The Kindle can hold hundreds of books and the battery lasts for weeks.
The bad: The lack of a touch screen means that input is limited to a cumbersome directional pad and virtual keyboard. There is no support for audio. All accessories–including a cover and an AC charger–cost extra. You need to spend an extra $30 if you don’t want the ad-supported Special Offers version.
The bottom line: If you don’t want to spend the extra $20 to upgrade to the forthcoming touch-screen version, the entry-level 2011 Kindle is a great choice for an ultraportable and superaffordable no-frills e-ink reader.
A lot of people have been waiting a long time for Amazon.com to drop the price of its Kindle to less than $100. Well, that day is here, but Amazon has thrown a little wrench into the equation: it’s offering two sub-$100 models, the $79 entry-level Kindle reviewed here and the $99 Wi-Fi Kindle Touch, which is due to ship in mid-November.
To be clear, to get that sub-$100 pricing for the devices, you’ll have to purchase the ad-supported Special Offers versions. The ad-free versions cost $30 and $40 more, respectively.