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Amazon announces new Kindle for 2022, blurs line between Kindle and Paperwhite

Amazon is slightly increasing the price of the Kindle but bringing over a ton of Paperwhite features.

Published onSeptember 13, 2022

Amazon Kindle 2022
  • The new Amazon Kindle for 2022 is launching today.
  • It carries over a lot of features from the Paperwhite line, making its placement quite confusing.
  • The price is going up by $10 to $99.99, which includes an ad-supported lock screen.

In the world of e-readers, none can compare to the mighty Kindle. Striking the perfect balance between features and price, if you’re in the market for an e-reader, you’re probably in the market for a Kindle.

Today, Amazon is rolling out its new Kindle for 2022. This new Kindle is an upgrade of the 10th-generation Kindle, which launched in 2019. That makes this the 11th-generation Kindle and the first entry in the basic line in over three years.

Amazon is pulling out all the stops this time around. In the previous generation, we saw the Kindle get an LED front light for the first time, which it borrowed from the Kindle Paperwhite (albeit with just four LEDs compared to the Paperwhite’s five at the time). Now, the Amazon Kindle for 2022 is grabbing even more Paperwhite features, including a higher-resolution display (300 ppi), a dark mode, twice the storage (16GB), USB-C charging, and a fully adjustable front light.

This begs the question: why would anyone buy a Paperwhite now? Really the only two things the Paperwhite has over the regular Kindle are a larger display and an IPX8 rating. The Paperwhite doesn’t even have as much storage as the regular Kindle now! That hardly makes the Paperwhite better enough to warrant its much higher price.

Speaking of price, the new Kindle is going up by $10 to its new $99.99 cost. That is for the version with an ad-supported lock screen. It comes in two colors: black or Denim. You can pre-order it today. If you do, you’ll get a free, four-month membership to Kindle Unlimited.

Amazon Kindle (2022)
Amazon Kindle (2022)
Amazon Kindle (2022)
Recycled materials • Updated features • Fast charging
MSRP: $99.99
Showing there's still more to the old dog yet, Amazon is bringing in a ton of Paperwhite features
The Amazon Kindle (2022) is the 11th generation Kindle tablet. It borrows many features from the Paperwhite, provides 16GB of storage, fast USB-C charging, and it is made mostly from recycled materials.
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