Friday, April 23 is World Book Day! If you’re looking for your next great read, Amazon has a deal for you — I’m not even sure if this one qualifies as a deal per se, given that all of these titles are, well, free. Until 27, you can download 10 Kindle books for free (usually $4.99 each) here. The books represent 10 different countries – Bolivia, Tunisia, Ghana, Israel, England, India, Japan, the Netherlands, China and Venezuela – and have been translated into English where necessary.
If you don’t already have one, you will need one. Kindle (from $89.99), or one Amazon Fire tablet (from $49.99) or the Kindle app (free download here) on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Here’s your reminder, too: Prime members can pick up a free Kindle book every month in case you haven’t already jumped at the chance. A Prime membership costs $139 per year or $14.99/month, and you get free two-day shipping, access to Prime Video and more.
Read without distraction. Highlight passages, look up definitions, translate words and adjust text size, without ever leaving the page.
Read on to learn more about the Kindle and Fire tablet in case you’re looking for the perfect World Book Day reading experience.
What Reviewers Say About Amazon’s Kindle
Tech Radar says the current iteration of the standard Kindle is “one of the most capable e-readers of all time”. It’s easy to hold and ideal for commuting – “even when you’re thrown onto a train and have to hold on for life with your other hand.” Adding a backlight makes it “better than ever”.
Good Housekeeping says the Kindle is “great value, especially after its 2019 redesign.” The reviewer also welcomes the addition of the backlight to the standard model and notes that there is also a light for night reading. “In testing, it scored a high 87/100, with our expert testers praising its built-in backlight, simple design and long battery life.”
The main complaint from reviewers is that the Kindle only comes with a charging cable, but no power adapter. “So technically the advertised price seems cheaper, but the buyer can’t use the device without spending more to buy an AC adapter,” writes one reviewer. “It’s like selling a new car without a battery.”
What reviewers say about the Amazon Fire tablet
PC Magazine says the Fire 10 (the most updated version of the tablet at $149.99) is “the best tablet you can get for under $200”. More than 70,600 reviews on Amazon give it an average of 4.6 stars out of 5. “This is the best Fire tablet I’ve bought (I’ve had 5 of them),” writes one reviewer. “Battery life has been really fantastic. I bought a light cable and was amazed at how quickly it charged. I’m very happy with my Fire. However, if you fall for this tablet, remember that the Fire is optimized for applications and Amazon products.
About this column: Since you’re here, allow me to introduce myself: I’m Maddy Perkins, Associate Business Editor for MarketWatch Picks. I have a growing pile of books to read, but I downloaded all ten of them for my Kindle. I’m a big online shopper who loves a bargain, especially when it comes to cool kitchen gadgets, electronics, fashion, and beauty products. I’ll be here a few times a week to share with you the best deals I can find online. Do you have something you would like me to research? Email me at email@example.com. Cheers!