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One of the biggest downfalls of e-readers is that highlighting and annotating may not be as easy or intuitive compared to a physical book. But Amazon aims to directly address those problems with the Kindle Scribe, its top-shelf e-reader. Right now, you can get the 16GB Kindle Scribe for $269.99 (originally $339.99) plus three free months of Kindle Unlimited. (The 32GB and 64GB models are also discounted.) This is the lowest price for the Kindle Scribe I have seen outside of Black Friday, so if you’ve been considering picking one up, now may be the time.
A great upgrade for Kindle lovers
The Kindle Scribe is expensive. It runs a bit over twice the price of the most basic Kindle, but it can be worth it for certain people. If you think the Kindle or Paperwhite screens are too small and you find yourself reading in landscape mode to make the font larger and more legible, then you might love the Scribe’s big screen. Reading on the 10.2-inch screen in landscape is like reading an actual book since you can see both pages at the same time.
It’s not for everyone, though. Unlike the Kindle Paperwhite, the Scribe is not waterproof. It also doesn’t have the page turn button that the Kindle Oasis has, which I prefer over a touchscreen. If those things don’t bother you, you might enjoy the Scribe. It still has weeks of battery life, Bluetooth capabilities, and an auto-adjusting feature for brightness and warm light.
What you can and can’t do with the Scribe
The Kindle Scribe does sync with cloud storage according to Amazon, allowing you to transfer your notes to other devices easily. It is backed up to the cloud when the device is connected to the internet and Whispersync is enabled. When it comes to PDF files, you can write directly on the page as long as they are imported through the “Send to Kindle” page. You can’t currently write on PDF documents loaded via USB-C or PDFs sent to your library before Nov. 11, 2022—but you can always re-send them through Send to Kindle to get them to work. You can write on your books as long as they aren’t EPUB comics, Manga, or children’s books. You can make handwritten sticky notes, text notes, and highlights to the following file types: DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, HTM, HTML, PNG, GIF, JPG, JPEG, BMP, EPUB. You can see the full list here.
The Kindle Scribe is much cheaper than other, similar e-readers, like the reMarkable 2. It’s also highly regarded as one of the best e-readers you can buy. With the current discount and three free months of Kindle Unlimited, this might be the Kindle to help you reach your 2024 reading goals.