Kindle Paperwhite Kids

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For Amazon Kids+ customers who already have a subscription to Amazon Kids+, your active subscription will be automatically replaced as soon as you activate a new Kindle Paperwhite Kids, and you’ll receive one year of Amazon Kids+ from that time. Click to learn more about this subscription.


A device to establish healthy reading habits

When a child sits down with their Kindle, they read on average more than an hour a day. Kindle Paperwhite Kids is designed just for reading, which means no distractions from apps, videos, or games.

The bundle includes 1 year of Amazon Kids+ (auto-renews after 1 year), a kid-friendly cover, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee—up to a $249 value.

Kids read Kindle Paperwhite Kids while sitting by a lake. Amazon Kids+ content titles in black and white.

A library full of kid-friendly content

Every Kindle Paperwhite Kids comes with 1 year of Amazon Kids+, an auto-renewing subscription with access to thousands of books. From timeless classics like Bridge to Terabithia, to popular series like Harry Potter and Ramona Quimby, Kindle Paperwhite Kids has the books that will inspire a love of reading. Learn how to add additional books to your child’s profile.

Daytime. Bedtime. Anytime.

From the timeless classics you remember from your own childhood to the future classics they’ll remember from theirs, Kindle Paperwhite Kids includes access to thousands of books with Amazon Kids+.

And if the mood to read strikes after lights out, Kindle Paperwhite Kids has an adjustable warm light to shift the shade of the screen from white light to a warm amber. You can also set a Bedtime for each child profile on the Parent Dashboard, to help avoid bedtime disagreements.

Kindle Paperwhite Kids sits by the side of a pool.

Waterproof and worry-free

Kindle Paperwhite Kids is waterproof (IPX8-rated) and has been lab-tested to protect against accidental immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes and 0.25 meters for 3 minutes in seawater. Learn more about waterproof features.

And, with the 2-year worry-free guarantee, if it breaks, return it and we’ll replace it for free. Find out more.

We’ve also included a cover made to last, with magnets that close the cover securely and a durable exterior that protects it from scratches. Just like a book, it opens and closes to wake the Kindle Paperwhite Kids or put it to sleep, and is available in a range of kid-friendly designs.

Kid sits reading by a tree.

Kid tested, parent approved

Set educational goals and manage content with easy-to-use parental controls. With Parent Dashboard, you can adjust age filters, add books to your child’s library, view reading progress, and more. And because Kindle Paperwhite Kids is designed only for reading, in Amazon Kids, kids don’t have access to the Internet or social media. Kindle Paperwhite Kids even offers OpenDyslexic, a font preferred by some readers with dyslexia.

Take the story with you

With Audible, Kindle Paperwhite Kids lets your child switch seamlessly between reading and listening via Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones. With the one year of Amazon Kids+ included, kids have access to hundreds of Audible books, including Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan.

Note: Kindle devices don’t support Immersion Reading, which lets you listen and read along as the text highlights. Learn more about Immersion Reading.

Frequently Asked Questions

1: What is the Parent Dashboard?

Parent Dashboard allows parents to get the most out of Kindle Paperwhite Kids. You can adjust age filters, add books to your child’s library, view your child’s reading progress, and more.

2: What books are available in Amazon Kids+?

Amazon Kids+ includes the complete Harry Potter series, and the first book from other popular series such as Artemis Fowl. We are always adding more content to the Amazon Kids+ library, including these top titles and recently added books. Kids can explore the catalog by searching for specific titles and authors, or browse by themes such as Popular Books, New Books, and more.

3: How can I access even more Books?

Amazon Kids+ provides access to books over a range of reading levels, and automatically filters out what your child sees based on their age. To see a wider selection of titles, go to Parent Dashboard to adjust the age filter in your child’s profile setting. Parents can also purchase additional titles from the Kindle Store, and add them to their child’s profile via Parent Dashboard.

4. How is Kindle Kids Paperwhite different from a tablet?

Kindle Paperwhite Kids is purpose built for reading, with a black & white glare-free display and up to 10 weeks of battery life. It performs differently than a tablet, because it’s geared for reading books – no games, no ads, no videos, no distractions.

5: Will my kid see Ads while using this device?

Kindle Kids is automatically set up for your kid to enjoy an ad-free experience. However if you exit Amazon Kids using a passcode, sponsored screensavers will be displayed on the device’s lockscreen. Learn More About Ads On Kindle and Fire Tablet.

Every day is an earth day

You don’t have to be an environmental scientist to make sustainable choices. We considered sustainability in the design of this Kindle device. Here’s how:



60% post-consumer recycled plastics in Kindle
70% recycled magnesium in Kindle
28% post-consumer recycled plastics in cover


Device Packaging

95% of this device’s packaging is made of wood fiber-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources.

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Technical Details

Kindle Paperwhite Kids

Kindle Paperwhite Kids


Amazon’s 6.8” Paperwhite display technology with built-in light, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale.


5.1” x 6.9” x .5” (129.2 x 175.5 x 13.5 mm)


11.32 oz (321 g) including cover. Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process.

System Requirements

None; fully wireless and doesn’t require a computer to download content.

On-Device Storage

8 GB or 16 GB; holds over a thousand Amazon Kids+ books.

Cloud Storage

Free cloud storage for all Amazon content.

Battery Life

A single charge lasts up to ten (10) weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13. Battery life may vary depending on use. Audible audiobook streaming over Bluetooth will reduce battery life.

Charge Time

Fully charges in approximately 5 hours from a computer via USB cable; Fully charges in less than 2.5 hours with a 9W USB power adapter.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

Supports 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz networks with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) wifi networks.

Accessibility Features

Kindle includes the ability to adjust font size, font face, line spacing and margins. Find out more info on Accessibility for Kindle. Certain accessibility features, including VoiceView, are not currently supported on Kindle Kids.

Content Formats Supported

Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, PMP through conversion; Audible audio format (AAX).


Includes 1 year of Amazon Kids+ for new subscribers. Find out more about Amazon Kids+.


Learn more about Kindle devices with our Quick Start Guide and Kindle User Guide.

Warranty and Service

2-year worry-free guarantee. Use of Kindle is subject to Amazon’s Conditions of Use of Use and the terms found here.

Included in the Box

Kindle Paperwhite, Cover, USB-C charging cable and Quick Start Guide.

Age range

Ages 7 and up.


Waterproof (IPX8), tested to withstand immersion in 2 meters of fresh water for 60 minutes. Learn more about the waterproof Kindle Paperwhite.

Available Colors

Black Kindle with Black/Emerald Forest/Robot Dreams cover/Warrior Cats.


Kindle Paperwhite (11th Generation) – 2021 release.

Software Security Updates

This device receives guaranteed software security updates until at least four years after the device is last available for purchase as a new unit on our websites. Learn more about these software security updates. If you already own a Kindle, visit Manage Your Content and Devices for information specific to your device.

Features & Specifications

  • Reading done right – Kindle Paperwhite Kids is purpose-built for reading (not a toy), with a larger black & white 6.8” 300 ppi glare-free display, and up to 10 weeks of battery life.
  • Amazon Kids+ – Enjoy a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which includes thousands of books and hundreds of Audible books. After 1 year, your subscription will automatically renew every month starting at just $4.99/month plus applicable tax. You may cancel anytime by visiting the Amazon Parent Dashboard or contacting Customer Service.
  • A device to help establish healthy reading habits – When a child sits down with their Kindle, they read on average more than an hour a day.
  • Amazon Kids+ - Includes the complete Harry Potter series, and the first book from other popular series such as Artemis Fowl. Parents can purchase additional titles from the Kindle Store.
  • Anytime reading – Adjustable warm light lets kids read indoors and outdoors, day and night.
  • Waterproof and worry-free – Kids can take their Kindle Paperwhite Kids on the go to read by the pool or the beach. Kindle Paperwhite Kids has been tested to withstand accidental immersion in water. And with a 2-year worry-free guarantee, if it breaks, return it and we'll replace it for free.
  • Great value – Includes a Kindle Paperwhite (11th generation), 1 year of Amazon Kids+, a kid-friendly cover, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee—up to a $249 value.

Pros & Cons


Many adults should just by this one for their own use. I am a diehard ebook fan. And I have stuck mainly to Kindles because that is where my ebooks are located, and there is a lock into a platform once you have thousands of books on that platform. I purchased the very first Kindle in 2007. And then I upgraded in 2009. And I upgraded again and again, owning, or at least using, almost every kindle model that has been released. But over the past few years, I have stuck with older kindles because there have not been compelling reasons to upgrade. Size and Weight The new Kindle Paperwhite has a 6.8-inch screen, and that 0.8 inches may not seem like a lot, but based on the additional width and height, at the font size I mostly use, there are about five extra lines per screen. The Paperwhite is heavier than I think it should be, 205 to 208 grams depending on the model. That is up from 182 to 191 grams for the 2018 Paperwhite and 194 grams for the 2019 Oasis. Those are all significantly heavier than the 131 grams of the 2015 Kindle Oasis without the battery case. But the Kindle Paperwhite has comfortably rounded edges, which means that weight, even while noticeable, does not hurt to hold. That being said, I do find myself reading in a recliner, resting the kindle on my stomach or the arm’s chair. The slightly larger screen is offset by smaller bezels which means that the device is barely larger than the older Paperwhite and smaller than the Kindle Oasis. But those smaller bezels make the kindle harder to hold without covering the edges of the text, which I think is the real reason I tend to rest the kindle on something as I am reading it, not the weight itself. The offset weight of the Oasis design made the Oasis more balanced for one-handed use, but the curved edges of the new Paperwhite are more comfortable. Combining both features, a nice comfortable curved edge, and the offset weight would be the best of both worlds. The slightly larger screen with the smaller bezels means that the dimensions are very close in size. The new Paperwhite is 0.3 inches taller and wider than the 2018 Paperwhite. The Oasis is more square than rectangular, so it is 0.6 inches shorter than the 2021 Paperwhite but 0.7 inches wider. The 1st generation Oasis is 1.3 inches shorter and 0.1 inches narrower. The more rectangular design of the Paperwhite prioritizes the screen instead of page turn buttons and space to hold the device one-handed. Comparing Kindle Paperwhite 2021 to Kindle Oasis 1 (2015)Screen Until color eink screens are ready for mass production at a minimum of 300 ppi, the differences in screen sharpness will be minor. There is little visible difference between my 2015 Kindle Oasis and my 2021 Paperwhite. They are both 300 ppi. They both have adjustable lighting that shines from the screen down (away from your eyes) toward the print using invisible threads of light in the screen. Each model gets slightly more lighting and more even lighting. The ability to shift the warmth of the light from a colder blue to a warmer yellow is nice, but fundamentally, these are minor differences. If you have any Paperwhite or Oasis from 2015 or later, you have an excellent screen, and the current technology of the eink display cannot really give you a better one. The basic Kindle also includes a light but only has a 167 ppi display, which is visibly lower quality. But there is almost no difference in the quality between the most recent Kindle Oasis and the most recent Kindle Paperwhite. Battery and Charging The new Paperwhite claims ten weeks of battery use. That is based on 30 minutes of use per day, so approximately 30-35 hours of use. I have not tracked my use, but I have only charged the Paperwhite once in nearly a month, so I have plenty of battery capacity, even if I doubt that I got 30-35 hours of use. It makes no sense to me why Amazon would increase the battery capacity from 6 weeks to 10 weeks by increasing the weight of the paperwhite. In my estimation, 15 to 20 hours of use should be plenty, and it would be better to decrease the weight rather than increase the battery length. The new Paperwhite has finally moved to a USB C charger. This is a standard charger that most Android phones and many other devices use. That is a very welcome change. My old kindles were the only device I had that still used the older micro-USB standard. The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition also includes wireless charging, but Amazon suggests their own branded wireless charger at an extra $30. I have heard some people say they have been fine using other wireless chargers, but you will need to place the kindle very carefully to have it in the right place. But, again, I don’t see the value in wireless charging on a device that only needs to be charged every week or so, even with extensive use. This isn’t a battery or charging issue, but the power button is in the worst possible place. I think the Kindle Voyage had the best power button on the back right, toward the top. For right-handed people, it was perfect. You didn’t accidentally turn it on, but it was a natural reach when you picked up the device. The second best place is the top so that there is no accidental button press. But instead, the power button is on the bottom beside the charging port. And that has lots of potential for accidentally pushing it. And there is nothing natural about reaching to turn it on there. Yes, if you use the case, you don’t need the button. But I’m not too fond of the case and use it without the case most of the time (as I detail below.) Kids’ Edition and Case I purchased a Kids’ Edition Paperwhite because at the time it was on sale for $45 off, before my 20% discount. The Kids’ Edition has four additional features over a standard Paperwhite. First, the warranty is extended from 1 to 2 years. A case is included with the purchase (otherwise, Amazon cases start at $29 and go up to $49; third-party cases can also be purchased.) And the Kids’ Edition comes with a year’s membership in Amazon Kids+. Kids+ includes a library of kindle books and audiobooks that are free to borrow. I do not know how much I will use this, but the value is $36 a year and I have wanted to try it. The Kids’ Edition also is ad-free, which is a $20 value. I am not a fan of the case. It is also heavy, 115 grams, adding more than 50% to the already heavy device. The case protects the screen while traveling, and I will use it when traveling, but the edge is uncomfortable to hold, and at least so far, it doesn’t lay flat when folded. I have looked around at reviews for Amazon’s cases for the new paperwhite, and the one I have is the best-liked one. But, unfortunately, no one seems to like the current set of cases. Overall Cons Amazon has made several design choices that I would not have made. The power button is in the wrong place. The only color is black. And I think the device is too heavy, does not need as much battery as it has, and the bezels are probably too thin to use with one hand comfortably. But at the same time, everyone likes the look of smaller bezels, and no one directly complains about having extra battery capacity. Finally, I don’t see a purpose of wireless charging or more than 8 GB of storage unless you like to keep many audiobooks downloaded. I have approximately 200 kindle books downloaded right now, approximately two years of reading material for my average reading rate, and I have 3/4 of the 8 GB storage space free. The additional weight means it is less comfortable to use one-handed, and the additional size makes it harder to throw in a pocket. However, that will not matter for many that are used to throwing it in a purse or bag or are only using it around the house. The Paperwhite is also a fingerprint magnet, although part of that is that it is more grip-able than the Oasis. Overall Pros The price has increased, but the Paperwhite is the better value compared to the current generation of Oasis. And even with my preference for page turn buttons, the speed and similar quality of the screen mean that I would recommend the Paperwhite over the Oasis at this point. The Kindle Oasis 2019 is $100 more expensive and rarely goes on sale. On the other hand, the Paperwhite has only been out a bit over a month, and it already has been 25% off, and if history is a guide, there will be regular sales that are 20-25% off. The build quality is solid, and the device’s feel is good. Generally, people perceive metal devices as higher quality, but in the case of the Kindle Oasis, the metal edge was too sharp, and the back was slippery. So the soft rubberized plastic and smooth edges both have better grip and a more comfortable feel. The USB C may not matter to everyone, but all of my devices that are not iPhone or AirPods use USB C, so I prefer USB C as a charging standard. The increased screen size does help add more content to the screen. But the additional screen real estate means that I no longer can fit it in as many pockets as I could with my 2015 Oasis, which is much smaller. Should you upgrade? The screen on the Paperwhite is excellent, but not a reason to upgrade if you have any Paperwhite or Oasis that has been sold in the past five years. I can tell that there is a faster processor, and the common delay when using the keyboard is significantly less. But I rarely had a problem with the device’s speed except when using the on-screen keyboard. So again, if you have a device that was made in the last 5-7 years and there is no problem, I would probably wait. The operating system and user interface, updated for all devices, are easier to use, so again it is a pro, but not a reason to update. Finally, the battery has been good and continues to be excellent; if your battery lasts for a week under normal usage, I would not upgrade. On the whole, if you have a kindle, and it works, don’t upgrade.

Excellent Device for this Wannabe Reader who loves Library Loans. Reading has always been one of those things that I know I should do, want to do, but can never 'find the time' to do it. The Kindle devices are perfect for any wannabe readers like me. Being small and thin, you can fit it in a small bag or for me even in my pocket. This new version really appealed to me as it is water resistant. So, I can take it to the pool when I go with my kids and don't have to worry about it getting damaged and the e-ink screen is easy to read even in the sunlight. Now, as much as I still `want` to read, the Kindle Paperwhite helps me out when I just want to listen as it can now play Audible audiobook files. So can just pop on sunglasses, close my eyes and listen to a new favorite book. With all the Kindle can do I have 2 favorite features: - Adjusting the font size. As I get older (and being nearsighted) there is a fine balance of what I can see at arms length and 6 inches from my face. With the Kindle, I can adjust the size for my reading environment (as well as adjust the backlight which helps me see the words clearer). This is such an awesome feature. I don't have to be embarrassed about buying a 'large print' book as I enjoy the reading experience. - Downloading books from my library. I don't know if this is common everywhere, but our library offers book loans through an app called Libby. I have the app on my phone, link my library card and then I have access to thousands upon thousands of books. And...when I borrow those books I can have them sent to the Kindle to read. Being a wannabe reader, this is amazing. I can borrow books on a whim. If I don't like it no loss, just 'return' it back to the library and borrow a new one. While this is the Kids version of the device, it is the same as the regular one but without lock screen adds, comes with a cover and a longer warranty. While my kids will use it from time to time, it is really for me :-)

Easy reading. I bought this for myself when it was on sale for a significant discount. I had been looking at the regular kindle with just the 4 lights and fewer features, and this just happened to pop up for only a few bucks more. I love it! I even read with it in the bath because it's totally waterproof. I've been using a Kindle since 2012, and my ancient Kindle keyboard has done a mighty job, but it was feeling its age. The clarity of the new Paperwhite makes reading even easier, and I love the adjustable lighting. I have it set so that the brightness and warmth change at bedtime to a more soothing setting. I love being able to download my Audible books, and for those that have both the ebook and the Audible edition, I can switch back and forth without using another device for the audio. I did set up the child profile, though I haven't checked it out. It's easy to switch between the adult profile (regular Kindle reader mode) and the child mode, which can be set up by an adult according to the parameters they want for their kid. With the included cover, this is a great deal. I just got the plain black, but they have more colorful kid-themed covers. I had thought I might get a different cover for it, but I really like this one. It fits perfectly, plus, because it's thin, you can use a hand strap with it and not have to remove the cover. I got a Moko strap that just fits with the cover on, and makes it easier to hold for hours of reading. I want to get my sister one of these the next time they have a good sale on them. She's got an older Kindle (circa 2013) that she's not using as much as she used to, but I think she'd use this one more, since the experience is so much better. I definitely recommend the Kids Paperwhite for any kids or adult in your life!

Nice upgrade from my old Paperwhite, but freezes up. My husband got me the new Paperwhite for my birthday; I was using an older model from 2015 (which I still love, actually). This one is faster and even easier to see some aspects on the page that don't seem to increase as much when I pick a bigger font - like the percentage of the book read in the bottom corner. It seems a bit bigger and crisper than on my old Paperwhite. The touchscreen is responsive and quick to open books, turn pages, download. Except when it freezes up, at which point the touchscreen doesn't respond at all. I've had this a few days and it froze up at least twice already. The solution is to hold the power button down until it restarts. Someone in a discussion of this problem said to turn off battery-saving features to resolve the problem, which I did; time will tell if that fixed it. The other disappointment was the audiobook function. On my Fire Tablet, sometimes I read the ebook while listening to the audiobook. They sync up (if the audio is from Audible), and it will even highlight word for word in the ebook as the audiobook goes along. Other times, I listen to the audio on my phone while running errands, then switch back to the ebook when I get home, with it automatically picking up where I left off in the audiobook. I thought it would work as smoothly on this new Paperwhite as it does on my Fire, but it doesn't. We even paid extra for the 16gb device so I would have room for audiobooks, and it turns out now that I won't be using that feature much on this Paperwhite. It simply doesn't sync up automatically on its own with the audio that I listened to on my phone. Neither the audio nor the ebook seem to sync properly; I have to open the ebook with the Kindle app on my laptop, and then the copy on my paperwhite will sync up and pickup where I left off. It also doesn't let you read the ebook while you have the audio playing with this Paperwhite. The times it froze and I had to reboot also seemed to be after using audio, so that may have something to do with it. I wish we'd just gotten the 8gb, as I won't be using audiobooks on this device. If the freezing up stops happening and I don't bother with the audio, I'll get a lot of enjoyment from my new Paperwhite.

Best value even for adults. I watched tons of video reviews and settled on this kindle. I was aware that I’d have to deal with ads if I signed out of the kid software into the parent side. BUT….I still haven’t had to deal with ads once even though I don’t use it as a kid’s kindle. I got it on a deal for $115!!! I couldn’t pass it up. Just do it and get a few cute case with it.

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I went ahead and got a Kindle and I am obsessed with it. It’s easy to setup and use. It’s also very lightweight and easy to hold. I take it with me everywhere now and I have been able to increase how much I read. The battery life is great on it too. I was reluctant at first because I love hard copies of books and didn’t want to switch over to the “dark side” but I am 100% glad I did.


Ownership issues and Support Issues, Amazon kids+ subscription never worked: Worth reading. I've loved my Kindle and was delighted to finally get my daughter a child's Kindle paperwhite, since she's moving on to thick paperbooks now. This device came with a free subscription to Amazon kids+, which includes a nice library of children's books. As others mention, while it's not much faster in page turns than the older generations, it's still just a lovely product. With Kindles being able to connect to my local library so I can download books, it's been my favorite thing. The problem comes with ownership and support, which is what I'll focus on here. I ran into a lot of issues trying to figure out how to make my daughter's books belong to her on her new personal Kindle AND still get access to an Amazon kids+ subscription. Here's why. Amazon expects that adults will buy children their books, then make that book available to their child's account. The books the adult purchases don't belong to the child--these books are effectively on loan. This bothers me; eventually, we'll be dead, and I want her books to be hers regardless of whether I have an active account. I trust my daughter not to buy things unnecessarily, so I don't mind putting my credit card on her account (and I'll probably get her a debit/credit card for her to use shortly). Once I learned that I could do this, I changed the Kindle ownership to my daughter. Here's the fun problem: the subscription--that is attached to the BUYER'S account. This isn't clear when you're purchasing the Kindle. Since learning this, I've spent hours in both chat and phone conversations with Amazon. Here's what I've run into: - Chats regularly timed out as I'm waiting for a response - Calls went a little better once I found someone who could understand, but even then I got transferred sometimes, and I always had to start over from the start (information never got passed on) - The customer service reps rarely understood what I was trying to convey, and frequently got confused, even though I typically had a summary with serial numbers ready from the start - I usually had to be escalated twice before someone could understand and/or help - When they did understand, they argued for different solutions from person to person Some attempted fixes included: - Re-registering, restarting, etc. - Using my daughter's Amazon account, adding her as her own child account to access the subscription (so that her books would be bought on her account, but the "child" account could access the kid's subscription) - Physically returning the Kindle - I was told they would refund it and charge it under my daughter's account, and then it would work - I returned the old Kindle, received the new Kindle, but it didn't work. I checked and the Kindle had once again been charged to my account, not my daughter's. - I was then told to transfer the subscription - Then I was told part of the issue was my daughter's account was on hold, so I'd have to re-create it - I recreated the account - Then I was told the subscription would have to be transferred - Then yet another person told me the subscription could not be transferred - At one point they told me it just did NOT have a subscription, and I pointed out the subscription was literally in the title of the purchase in the order history, "Kindle Paperwhite Kids (8 GB) - Made for reading - access thousands of books with Amazon Kids+, 2-year worry-free guarantee Return or replace items: Eligible through April 27, 2023" Ultimately, they told me they could charge me again and then she could access the library, but that was it. The subscription belonged to me, not her, and unless I wanted to remove her as the actual owner of the device (and any books she buys), that subscription isn't hers unless she pays for a new one on her account. (Which, to be clear, is not easy - it just errors out on the device, so it would take customer support to make that workable, too.) If the subscription matters to you AND you would like to ensure your child has ownership of their own books, my experience is that Amazon will *not* support you through this process. If there is a way to fix it, their support team does not seem to know about it (and by the end, I believe I spoke with 20 or more different people over 3 or 4 different days between phone and chat). Be aware of this in case ownership, or for that matter customer support, is important to you.

It's Improved. Three years ago, I bought my first Kindle and promptly returned it after several issues with dead-pixels and how crazy slow the device was. I thought, never again! But since I otherwise use my iPhone to read books and find myself struggling with insomnia more and more recently, courtesy of the effects of touchscreen blue light on the eyes/brain, I thought to give the device one last try. Fast forward to the recent Prime savings/Black Friday, when a combination of account credits and sale discounts meant I was able to get a Kindle Paperwhite with a free case and a free year of Amazon Kids+ for just over $60. Here are my first impressions: 1. I notice right away the speed has increased by ~ 40% since the returned Kindle 3 years ago, which is a relief. 2. The device powers on fairly quickly. 3. Registering the device through the Kindle app was quicker on the iPhone than directly through the Kindle itself. 4. The screen prompts to either: a) add a child to your Amazon account on registration or, b) choose "it's a gift," which will prompt to deregister the device from your Amazon account. 5. Adding a child to an existing Amazon account is easy. Note: Be sure to include slashes / when inputting a child's birthday date (e.g. 01/05/2010) as the software doesn't automatically do so and will not accept the birthday as valid otherwise (e.g. 01052010 will not work) - took me a few tries to figure out. 6. Once registered, you'll be asked to sign up for Amazon Kids+ (free for one year, then a monthly fee afterwards) and I didn't see an option to *not* choose that and still be able to move forward on the screen, so that was a little annoying. 7. The device was already charged to 47%, which was nice in that I could play with it for a bit before charging again. 8. I picked a couple of books (Harry Potter) to test the download speed on my Wi-Fi speed (300 mbps), and it was fairly fast. Obviously, downloads will be Wi-Fi speed dependent. 9. Books open at a decent speed once downloaded, and if you want to change the page formatting (font, line spacing, theme), it only works once a book is open. Tap the top of the screen on an open book page to access the menu. 10. The screen didn't seem too bright at all, even at maximum setting, but I was sitting in a well-lit room and was able to find out, via Google search, that the screen is brighter in the dark versus in a lit up room/outdoors. Once I turned off the lights and the room was mostly dark, the screen seemed brighter, though nothing compared to a cell phone screen brightness. I guess that's how it emulates the look of an actual book page? 11. I made a few setting changes to the line spacing/font to make it smaller/more compact so as to get more words per screen, which looks better to me. 12. There's an option for a warm screen in the menu, to make it is easier on the eyes (personally, I never like warm screens). 13. There's an option to get out of the Amazon Kids system and return to the regular Kindle store screen via the 3 dots menu on the top right-hand corner of the screen, but once you exit it and enter the normal/adult Kind store homepage, onscreen ads on device "wake" will return, as only the Amazon Kids screen is ads free unless you cough up an additional $20 to get rid of all ads. I'm not bothered by ads on the wake screen, so I'll keep my money, thanks. 14. The device doesn't come with a power adapter, which is ridiculous (just like a new iPhone without the same is ridiculous), but I was able to find a matching USB power adapter belonging to a Samsung device to match the Kindle power cord, which is included. 15. A plus on this kids edition is that it comes with a free case, a savings of $15-20, and I chose the simple, black option. The case seems fairly sturdy and comes already installed on the device out of the box. And while it seems fairly good quality, I'm not a huge fan of its texture, which is a bit grainy under the fingertips while, at the same time, somewhat slippery. Nonetheless, it's nice to get the case with the package anyway, to at least be almost-fully kitted out (sans power adapter, let's not forget) and be able to use the device out of the box. 16. It took about an hour to charge the device from 46% to 100%, but I haven't gauged battery life since I've not tested it that far yet. 17. Finally, this particular edition (kids) comes with a 2-year worry-free warranty (free replacement, in case of "acceptable" damage or manufacturing defect), a savings on the non-kids edition, which only comes with a 1-year, *limited* warranty. Things I don't like - but was aware of - before purchasing the device: 1. E-ink is still only in black/white on Kindles, which is off-putting, especially with children's books that are all about the color. (Comic books, anyone?) 2. As stated above, no power adapter is included in the box. 3. The screen flickers when it's activated by touch - very 1985, old-school Apple computer refresh screen look, ugh. 4. Limited choice of ebook formats (i.e., no epub) on the device, which currently only natively permits: kfx, mobi, azw3, azw formats. 5. No option to purchase books on other ebook platforms besides the Kindle store. My overall first impression is that the device has improved some since my first foray 3 years ago into the Kindle world. In other words, I feel comfortable keeping this device for its purposes (reading), having paid just a bit over $60 with all my account credits/discounts, but I also think that's the most this device is truly worth, for all its shortcomings and it being a far cry from any tablet/mobile device currently on the market. Then again, the Kindle isn't advertised as anything but a reading device and in today's hectic, chaotic world, maybe it's OK to check out mentally from internet distractions and just focus on uninterrupted reading instead.

Don't believe it when they say get 20% off. After many days of trying to re-connect an older kindle to my account with no luck I tried the technical help team for kindles at Amazon. They also could not get it to register after several hours of us trying so many different things. The technician told me since she couldn't get it after all that effort I would get 20% off if I bought a new one - as there was just no way to get this one to connect and they were out of ideas. So I took them up on the offer and then a week later when I did not have the $24 back on my card I called, spent over an hour with 3 different people and on hold most of the time when I finally got an answer. The woman said, sorry by no we can't give you that money as they should not have authorized it. I spent another 30 min on phone trying to understand what sort of customer service this was that would have an employee tell me that I would get $24 back on my CC, send me that information in WRITING, then have the gumption to say, "yes the deal was made, I see that the email was sent with the deal in writing, but that isn't how we work and you are not going to get that refund". What a scam to get you to spend over a $115 and then tell you you have opened the product, and can't return it and you can't get the discount promised!! This is so NOT RIGHT.

Disappointed. It’s better but also worse than 2015 model. Have a 2015 model… comparing it side by side… So the good news is that the back lights are much better, the warm feature is very nice and easier on the eyes and more emulates a book being lit as you read. And of course the screen size is larger so that is great. Same size text gives more to read per page Unfortunately the list doesn’t get much longer than that for the “better than” the 2015 model 1:) the responsiveness and speed of.. well.. everything.. I expected night and day differences, as my 2015 is clunky and slow to do most anything in the menus.. turning pages is never a big issue with it.. And must say.. the 2021 model isn’t any better.. sometimes it just completely stalls out for many taps of the buttons and does nothing. The 2015 never become unresponsive.. just slow to respond.. When the 2021 DOES respond it seems maybe a tad faster.. but nothing to write home to mom about. Disappointing to say the least Now to the BIG loss compared to the 2015.. apparently Amazon wanted to make this more like a tablet than an e-reader for some reason.. The 2015 has a very matte texture that emulated, very closely, the feel of paper pages in a book. And, in doing so, meant the reflections of points of light were very muted, disbursed.. soft and disappeared as you read.. The 2021.. what a disappointment. It’s much smoother like a tablet screen and therefore light sources are much easier to see, as they take the shape of the light source, and are distracting because it acts more like a piece of glass. Also From the same smoother screen, you get more finger smudges than the 2015… that is, you can SEE the smudges more clearly on the 2021 screen which means you can see them as you read. Very few upgrades and a substantial downgrade with the 2021 vs the 2015 If you read in very well lit places and are on the fence.. don’t bother.. keep your 2015.. If you read mostly in the dark.. it’s not AS MUCH of an issue but still an annoyance. It was quite literally the first thing I noticed when I picked up the device out of the box. No longer felt like a paper screen and more reflections from my room on it The photo I provided doesn’t show nearly as well as it does in real life… On the right is the 2021 model and even in the poor photo you can see that the pinpoint from the light source is much easier to see versus the 2015 model on the left… In the 2015 model it just has a nice smooth blur that is barely a distraction… You will just have to trust me that it is worse in real life because I tried to take 20 different pictures and because of the way camera sensors expose things it makes it very difficult to document accurately

You can't load your custom content to child's account. :(. Device is perfect, library is amazing. But here is the thing - I want to email short stories to my kid's Kindle. Stories which are not in Amazon/Kindle stores. Stories like ones in native language, or the ones I found on the internet and think they might be interesting and helpful for my kid, or just reading homeworks school shares on it's website... Technically speaking I can email content to my kid's Kindle, but I can't make that content accessible in my kid's reading account.

Great reader, no wall charger is ridiculous. This is a great reader. My only complaint is they charge you $20 for a wall charger. That’s a joke. It should be included and it definitely shouldn’t cost $20.

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