Amazon Kindle 2011 Reviewed

The good: The entry-level Amazon Kindle 2011 is a compact, lightweight, and ultra-affordable e-book reader with a crisp Pearl e-ink screen and Wi-Fi. It offers access to a massive catalog of books, magazines, and newspapers via’s familiar online store, plus online loaners from your local library.
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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 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.