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[Prime] Kindle $89/Kindle Paperwhite 32GB $189 + 32GB with 4G LTE $289 delivered - Amazon AU


Some great prices on the Kindle eReaders to go along with all the book freebies. If you have been contemplating getting one of these devices for a while, here is your chance.
The standard Kindle comes in Black or White.
The Paperwhite comes in Black only.

Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with more than 2x the Storage, Free 4G LTE + Wi-Fi (32GB): https://www.amazon.com.au/Kindle-Paperwhite-E-reader-Waterpr...

Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with more than 2x the Storage (32GB): https://www.amazon.com.au/Kindle-Paperwhite-E-reader-Waterpr...


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  • +5

    There is also a deal on Kindle Unlimited, free for the first 3 months. You can cancel anytime, $13.99 per month after 3 months.

  • Are these better for books compared to the ipad?

    • +3

      Supposed to be better on your eyes than a tablet plus they're smaller as well

    • I'm torn between this thought too…Should I buy a Kindle or just get a tablet…
      A friend did tell me they will only read texts…so picture books or cookbooks etc probably won't work on it.
      Correct me if I'm wrong :)

      • +13

        Battery life is better. Comfort on a Kindle is definitely better than on a tablet. Writing is nice and crisp.
        If you read quite a bit, then this is definitely a good investment.

      • +2

        Photos appear in black and white.

      • +8

        mate, I would highly recommend to carry both iPad/android tablet and a kindle if you ever need to travel for a few days because they belong to two different category of products and serves two different purposes. My old Kindle (I guess 2GB model) served me very well to read more books (not fancy magazines) as we just use it in bright lit areas without any hassle and battery lasts for a few weeks. Get a kindle, you'll never regret it.

        • +2

          The newest Kindles have built in LED lighting for reading in all conditions. Still get weeks of reading.

          • +1

            @DashCam AKA Rolts: front lit as well, as opposed to backlit meaning much less eye strain. very clever design.

    • +17

      Depends on your purpose. If you want a dedicated E-reader that uses less power, used only for reading and will have less screen glare for outside use in the sun then probably yes, but if you only want to read occasionally and do not want to spend extra money then a ipad will still do the job. The small size factor and light weight portability for long distance travel or commutes to work on public transport are also reasons for many. Also be aware that many e-readers use e-ink so are black and white to make reading easier and conserve the battery for longer lasting.

      • +1

        +1 Very well summarised

    • +2

      It depends how much you read and where you read. I find the Kindle great for the bus/train as you don't get the screen glare. It's also great for night time reading as you can turn the back light down to the level you need and it seems gentler on the eyes.

      If you don't read much then a tablet would be fine and you can also browse the internet and use apps

    • +5

      For any reading over 30 minutes, I find the display on my Kindle much better than the iPad which makes my eyes feel tired.

      The only drawback is the limited book formats Kindle supports (unless you mess with firmware) and the lack of access to library ebooks.

    • +1

      These are better for reading amazon books or .pub / .mobi files. I have both the iPad and Kindle, and use the kindle in bed before I sleep. It also allows you to lower the backlight more then the iPad.

      In saying that, I love how on the iPad I can easily search for information about a book, or get reviews on a book. Also, any non e-book format is much better on the iPad (PDF's, test on websites, comics).

    • I have both and find kindle to be much better for reading, but if you want to take notes, highlight stuff etc. then iPad would be better.

  • The first link seems to be the normal kindle and not paperwhite.

    • That is how it is intended. Standard Kindle is also first in title, it is $89.

      • +1

        No, Brakus is correct. The link text you have "Kindle Paperwhite" but it's the standard Kindle.

  • Anyone with experience from previous Prime days - are the Kindle cases likely to be discounted along with the Kindles over the next couple of days? So far only the Kindles themselves have been discounted. Have a Kindle and case in my cart ready to go, but knowing my luck will place the order and the cases will also get discounted later.

    • +1

      I did get my discounted case during one of the Prime days years ago. Couldn’t really remember.

    • +2

      Pretty sure the kindle case for paperwhite says 50% off at checkout. Not for the non-paperwhite one though.

      • Ahh yes, I see that now. Possibly clearing them out in readiness for the next model. I'm only after the basic Kindle, so guess it's safe to pull the trigger now. Thanks for your input!

        • +1

          All good. Same here. I got the cheap model and figured if they release a new model over the coming days that I prefer, I should be able to either return it or resell it for a minor loss.

          • @atlas85: Kindle models historically are usually refreshed during Q4. The Paperwhite is likely next due for refresh, but who knows when that will be considering the global chip shortage. In any case, $89 is a bargain for the basic Kindle. The only real feature that I'm keen to see on the next model is USB-C charging.

  • +4

    The paperwhite went down to $189 twice in December. Also, I've heard that there might be a new 2021 model being announced/released tomorrow/shortly.

    Also, the paperwhite 8GB, which should be more than enough, is on sale for $149, which it also was last Nov and Dec.

    • +1

      Go for the 8gb paper white - waste of money getting a 32gb even 8gb is a insane amount of storage for e-books - about 6000 books on a 8gb kindle.

      • +1

        You don’t know how many Ebooks I have mate. I have been collecting for decades 😆

  • Funny question - can I upload my books to the device or I can use books from Amazon shop only?

    • +7

      Your amazon account gets a "[email protected]" email address.

      You can just attach .mobi ebooks to emails, send them to that address, and their appear on your kindle in a minute or so.

      If your books aren't .mobi files, convert them using the free calibre open source app on your PC.

      • I just have thousands of books on my old ebook reader, which can open any format, I even have no idea what the format is.

        • +5

          the calibre program can handle all of them in one swoop. just drag them into calibre, then transfer from calibre to the kindle. whatever needs to get converted will get converted automatically.

    • +3

      You can connect it to a computer and just drag and drop files.

      • So it's not locked device, sounds good

        • +2

          It's not locked but it doesn't support the open epub format. You can use Calibre to convert epub files into the proprietary Amazon format.

    • There's also a Amazon app called "send to Kindle" which lets your right click on compatible files and auto upload.


  • +3

    Still holding out for a USB-C Kindle. Hopefully soon…

    • Oh, is that still micro usb? Damn.. Thank you!

    • +1

      Same. Crazy that even the 400$ oasis is still micro USB

      • Literally the only thing stopping me from getting it is the lack of usb c

  • Anyone can advise some e-reader 8"+ size ?
    Screen size is more important for me than other specs

    • +3

      The Kobo Elipsa is 10.3" and coming out very soon.
      There are lots of good options if you're willing to go with a 7.8", e.g. Kobo Forma, or if you're feeling more adventurous, Boyue Likebook Mars (avail on Kogan, but be prepared to wait ages to receive it) or Onyx Nova series which generally receive positive reviews. I'd lean towards a Kobo though for warranty.

  • So, does e-Ink strain your eyes any more than a regular book?

    • +2

      Not in my experience, and I've been using a Paperwhite for years. In fact when reading in bed with the lights out it is much easier on the eyes than a paper book and reading light.

  • -3

    Battery savings over performance on kindles, They’re so laggy, even zooming in and out. don’t buy it. 🤮 even iPad mini 1st gen on iOS 9.3.5 is way better.

    • +9

      You're comparing apples and oranges.

      An iPad screen can strain your eyes for extended periods, especially just reading text.

    • +1

      It’s a book. You set the text size and then read it. What are you zooming in and out of?
      I have a couple of tablets and a few versions of Kindles, the Paperwhite is definitely the best reading device, by a long way.

    • I like Kindle's and comparing it to iPad is not the best idea.
      But… I got a new Kindle (plain) for Christmas last year, and it feels about 4x slower starting and navigating than my old one did (has a cracked screen so I don't use it).

      Idk wtf they did,

  • +3

    Kindle Oasis also on sale at $299.

    Still tossing up between this and the Kobo Libra H2O. Has anyone here compared both and chose one over the other?

    • haha im in the same boat too! i just got the kobo libra h20 for $225. thinking whether to return it and go for the oasis instead…

    • +4

      Wrote this in the other post. Put simply, Kobo is great if you value flexibility; Kindle is top notch although you're locked into Amazon. Either way, you can't go wrong:
      I have both, and I'd say they're somewhat different devices, almost like the old Android vs Apple debate. The Libra has nice features like reading stats and being able to read ebooks from the library, while the Oasis just feels more seamless and refined - it's fast, well built, and the reading experience is superb (admittedly, you're locked into the Amazon ecosystem, but I've been fine with that. All those free ebook deals you see on Ozbargain get delivered straight to your Kindle with one click).
      In fact I'm buying this new Oasis and selling my current one because it's one gen behind (there's almost no difference between the two apart from the new warm light feature, but what the heck).

      • If you're happy to use Calibre to convert and sideload ebooks you don't have to be locked into Amazon

        • Yep I also wrote this below - Calibre is simple to use, but if you just want to use your Kindle, not worry about conversion etc., you'd have to go through Amazon. And that's not a bad thing! If you buy books from lots of stores, e.g. Google Play, Kobo, smaller publishers etc. they're mostly epub so it can be very slightly annoying having to convert them all.

      • Can I ask your experience how about the oasis battery life? I saw a few comments on Amazon complaining about the short battery. Also will a new version be out soon? Ah…I really want to get one!

        • Battery life seems fine, only needs a charge every couple of weeks, although it depends on your reading habits and how bright you set your screen.
          If only I knew whether a new Oasis was coming out!!! I search every few weeks hoping for the news…

    • I'm going for the H2O as it allows me to read borrowed library e-books without any additional software. I'm in Melbourne.

    • Kobo = reads all kinds of ebook formats with ease, but generally pricier.

      Kindle = locked to content from Amazon, but generally cheaper.

      • I thought it's the other way around! The Kobo Libra H2O is $225 while the Oasis is usually $399 ($299 with this sale).

      • You aren’t locked to Amazon, at all. Less than 10% of my books would come from the Kindle store. And that’s being generous.

        • Well it's a bit like jailbreaking, you can always find ways around it but officially speaking you're locked into their azw/mobi ecosystem.
          Calibre is simple to use, but if you just want to use your Kindle, not worry about conversion etc., you'd have to go through Amazon. And that's not a bad thing!

          • @diamond: You don’t even need to use calibre if that’s too HACKERMAN.

            If your ebook supplier (like smashwords) gives you a mobi or PDF option, you can just drag and drop. Or use the email to kindle (which converts the PDF). You can also email an ePub this way but it wrecks the formatting.

            ePub is the only issue, and there are a million ways to convert to azw or mobi. Including calibre, as you suggest.

            I just don’t think the whole ‘walled garden’ analogy applies as much as it maybe did a decade ago. Maybe ‘garden with kind of a kerb around it but also there are a bunch of ramps’. I definitely wouldn’t be making my choice of ereader on that basis.

            • @jjcf: Fair enough. It's far from "hackerman" but most people I know with a Kindle don't know all that though and can't be bothered fiddling around with anything unofficial, so they just buy from Amazon and leave it at that - mostly since there's not much incentive to buy elsewhere anyway - and officially speaking you're locked in. A lot of ebooks floating on the web come in either epub or mobi, and it's just one less step to have an ereader that officially supports both. But as I said, if you don't mind the extra step each time, then sure, there are a million and one ways around it.

    • +2

      This is what I wrote (edited to remove some false info) in a previous comment
      I was wanting a Kindle Oasis but bit the bullet on a Kobo Libra H2O which I've been reading on non-stop. For the $120 I saved I feel like I'm pretty much getting the same experience. It also supports epub from the get-go unlike the Kindle where you need to use Calibre to convert the files. Overdrive is a nice addition too. The gesture shortcut to turn up and down the brightness of the screen is great too, very quick to use.

      Downsides include no audiobook support (which the Oasis does) which doesn't faze me as I like to read my books. The Libra is also 4.7g heavier and is fully plastic unlike the Oasis which has an aluminium back. This might be a con though as I've heard people complain that it's cold to the touch, especially if you like reading in bed. Also if you've got a ton of books from the Kindle store the Kobo might not be right for you but you can still download them and convert them to epub for use on the Kobo.

      • Thanks so much for this. From what I've read, the Audible support on the Oasis doesn't work in Australia anyway.

        Thanks everyone. The features that I'm after are available on both devices but the Kobo has a better price point so leaning towards that.

        • Also FWIW I've been looking for a second ereader for my partner. I absolutely knew of this sale coming up but last week, I bought another Libra anyway cause I still think the reading experience would still be the same as compared to an Oasis and I saved $75 (bought the Libra for $225 at Angus & Robertson).
          At the end of the day, both ereaders have the same basic waterproofing, lighting ability, same screen and resolution. The form factors are minutely different and of course the book ecosystem is something that will be a personal choice. Is that worth the price difference?

  • +1

    The Kindle Oasis is down to $299 from $399 as well.


    Though most reviewers seem to think that the price premium isn't worth it over the Paperwhite.

    • Can anyone share there view on Paperwhite vs. Oasis. I've never owned a Kindle device before. Would Oasis be more comfortable to read because it has a bigger screen?
      Also, is Oasis much heavier than Paperwhite?

      • Most people would go with a Paperwhite especially for their first Kindle since the price difference is pretty steep. You're getting pretty much the same features just in a larger screen that has more even lighting. It's a bit like phones, some people just prefer a larger screen. I personally can't stand small screens on phones and ereaders and wish the Oasis had an even larger screen, but everyone's different. Oh another key difference is the physical page buttons on the Oasis - once you use them you can't go back ;) but up to you whether you want to spend an extra $150 for these differences (the 8GB Paperwhite is $149).
        As for the weight, I haven't really noticed a difference.

        • Thanks. I am a large phone person. So, will likely to go with an Oasis.
          Also, in your experience, is a cover really needed for that device? If it is needed, what cover would you recommend?

          • +1

            @Ulya: I'd definitely get a case. Not just because ereader screens are notoriously easy to break but also because most good covers have the auto-wake function which is super convenient. The official covers are very nice (albeit pricey), but even most cheap ones on eBay would have auto-wake.

            • @diamond: Thanks, will buy a cover as well then.

      • I had the Paperwhite before I upgraded to the Oasis and I highly recommend the Oasis. It's a better reading experience, waterproof, and it's weighted much more nicely in the hand so it's way more comfortable to hold for long reading periods. Plus the page buttons are amazing to use.

        • The new Paperwhite is also waterproof now.

        • Thanks, considering to buy Oasis now.

      • Also keep in mind that the latest Oasis is essentially a disposable device - the battery cannot be changed. The Paperwhite battery can be changed although it's a little fiddly to do. Kits are available online including a replacement battery and tools.

        • +2

          I'm still rocking my first gen Paperwhite from about 7 years ago, battery still lasts over a week and I read it every night. Im not really sure people should be worried about battery life.

  • +4

    I just bought the regular kindle ($89). Considered the paperwhite but I struggle to spend about 60% more just for better screen resolution. I already had a non-touch Kindle but I think this will be a useful step-up.

    • I have no idea what was going on in Amazon product team

      There was Kindle (no backlight), Paperwhite (backlight), Oasis (waterproof, premium etc).

      Now features have moved down a tier, and Kindle has backlight, Paperwhite is waterproof, and Oasis is just.. Oasis

    • You won't even notice the resolution difference unless you have a Paperwhite next to it for comparison.

    • Thanks for your comment, after considering the Paperwhite vs a Kobo Nia, I think I'm just going for the regular Kindle. Haven't tried e-readers before so not worth spending more for features I don't need especially when not even sure whether I'll use it often.

  • +2

    I’m waiting for colour kindles. They can’t be far off with all the others out now.:/

  • +1

    Op the first link it’s not paper white just the basic kindle. Man I was trying to figure out wth the second one is more exxy

  • omg been waiting ages for the oasis to go on sale. ordered! thanks op

  • +1

    I will wait for a cashback or a BNPL offer to stack with this hopefully tomorrow.

  • +7

    Kindle Paperwhite owner here. "The grass is always greener on the other side" truly applies to the Kindle.

    Here are my main issues:

    1. Nothing beats real paper. This doesn't replace it. Its better than looking at a smartphone screen, but only by a moderate amount. You still get eye strain. Also you almost always have to turn the backlight on, as you would have to be in a pretty bright place to actually read without the backlight. The screen is darker than real paper…

    In terms of eye strain:

    Phone: 6.5/10
    Kindle: 4.5/10
    Paper: 2/10

    1. Hard to flip back and fourth between pages. NO ONE TALKS ABOUT THIS. Sometimes I want to refer to previous material to refresh my memory or something, but it's very hard on kindle as you have no guage of where you are in the book (unlike physical books which you can see/feel) and changing pages is very very slow. Also, if you have a page reference in the ebook, and you click it, it is very easy to get lost on where you end up, for the same reasons said above (mainly you dont know your location in the book).

    2. Kindle encourages you into thier ecosystem, and .mobi conversion is not the best. You get wierd page structures with .epub to .mobi and its very annoying, trust me. If you need a good .mobi converter, use Calibre. It looks old, but is very good.

    3. Kindle Paperwhite resolution is bare minimum if you ask me. The normal kindle, you can literally see the pixels for the words… Your choice.

    Here is what I like:

    1. Basically "Unlimited Books" if you know where to find it, never buy another book again. Just gotta convert using Calibre (bulk converter is very handy)

    2. Good battery life. Charge this once every 3-4 weeks. It is very handy to have a battery you don't have to worry about

    3. Less eye strain than screen.

    4. Light and somewhat portable

    Overall, I paid $179 for my paperwhite. I think the kindle is alright, but it's not the "life changer" people make it out to be.

    Because the main benefit of "Unlimited Books" is never going to apply to 99.99% of people. No one has enough time in the world to read the Millions of books out in the ocean. No point having access to 1000+ books if you don't have the time to read them all.

    I think its better that you pick "quality over quantity" and go for "reading experience" over book count. Here's why.

    Buy the physical book with money and:

    1. You'll actually commit to read it.
    2. You only focus on 1-2 books at a time. No confusion of content.
    3. You can only absorb so much information at a time. Take your time, and you'll actually learn.
    4. Photos and images in full colour and clarity (you're not getting this on kindle)
    5. Almost no eye strain (please read in good lighting though)
    6. Navigate back and fourth content easily
    7. 100+ Year Battery life
    8. Feels better to hold
    9. Its a book. It just feels, exclusive to the topic you are reading about. One book for One book.

    That's my review. It was honest and took a little time to type it up. Might be unpopular, but I was once in the "kindle trance" too.

    Hope you enjoy OZB.

    • +9

      Anyone reading this I disagree with all his main points particularly about eye strain. Have had three kindles over ten years. The parts about buying physical books compels you to read it is hogwash imo.

    • +1

      It does not matter if it is a real book or ebook, it is just a format. If you don't like reading then just don't read.

    • That's not a review, that's called a personal preference, there is almost zero attempt at objective observation.

      • +1

        Notable time put into that post (and I can tell they actually read stuff) so I'd much rather have the information there than not. Also, keyboard warrior, where is thy review if so critical?

        • -1

          Putting time in to something doesn't make it valuable, what a low bar.

          My opinion is pretty simple, I've used a Kindle since gen1 and I've not picked up a physical book since, not one. I don't agree with anything the OP said, except that the battery is practically infinite and don't buy the base model.

    • +1

      Good summary mate - happy to hear your points.

      My hard thing with physical books is that in todays world - we all have to be making sacrifices (i'm looking at you paper straw haters), otherwise we can't sit back and point the finger at the generations before us that "did nothing" or "ignored climate change". Paper requires so much more process, regardless of whether the paper comes from some recycled material. Think of the manufacturing, the materials, the trucks to deliver those materials, the trucks to the warehouse, the warehouse energy, and then the trucks to deliver it to your doorstep. That's a MASSIVE carbon footprint, that is avoided with a kindle.

    • +1

      do you work at angus & robertson?

  • My paperwhite is my most valued piece of technology

  • +3

    Stacking the hell out of discounts for this one. My six year old Kindle died, so I asked support if it's fixable, which it isn't, but they offered 15% off a new one. Then went through shopback for another 10% and paid with my 3% cashback card, free shipping on a Prime trial. The cheapskate life.

  • My almost 11 year old 3rd gen Kindle Keyboard is still going strong. Probably the most reliable piece of technology I own.
    Much easier to read a book on that than any tablet I've owned, but each to their own. I did buy the case with the pull out light, but it's only been passable in dark conditions.

  • +1

    Does anyone know if I can download BorrowBox onto a paperwhite to read rebooks from my local library? Thank you

  • I purely read in bed at night, and hateeeeee trying to read physical books in the dark with backlight from my ceiling light :/ Would the basic kindle be worth it as a pure night reading device?

    • +1

      Are you lying on your back, holding the book up against the ceiling light? That seems a rather uncomfortable position to read in. :)

      To semi answer your question - you can absolutely turn off the room lights and read in the dark. However, if you like to read in the position described above I'm not sure the Kindle is great for that. They are touchscreen and the bezels aren't huge so you have to be somewhat careful about how you hold them if you're not resting them on something.

      I tend to read lying side-on so I can at least rest one edge on the bed, or on my elbows.

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