Life.


• Same old design like Amazon Kindle.

• No ambient light sensor.

• Cannot play audio books.

Kindle voyage

The top notch model among other Kindle models is the Kindle Voyage. Unlike the basic model and Paperwhite model, Kindle Voyage looks more like a tablet and also has a similar tablet feel. The flagship Kindle device is like none other and scores on the design quotient.

The 6-inch screen on the device has a resolution of 1072p with 300ppi. It has an adaptive light sensor to provide a clearer display. The device is lightweight and can be carried along without any difficulty. With design that mimics Kindle Fire Tablet, Kindle Voyage looks stunning and is feature-packed. The battery life lasts for 8 weeks on a single charge (depends on the usage of the device).


• Bold and Attaractive design.

• Impressive screen resolution with e-ink display.

• Ambient light sensor.


• Not a huge upgrade over kindle paperwhite.

• A Little Expensive.

Accessories needed for Amazon Kindle

Kindle PowerFast Chargers

Kindle devices come with USB cables which can be connected to computer to charge the device. However, there are times when you need a superfast charger to get your device out with you. A PowerFast adapter comes to help during these times. The adapter charges the Kindle device in 2 hours or less so that you can quickly get it out.

Kindle Covers

When you buy a Kindle device, it is important to protect your investment with a case/cover. There are slim, lightweight and fitting cases that cover your e-reading device. Though a lot of different types of covers are available, it is good to go for one that has a magnetic closure to keep the device safe. You can wake up your Kindle and put it to sleep by opening and closing the cover.


If you are an avid book reader looking for a budget device that suits your reading needs, go for Amazon Kindle (entry-level) which has all the basic features of a good e-book reader. If backlit display and 3G connectivity is needed, you can go for the Kindle Paperwhite. To enjoy a flagship experience, it is recommended to pick Kindle Voyage. Understand your personal preferences and choose wisely. After all, you will be the one using the device.