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The best Amazon Kindle deals in May 2022

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There seems to be a new wave of Kindle deals every couple of weeks, as Amazon is keen to keep its dominance of the ereader market. That means a cheap Kindle is never hard to find and there's always a good opportunity to pick up one of these great value devices for less.

We've rounded up all the cheapest Kindle deals available today right here, as various retailers compete to offer you the best bargain. We've covered every readily available model including the basic entry-level Kindle, the feature-rich Paperwhite and the premium Kindle Oasis ereader.

If you're not sure where to start, we also explain the differences between these various Kindle devices so you can make the most informed decision about which is the best Kindle for you. You can also take a look at our guide to the best ereader to see how the Kindle compares to other devices from the likes of Kobo, too.

If you're interested in more than just reading ebooks, you might want to consider a cheap tablet to give you some more flexibility. In there we discuss the Fire tablet range, which is also covered in our full roundup of the best Amazon Fire Tablet deals. They're a much cheaper alternative to Apple's tablets, but you can always find the best price in our guide to the latest iPad deals.

Kindle deals

Amazon Kindle

Kindle

Entry-level Kindle now has a backlit screen

Screen size: 6-inch | Storage: 4GB | Resolution: 167ppi | Weight: 174g | Backlight: Yes | Touchscreen: Yes | Battery life: Up to four weeks

Includes a backlit screen
Worth paying extra over previous version
Resolution still a little low

Amazon's latest take on the entry-level Kindle was given a boost for 2019 by including a built-in light, meaning you don't have to get the Kindle Paperwhite if you want to read your Kindle at night without any extra lighting in the room. It's a neat upgrade, but it has pushed the starting price up a little compared to the 2016 starting Kindle. The Amazon Kindle with a built-in light starts at $89.99 / £69.99 / AU$139.

The screen itself though is still only 167 ppi, opposed to the Paperwhite's higher resolution of 300 ppi. The Paperwhite (which is now waterproof and designed with a flush screen against the bezel) does get some chunky discounts at multiple points of the year, so if you time it right, you may not have to pay much more to get that instead of this basic (if improved) Kindle. For the full rundown, check out our latest Kindle review.

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite

Excellent value for a backlit screen and waterproofing

Screen size: 6-inch | Storage: 8GB/32GB | Resolution: 300ppi | Weight: 182g | Backlight: yes | Touchscreen: yes | Battery life: up to six weeks

The updated Kindle Paperwhite launched back in September 2021 for $139.99/£129.99 with numerous upgrades over the previous model including a 6.8-inch glare-free screen and adjustable warm light to improve reading conditions during day or night. There's enough space for thousands of books, as well as a considerable battery life of up to 10 weeks.

In the months since launch, we've seen the price fall by £30 numerous times in the UK, which shows Amazon is willing to discount its latest tech even a short while after release. For the more enthusiastic readers, we'd definitely suggest this model over the standard Kindle as the improved screen and adjustable light are both excellent features that you'll appreciate for extended or frequent reading sessions.

kindle oasis

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Kindle Oasis

The best is now even easier on the eyes

Screen size: 7-inch | Storage: 8GB/32GB | Resolution: 300ppi | Weight: 188g | Backlight: Yes | Touchscreen: Yes (and page turn buttons) | Battery life: up to six weeks

New screen shade look great
Better for night-reading
Not much else has changed
Still seriously expensive

Amazon has just updated the previous-gen Kindle Oasis to an all-new version. The Kindle Oasis (2019) prices start at $249.99/£229.99/AU$399. It isn't all that different from the 2017 model in all honesty but that one is being phased out of stores now.

The main new feature is an amber-shade option for the screen background. This 'warm' light has a much more natural feel, like an old paperback. It looks rather lovely and is less of a strain on your eyes, especially if you're reading at night and wanting to wind down. 

Otherwise, this is the same beautifully-designed waterproof luxury e-reader as last time out. Those page turns buttons are a neat feature though as they keep the screen clean and work much more accurately than the sometimes errant screen taps/swipes. There's no getting around the initial asking price is seriously high though, meaning the Paperwhite is still much easier to recommend.

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Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

A Kindle with child-friendly features and bonuses

Screen size: 6-inch | Storage: 8GB | Resolution: 167ppi | Weight: 288g | Backlight: Yes | Touchscreen: Yes | Battery life: Up to four weeks

Child-safety features
Includes a cover
1 year free access to 1000 ebooks
Costs more than standard Kindle

The Kindle Kids Edition takes the 2019 entry-level Kindle (mentioned earlier) and adds a bunch of assuring child-friendly features. It comes with a cover as standard along with a nice 2-year warranty that covers any form of breakage (excellent for clumsy kids). The Kindle Kids Edition isn't waterproof like the Paperwhite, but the extended warranty has you covered there. The built-in dictionary (just hold your finger on a word) is a fantastic learning resource and there's a vocabulary builder option too.

A partner app allows parents to track how much time their children have been reading along with what they're reading. There are no games or web browsers included on this Kindle, so you never have to worry about them straying from their book. You also get a year of free access to over 1000 child-friendly titles and other ebooks can be added from the Kindle store. With double the storage of the cheapest Kindle at 8GB, you'll have plenty of space for them too.

Some parents may want to consider the cheaper standard Kindle instead if their child is arguably getting a little old for the safety features (they might keep the same ereader for years remember) or if the restrictions seem a bit much for ebook content. On the plus side, you can unlock the extra features, making it a standard Kindle if you decide to do so via a PIN code. The Kindle Kids Edition is priced at $109 in the US and £99 in the UK.

Kindle deals: FAQS

What makes a good Kindle price?

These ereaders don't have LCD screens or powerful internal components. So you'll find Kindle sale prices are far cheaper than tablets and phones. The screens are fantastic for glare-free reading and an immediate improvement over using the Kindle app on your phone or tablet too.

If you can find the Kindle Paperwhite for under US$129/£120/AU$199 you're getting a good price. The new entry-level Kindle 2019 model will surely see some discounts soon on its $89.99/£69/AU$139 price. The top of the line Kindle Oasis model prices start at $269/£229/AU$389 and rarely drop lower.

What do 'Special Offers' mean on the Kindle listings?

When looking at a Kindle ereader listing, whether it's on Amazon's website, or a different retailer, you'll often see 'includes special offers' in the title or item description. Choose 'without special offers' and the price will jump up £10/US$20.

Essentially, these Special Offers act as Amazon-based screensaver-style advertisements on your Kindle device. So when you pop your Kindle on from sleep mode you'll see an ad for a book on Amazon's Kindle store, or maybe a third party ad.

Annoying right? Actually, I opted for the Special Offers (I do love a cheap deal), and it's not bothered me one bit. You can swipe the ad away easily (no trying to find the tiny X icon here) and get on with your reading straight away. When in sleep mode, the ads cycle on the screen, but they're not illuminated and they don't seem to consume any power. They don't slow anything down when powering on the device after shutdown either. The ads are replaced with generic artwork if you have them removed.

Seeing as these ads don't interfere with the experience at all, I'm glad I didn't spend the extra money to block them. Hey, some of the sales have been worth clicking through to. If you really don't like them though, you can always pay the difference at a later date to get them removed. So we'd opt for the cheaper 'includes special offers' option first.

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.