Updated: May 27, 2020
Currently, there are three models of Kindle Canada:
There are two versions of the new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite:
In addition, you can choose a new Kindle Paperwhite with a digital storage capacity of 8 GB or 32 GB. The newest Kindle Paperwhite was introduced to the Canadian market on November 7, 2018.
There are two versions of Kindle Oasis:
You can choose Kindle Oasis with a storage space of 8GB or 32GB. The latest Kindle Oasis was released in Canada in July 2019.
Besides Kindle Canada e-readers, Amazon also offers a line of Fire tablets. Fire tablet is available in 7-inch, 8-inch and 10 inch sizes.
Amazon initially introduced Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite to the Canadian market on January 23, 2013.
Amazon is the number 1 name on the e-book market in Canada, thanks to the fact that they offer customers the largest selection of electronic books, audiobooks, newspapers, and comics in the world.
This content can be accessed with several electronic gadgets (with using a dedicated Kindle app), including smartphones, tablets, and computers. However, none of these gadgets are ideal for reading e-books. When comparing an ereader vs tablet, a tablet has a much shorter battery life, and its LCD glossy display makes it hard to read in direct sunlight.
Amazon offers a few subscription-based services in Canada for users who enjoy reading books. Those services are Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible.
A few years ago, many Canadians were wondering where to buy Kindle in Canada. At that time, the Kindle was available only on the American Amazon website. Not anymore – buying Kindle devices in Canada is much easier. Now, all Kindle models are available for Canadians in online stores and physical stores across Canada.
The best place to buy a Kindle reader in Canada is on the Canadian Amazon website (Amazon.ca).
Kindle reader is Amazon’s own product (designed and distributed by Amazon), so naturally, Amazon offers all models on its website, including the latest Kindle models as well as some refurbished Kindle readers from the previous generation at a discounted price. If you buy Kindle reader from Canadian Amazon, it comes with free delivery within Canada.
You can buy Kindle Canada in brick and mortar stores such as Best Buy and Staples, but currently, it is not as easy as it should be. The selection of Kindle readers varies from store to store, and most of the stores do not carry all models of Kindle reader, or they do not carry any model at all. Instead, most of the retail stores carry only the best-selling models, such as Kindle Paperwhite. Very often, they do not have it in stock in a shop near your place, but they have it in stock in different locations in the other part of the city.
Chapters, Indigo and The Source retail stores offer all models of Kobo e-readers, but they do not offer any model of Kindle e-readers.
Kindle sale happens a few times a year, and at that time, Amazon offers the best bargains. Kindle cheapest price is 20-30 dollars better than a regular price. The best time to buy Kindle Canada, besides Christmas season and Black Friday, is on Prime day. Prime Day is the annual shopping event of great deals and discounts created by Amazon that usually takes place in mid-July (in 2019, it was a 2-day event – July 15 and July 16).
Amazon offers the biggest discounts on Prime Day on many products, including all the cheapest Kindle deals. The best Kindle sale is offered for Amazon Prime members – this discount can go up to 30%. Amazon Prime membership subscription in Canada costs $7.99 per month or $79 per year. Amazon offers a 30-day free Prime membership account, so you can subscribe for it at no cost and be eligible to take advantage of all sales for members.
In addition, Kindle sale could happen during the back-to-school event or at any other time. Amazon does not announce this Kindle sale in advance.
Kindle price depends on the model, storage capacity (4GB, 8GB or 32GB) and connectivity (WiFi only or cellular connectivity).
The price of e-readers sold in Canada has come down significantly in the last few years since e-readers have become a very popular device, and the technology has improved.
Kindle basic model is the cheapest Kindle in Canada. It has 4GB of storage space.
Kindle Paperwhite is a mid-range Kindle e-reader. It is the most popular Kindle e-reader in Canada. Kindle Paperwhite is the best combination of good features and an affordable price.
Kindle Oasis is the best e-reader from the Kindle family and currently the best e-reader in the world. And it is the most expensive Kindle – a high price for high quality.
In Canada, Amazon doesn’t offer Kindle e-readers with special offers. In the USA, customers can choose to buy Kindle with or without special offers. Kindle e-readers with special offers are $20 cheaper. Special offers are Amazon’s ads displayed on the Kindle’s sleep screen.
The following is a review of prices for all Kindle Canada models and versions currently (2020) available in Canada:
The key draw of the Kindle ereader Canada is the E-ink touch screen. Kindle readers use E-ink screen technology that makes very smooth and readable text. Reading books or magazines on the e-ink screen is like reading a real book. All three models of Kindle ereader Canada are now equipped with front light.
The only Kindle without front light was Kindle basic model, but Amazon re-designed it in the spring of 2019. One of the new features was an addition of front light that consists of four LEDs (light-emitting diodes).
The front light on Kindles is always on, and it is a granularly adjustable system that consists of a few LEDs. Front light settings depending on the time of day and ambient light intensity. Turning the front light on Kindle e-reader up to its maximum level or down to its minimum level will allow you to read an e-book outside in the brightest sunlight or a bedroom in complete darkness without disturbing your partner and without eyestrain. The quality of lighting and the crispness of the text on the screen is a significant improvement over the previous versions of Kindle e-readers.
Only on the top-end model, Kindle Oasis, front light automatically adjusts to perfect brightness. On the other Kindle models, users manually adjust brightness.
Which Kindle to buy decision depends on your budget, reading preferences and how much reading you do?
If you are going to use your Kindle only for reading e-books then you can buy Kindle e-reader with 8GB – that is plenty of storage space, and you can carry a thousand e-books.
However, if you are going to use your Kindle for listening to audiobooks in addition to reading e-books then you should buy Kindle with 32GB storage space. The audio book needs much more storage space than an electronic fiction book. An average audio book requires 150 MB of space, while longer audio books can take up to 1GB of space. One hour of listening to audio book requires about 30 megabytes.
Kindle e reader needs to connect to the internet in order to download e-books, audio books, and magazines. You can use Wi Fi or cellular technology for downloading books. Most of the users are satisfied with the Kindle WiFi-only e-reader. All they need is to find a spot where WiFi is available. In addition, users can always download books or other content to their computer and then transfer them to the Kindle e-reader with a USB to Micro cable. When you buy Kindle, this cable is included in the package.
However, if you travel a lot and wish to download the latest newspapers and magazines while travelling, it is better to buy Kindle WiFi + cellular connectivity (4G).
Amazon sells accessories for Kindle readers such as battery chargers, cases, audio adaptors, etc. Leather case protects Kindle devices from scratches and accidental drops.
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