UPDATE: Jul. 5, 2022, 2:02 p.m. EDT This story has been updated to reflect pricing changes and the latest deals.

The best early Prime Day Kindle deals as of July 5:

  • BEST DEAL: The Kindle Paperwhite (2018) is everything you need in an e-reader, and it's waterproof to boot — $89.99 $159.99 (save 44%)

  • BEST REFURBISHED OPTION: This Certified Refurbished Kindle Oasis (the most advanced Kindle) is just as functional as a new one, but at a more justifiable price — $209.99 $249.99 (save 16%)

  • BEST KIDS OPTION: The Kindle Kids helps little ones establish healthy reading habits with zero distractions — $49.99 $109.99 (Prime members save 55%)

  • BEST ESSENTIALS BUNDLE: The Kindle Essentials Bundle features the Paperwhite (2018) version as well as a fabric cover to protect your screen and a power adapter — $124.97 $139.97 (save 10%)

  • BEST SPLURGE BUNDLE: The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Essentials Bundle includes a fabric cover and charging stand with the best Kindle yet, featuring automatically adjusted self-lighting and wireless charging — $229.97 $249.97 (save 8%)

If you're adding books to your reading list way faster than you're finishing them, you might want to try an e-reader. Its convenience might give you one fewer reason to flake on your annual reading goals — plus, there's nothing like seeing that Goodreads number go up.

Prime Day doesn't start until July 12, but there are a few solid Kindle deals on Amazon already. The retail giant has been particularly generous with its own devices, including Fire TVs, gaming controllers, and fitness trackers.

Though the latest Kindle discounts are limited mostly to bundles along with a few older models, last year for Prime Day every Kindle was on sale, so it's likely that we'll see more and more of the line featured as we head toward July 12 and 13.

Check out some of our favorites below.

BEST DEAL: Kindle Paperwhite (2018) — $89.99

While not its newest model, Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite from pre-pandemic years was a solid choice back then, and still is. In Mashable's review of it at the time, we noted its thin and light design, handy features like instant word search (for those fancy-schmancy terms) and family libraries.

It was also the first Kindle to let you sync your reading/playing progress across other Kindles and devices with Audible, so that you can start reading a book in bed one night and pick up the audio version the next morning on your commute.

The Kindle Paperwhite comes in four colors and is also waterproof, so you can read by the pool without fear of splash-back.

Opens in a new tab Credit: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018, 32GB, ad supported) (opens in a new tab) $89.99 at Amazon (save 44%) Get Deal (opens in a new tab)

BEST REFURBISHED OPTION: Certified Refurbished Kindle Oasis — $209.99

If you don't mind not being the first person to own your Kindle, Amazon has a solid deal for you — a Kindle Oasis (aka the most advanced Kindle ever) for $40 off.

This is the 10th-gen Kindle Oasis, which was released in 2019. It features warm light adjustment, waterproofing, and a crisp 300 ppi display. While it was a boring upgrade upon release that Mashable's tech correspondent Raymond Wong felt was overpriced, this discount makes it easier to justify.

Opens in a new tab Credit: Amazon Certified Refurbished Kindle Oasis (2019) (opens in a new tab) $209.99 at Amazon (save 16%) Get Deal (opens in a new tab)

BEST KIDS OPTION: Kindle Kids — $49.99

The Kindle Kids is designed to help little ones develop healthy reading habits. It's purpose-built for reading only, with tools to help young readers with challenging books. Parents can even set educational goals and manage content with easy-to-use parental controls, age filters, and more with the Parent Dashboard.

Prime members can snag the 10th-generation Kindle Kids, which comes with one year of Amazon Kids+, a kid-friendly cover, and a two-year worry-free guarantee, for a steal at over half off.

Opens in a new tab Credit: Amazon Kindle Kids (opens in a new tab) $49.99 at Amazon (Prime members save 55%) Get Deal (opens in a new tab)

BEST ESSENTIALS BUNDLE: Kindle Essentials Bundle — $124.97

Although Kindle Essentials Bundles can include a bunch of different covers — printed, leather, cork — our pick is the one with the fabric cover. It's a mere $5 more than the printed version but much cuter, significantly less expensive than either leather or cork, and comes in four colors to seal the deal.

The bundle comes with a power adapter and a Kindle cover designed by Amazon to securely attach and modify for easy reading and grip. The devices recognizes when the cover is on, and goes to sleep to conserve battery, waking up automatically when it's folded back.

The Kindle included is the 10th-gen, no-frills-but-functional model.

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BEST SPLURGE BUNDLE: Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Essentials Bundle — $229.97

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is the best in the game right now, as our review describes. Besides standard upgrades like a longer-lasting battery, faster processing speed, and a USB-C port, it's also got wireless charging, more memory, and an automatically-adjusting front light (and warm light option).

Its 300 ppi glare-free display also claims to read like real paper, even in direct sunlight, which is no small feat. As the upgraded version, the Paperwhite Signature also only comes in WiFi-enabled form, so you don't have to worry about forgetting to download books before you tote your device around.

The bundle includes a fabric cover (in just the one color this time) and, unlike previous Kindles, a wireless charging dock that also doubles as a stand for when you don't even want to hold the Kindle up to read.

Opens in a new tab Credit: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Essentials Bundle (opens in a new tab) $229.97 at Amazon (save 8%) Get Deal (opens in a new tab)