Amazon has just added the 16 GB variant to Kindle Paperwhite 5. You can get it for $149.99.
When the 6.8-inch Kindle Paperwhite was launched in October 2021, only two storage variants were available. The regular Paperwhite came with 8 GB of internal memory, while the Signature Edition was available with 32 GB.
There was no way to buy the regular Paperwhite 5 with a bigger storage. Fortunately, things are getting better.
The same day Amazon announced the newest base-level Kindle 11, the 16 GB storage variant was added to the Kindle Paperwhite 5 product page. I have checked Wayback Machine, and no 16 GB variant was available earlier this day, so it happened exactly at the time of announcement.
Kindle Paperwhite 5 Regular with 16 GB and lockscreen ads costs $149.99. It’s $10 more than the 8 GB variant. For the 16 GB version without ads, you will pay $169.99.
There is one more thing worth mentioning. You can now get the 8 GB Paperwhite with a free 3-month Kindle Unlimited subscription at no extra cost. The Kindle Unlimited offer was not available at the device’s launch – and it’s still not available for the 16 GB storage variant.
Is the bigger storage size important? The 8 GB Paperwhite has some 6 GB available for the user. You can store thousands of text-only ebooks on your e-reader. Would you ever be able to read them?
Things change when you use your Kindle Paperwhite to collect and listen to Audible audiobooks. The 8 GB Kindle will handle some 35-40 full-length audio files. When you get the 16 GB variant, you will have 70-80 audiobooks ready to be played any time.
Plus, the storage is important for readers who use the Kindle as the ultimate ebook bookshelf and rarely sync their content with Amazon Kindle cloud servers.
Are you planning to buy the Kindle Paperwhite with 8 or 16 GB of internal memory?
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