What is the Best Kindle for Elderly Persons?

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The Kindle is not just for youngsters, but it is also for the elderly. Seniors who enjoy reading and want a more convenient and or technology-savvy way to read their favorite books should invest in a Kindle. But what is the best Kindle for elderly persons who want access to a wide range of books and periodicals? 

For seniors who fall sick, become frail and weak, or get diagnosed with a medical condition that prevents them from carrying heavy books around, Kindles are an ideal investment. This e-reader is a lightweight device that allows the user to hold it in their hands for hours without getting tired.

They can also buy an accessory that props up their Kindle. Persons with weak eyesight can enlarge the text to read the novels they have downloaded. Apart from reading books, Kindle also has a huge library containing audio-books and magazines.

Are you are wondering if the Kindle is user-friendly? Know that a Kindle is very easy to use.  Any senior’s loved one can teach them how to:

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  • Turn on the device
  • Select a book to read
  • Read from where they left off due to its automatic bookmarking feature
  • Tap, slide or squeeze the bezels a little to flip pages (depending on model)
  • Add notes and underline
  • Turn off the device

Before seniors buy a Kindle for themselves or a loved one gifts it to them, they need to consider a few factors that will influence their decision on the type of Kindle they should purchase, as there are many versions available.

Things to Consider When Buying the Best Kindle for Elderly

Are you wanting to purchase a Kindle for your loved one? Your loved one may not know the type of Kindle they should buy for themselves, especially if they struggle to use the internet. That is where you step in.

If you are an elderly person who knows the ins and outs of using the internet you are capable of making your own decision. If you need assistance for making the right decision, here are important features of the e-reader you need to consider first:

1. Do You Want an e-reader with Wi-Fi or 3G?

You can choose between an e-reader with Wi-Fi only or one with both Wi-Fi and 3G. The Wi-Fi and 3G Kindle is slightly more expensive than the Kindle with just Wi-Fi. The type of e-reader you choose depends on your usage.

Choose an e-reader with Wi-Fi if you can easily access Wi-Fi hot-spots around your area. Remember, you do have the option to download books to read offline. Choose an e-reader with Wi-Fi and 3G if you there are few Wi-Fi hotspots around your area. For traveling purposes, Wi-Fi with 3G is good.

2. Do You Want an e-reader with a Colored Display?

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You can get an e-reader that is only for reading or an e-reader that allows you to go to other websites. If you want a Kindle just for reading, choose a model that displays text in grayscale. If you want a colored display, choose from one of the latest models.

On the latest models, you can browse the web and download apps as well. You can even watch videos or visit your social media accounts.

E-readers also have an LCD display screen, which will add some glare when reading under bright light or the sun, but you can minimize that by adjusting its brightness. The newest models of e-readers are including a glare-free display screen.

3. Do You Want a Built-in Light?

Not all e-readers come with a built-in light. The built-in light takes the place of a lamp. If you like to read in bed before going to sleep, choose a Kindle with a built-in light. If you travel a lot, a built-in light will come in handy.

4. Do You Prefer Text to Speech or Just Text?

Some e-readers are just for the purpose of reading and do not have the text to speech feature whereas others have it. If you are unable to read due to the strain it puts on your eyes or you prefer listening to books than reading them, opt for an e-reader that comes with the text to speech feature.

5. Do You Want a Large e-reader?

E-readers are available In various shapes and sizes. You can choose a 6-inch, lightweight Kindle or a 7-inch, heavy Kindle. The larger the size of the e-reader, the heavier it will be.

Best Kindle for Elderly: Kindle Paperwhite

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Kindle reader


What Makes It the Best Kindle for Elderly Persons?

Kindle Paperwhite is available in black and includes two storage capacities, 8 GB and 32 GB. Branded as the thinnest and lightest Kindle to hit the market, the device has a flush-front design and a glare-free display screen. When using this e-reader to read a book, you feel as if you are reading a book regardless of whether you are reading it outdoors under the sun or indoors.

The Kindle is also waterproof, which means you can read it near water or even in your bathtub. You can listen to audio-books by pairing it with Bluetooth speakers or headphones. On a single charge, you can read your book for a week, thus making it perfect for trips.

You will also get access to new books and bestsellers and to more than a million books at $2.99 or less. The Kindle Paperwhite is slightly more expensive than the previous Kindle models.

It has a resolution of 300 ppi with a front light that can be easily turned off. It connects to Wi-Fi only yet will store from 2500 to 3000 books.


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Pros and con
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Wi-Fi  connectivity
  • Glare-free screen
  • Two storage capacities (32 GB and 8 GB)
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Adjustable text size


  • Small display screen

Why Should You Purchase a Kindle?

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Lady reading on a kindle

If you are an avid reader, you will enjoy your purchase of a Kindle. With a Kindle, more than a million books and other types of media are at your fingertips.

Even though Kindle is for all ages, it is a blessing in disguise for seniors who love to read but have trouble holding a book for too long or are unable to read due to poor eyesight but can listen to their favorite books.

With a Kindle, the elderly can enjoy their favorite pastime for years to come. Since it feels like they are reading from a paper book, they are less likely to mind the change.

Kindle makes it possible for seniors to take up books once again in this new tech-savvy format. Thank for taking the time to read our information on Kindles.

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