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Best early Prime Day deals on Kindles — Amazon’s standard e-reader is already $30 off

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We expect lots of deals on Kindles once Amazon Prime Day starts.

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Amazon Prime Day kicks off in July, and we’re expecting great deals on tons of products, including big discounts on Amazon’s Kindle e-readers. 

Kindle Oasis, Kindle Paperwhite, and the standard Kindle all made our list of the best e-readers, so we highly recommend snagging one of these models when they’re on sale. During Prime Day last year, individual Kindle devices were discounted up to 40%; we also saw deals on bundles with Kindles and accessories. 

Though official Prime Day 2022 deals haven’t been announced yet, we’ll likely see similar discounts this year. Here’s a full rundown of what to expect, along with a few early Kindle discounts you can get right now. 

Best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Kindles right now 

While we don’t know exactly what deals Amazon has in store for Kindles on Prime Day 2022, it’s expected that discounts will be similar to those of past Prime Days. 

The basic Kindle, which normally starts at $90, was on sale for $55 in 2021. The Kindle Paperwhite (normally $130) was priced at $80, and the Kindle Oasis was $185, down from $250.

Since last year’s Prime Day, Amazon released two new Kindles: the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition ($190) and the Kindle Paperwhite Kids Edition ($160). Both of these models could be discounted this year.

Though we still have to wait for official Prime Day deals, right now, the basic Kindle is already on sale for $60. That’s only $5 more than the Prime Day sale price we saw last year.

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Prime Day 2022 early Kindle case deals

Amazon’s line of cases for the Kindle can be fairly expensive, so Prime Day is an especially good time to snag one for a discounted price. Last year we saw fabric and leather cases for the Paperwhite, Oasis, and basic Kindle models up to 27% off. 

Ahead of Prime Day, cases for the 10th Gen Kindle — both printed and fabric — are already on sale. The fabric costs $26, down from $30, and the printed case (normally $25) is $21.

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Early Amazon Prime Day deals on Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service offering thousands of ebooks and magazines. This makes it an excellent complement to any Kindle purchase. 

During Prime Day 2021, members could get a free four-month trial of Kindle Unlimited, so it’s expected that there will be similar deals this year. Ahead of Prime Day, there are no special deals yet but new members can still take advantage of the regular 30-day free trial.

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Best Prime Day Kindle deals FAQ

When is Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Amazon Prime Day 2022 will take place sometime in July. 

Prime Day deals are exclusive to Amazon Prime subscribers, so you’ll need to sign up to get Kindle discounts. Amazon Prime costs $15 a month or $139 per year, but new users can get their first 30 days with full benefits for free.

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Which Kindle should I buy in 2022?

When choosing the best Kindle for your needs, start by figuring out how frequently you think you’ll use it, and where. If you’re on a budget and only plan to occasionally use your Kindle at home, you’ll likely be satisfied with the standard model.

However, if you plan to read on frequent camping trips or beach days, the more expensive Oasis is a better fit thanks to its more advanced, travel-friendly features like automatic brightness and water resistance.

You can also save $20 by buying an ad-supported Kindle, which means the lock screen will feature advertisements for Kindle Unlimited books. While these ads aren’t that annoying, some buyers may prefer to pay more for an ad-free experience.

If you’re not a frequent reader, you may want to download the free Kindle app and try downloading a few ebooks to read on your phone, tablet, or computer. You may realize you’re just fine without a dedicated e-reader, or maybe you want a device with a bigger color screen for comic books and magazines, like the Fire HD 10 tablet.

Also, keep in mind that Kindle is Amazon’s brand of e-reader, but it’s not the only one out there. For example, Kobo also earned top marks in our buying guide with its easy to use, water-resistant models.

Is Prime Day the best time to buy a Kindle?

Yes, Prime Day is one of the best times to buy a Kindle. Amazon devices, including Kindle e-readers, typically drop to all-time low prices during Amazon’s annual sale.

How to trade your old Kindle for Amazon Credit

Amazon offers an upgrade program for Kindle owners to trade in their old devices for store credit and get a 20% discount on a new model.

The amount you’ll receive for your trade-in will depend on how old your Kindle is, and it will be applied to your account as an Amazon gift card. A separate credit for 20% off a new Kindle will also be added to your Kindle account, regardless of how old or broken your Kindle is, and you can apply that to Prime Day discounts.

Most Kindle models are worth between $5 and $25 in Amazon trade-in credit, while the latest Kindle Oasis can be traded for $75.

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