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Amazon’s latest entry-level Kindle has received its first discount in time for Black Friday. The company sells the ad-supported Kindle 2022 for $85, which is $15 less than the official price. It makes it tempting if you’re planning a gift for the bookworm in your life, or if you’re just waiting for a deal to get you Amazon’s most affordable e-reader.
The Refreshed Starter Kindle is a major upgrade. The centerpiece is a 6-inch 300 pixel-per-inch screen that’s much sharper than its predecessor’s 167PPI screen, making text much easier on the eyes. A longer six-week battery life, USB-C charging, and doubled storage (16GB) also make it decidedly more convenient than the previous model. You might not need more than that to have your dream eReader, although you might want to pay extra to avoid ads on the lock screen.
If you need more, however, Amazon Black Friday sale in progress gives you options. Most notably, the Kindle Paperwhite is still available for $95. You won’t get as much storage for that money (you’ll have to spend $100), but you’ll get a larger 6.8-inch screen, bath-friendly water resistance, and an adjustable warm light. If you don’t need those perks or just want the smallest reader in the lineup, the basic Kindle is still easy to justify.