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Amazon’s $99 Kindle Delivers a Paper-quality Reading Experience

by Suzanne Kantra on September 14, 2022

When you read the text in a book, it’s printed at 300 dots per inch (dpi), and to replicate that physical book quality, you need an eReader with a 300 pixels-per-inch (ppi) display. Amazon’s more expensive Kindle products have had 300ppi displays for years, and now, the entry-level 2022 Kindle (11th generation) ($99.99) and Kindle Kids ($119.99) finally get one.

Father and son holding Kindle 11th gen and Kindle Kids 11th gen with Space Whale on a porch with trees in the background.

When Amazon last refreshed the Kindle in 2019 (10th generation), it had a 167ppi display, so you’ll really notice the upgrade to the 2022 model’s 300ppi display. While the most significant improvement is to the display, the 2022 Kindle and Kindle Kids received a few other important updates. Battery life is now up to six weeks from four weeks, and storage capacity is doubled from 8GB to 16GB. And the 2022 model is slightly smaller and lighter than the 2019 edition while maintaining a 6-inch display. The 2022 model is 6.2 by 4.3 by 0.32 inches (versus 6.3 by 4.5 by 0.34 inches) and 5.56 ounces (versus 6.1 ounces).

Kindle 11th generation shown on a dish towel with a bowl of cereal, sugar bowl, juice glass, coffee, bowl or fruit and glasses for size comparison.

The Kindle Kids 2022 shares all of the specs with the Kindle 2022 – like the Kindle 2019 shares the same specs as the Kindle 2019 – and adds a cover, a 2-year worry-free guarantee, and a one-year subscription to Kindle Kids+ for access to age-appropriate books and audiobooks for kids ages three to twelve (make sure you unsubscribe after year if you don't want to continue the service or you'll be charged $7.99 per month or $4.99 per month for Prime members.) The only additional difference is the selection of covers. The 2022 Kindle Kids will come with the option of Ocean Explorer, Unicorn Valley, or Space Whale, whereas the 2019 edition has pink, blue, Rainbow Birds, and Space Station.

Kindle Kids 11 generation covers in: (from the left) Ocean Explorer, Unicorn Valley, or Space Whale

You can pre-order the Kindle for $99.99 (with lock screen ads) and the Kindle Kids for $119.99 today, with delivery on October 12, 2022.

If you own a Kindle, you can trade it in and receive an Amazon credit for its appraised value plus you'll get 20 percent off a new Kindle. If you're not planning on handing down your current Kindle, it's worth checking. Amazon will show you the trade-in value for any Kindles you have registered to your Amazon account. I have ancient Kindles from 2007 and 2011 registered to my Amazon account, and Amazon is offering $5 for each.

Looking for ways to get more out of your eReader? Check out my tips on finding free and cheap ebooks. And if you’re still reading on your phone, check out how to make text larger and other ways to reduce eyestrain.

[Image credit: Amazon]

For the past 20+ years, Techlicious founder Suzanne Kantra has been exploring and writing about the world’s most exciting and important science and technology issues. Prior to Techlicious, Suzanne was the Technology Editor for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and the Senior Technology Editor for Popular Science. Suzanne has been featured on CNN, CBS, and NBC.


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