Refurbished Kindles, Deals, and Offers

Amazon now has two refurbished Kindles available -

  1. Refurbished Kindle DX (US) for $219.99. This is quite a good price. It’s the US version so the 3G will work only inside the US and will use Sprint’s network. Also, it doesn’t have the new eInk Pearl screen the Kindle DX 2 does (the DX 2, however, is $379). A large-screen Kindle with free 3G in the US for $220 is a very good deal – Please make sure you’re OK with not having the eInk Pearl screen. This Kindle Videos page has videos of the Kindle 2 screen and the Refurbished Kindle DX screen will be similar. This Kindle DX 2 Videos page has videos of the new improved eInk Pearl screen.
  2. Refurbished Kindle WiFi for $129.99. This is a bit of a joke. Buying a brand new Kindle WiFi for $139.99 would be a much better idea. There is no direct link to the refurbished one – just click on the little link below the $139 price which says ’1 Refurbished’.

Enough of refurbished Kindles. Let’s move on to offers and deals.

Offers and Deals for your Kindle

  1. Unconditional? The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness by Brian Zahnd. Price: $0. Genre: Religious, Spiritual, Forgiveness. The starred review from Publishers Weekly is rather interesting -

    Starred Review. In this insightful critique of contemporary Christianity, Zahnd (What to Do on the Worst Day of Your Life), pastor and founder of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Mo., challenges Christians to make Jesus’ call to forgiveness central to their faith. He bases his argument that Christians are not merely forgiven–a belief he considers “cheap grace”– but also called to “extend the grace of forgiveness to others” on his compelling analysis of the Sermon on the Mount, as well as Jesus’ teaching and life, particularly Jesus’ own plea on behalf of his executioners.

  2. The Pursuit of Happiness by Douglas Kennedy. Price: $1. Genre: Historical, Psychological Thrillers, Literary Fiction. Rated 4 stars on 6 reviews.

    In Kennedy’s 10th novel, fledgling writer Sara Smythe has defied her parents’ wishes, left Hartford, and begun a literary life in post-WWII New York. She lands a sought-after job at Life magazine and frequents parties in Greenwich Village hosted by her playwright brother, Eric. There, surrounded by Communists and artists, she meets Jack Malone, a Stars and Stripes journalist. The night they spend together upends Sara’s plans and sends her, Jack, and Ericon a collision course with the repressive forces of the McCarthy era.

  3. Twins by Katherine Stone. Price: $2.99. Genre: Romance, Twins in Manhattan Torn Apart, An Obsessed Killer. Katherine Stone is a NY Times bestselling novelist and this is the first book from her backlist that she’s making available in Kindle format. She’s planning on making her entire backlist available in ebook format. Hopefully, more published authors will start doing this, and perhaps they will be smart enough to choose $3 as the price (though we won’t complain if they choose $1).

That’s it for now.

Refurbished Kindle DX – $220 Refurbished Kindle DX US

The refurbished Kindle DX US is available for $220 at Amazon. It’s a great deal and approaches the ideal Kindle DX price ($200).

Refurbished Kindle DX – Should you get the $220 Refurbished Kindle DX?

That’s a good question. There are two parts to this – Is the Kindle DX the right eReader for you? Is the Refurbished Kindle DX US a good Kindle DX to get?

Kindle DX is a good eReader – with pros and cons

The knock against the Kindle DX has always been the price and lack of mobility.

Kindle DX has several advantages – It’s got a 9.7″ eInk screen that is great for magazines and newspapers, its pretty good for books, it’s large enough for PDFs, you can choose landscape mode to make PDFs and browsing better, it has an accelerometer.

It’s well made and it comes with a 1 year warranty – the refurbished Kindle DX US also comes with a one year warranty.

Kindle DX also has several disadvantages – It’s quite large and hard to carry and hold, the PDF support is limited, it’s a bit slow (slower than smaller Kindles), it’s expensive, one-handed reading is almost impossible.

Overall, the Kindle DX is a good choice if you want an eInk screen, which is great for reading, in a size large enough to handle very large font sizes and magazines and newspapers and PDFs and webpages.

Refurbished Kindle DX at $220 is a pretty good choice

Your options are -

  1. $220 Refurbished Kindle DX US. This is very good value for money. It’s refurbished by Amazon and comes with a 1 year warranty. You can return it up to 30 days after it ships or up to the end of January if you buy it in December. The downsides are that it’s slower, it has slower page turns, and it uses the older generation eInk screen.
  2. Used Kindle DX US at $259. No reason at all to get this if the Refurbished Kindle DX US or a Refurbished Kindle DX is available.
  3. Used Kindle DX 1 at $249. This is the Kindle DX International. It doesn’t have the new eInk Pearl screen but the page turns are a bit faster and screen is a bit better than Kindle DX US. It’s still slow and page turns are still slow. It does use the older generation eInk screen – same one that the Kindle DX US uses. A refurbished version is sometimes available for $280 to $300 and is a decent option.
  4. New Kindle DX 1 at $329. There’s not really any reason to get this unless you really need 3G outside the US. It’s also not that much cheaper than the Kindle DX 2.
  5. New Kindle DX 2 at $379. The latest generation Kindle DX. It has the new eInk Pearl screen but not the software improvements in the Kindle 3 – It’s therefore not as much better than Kindle DX US and International as Kindle 3 is over the Kindle 2s.

If you look at value for money what you’re giving up with the refurbished Kindle DX US is - it’s refurbished and not new, there’s no 3G outside the US, it’s a little slower, it doesn’t have the new eInk Pearl screen, and it doesn’t have some of the speed improvements. It is, however, $159 cheaper than the $379 Kindle DX 2 and it’s a very usable device.

My recommendation would be to go with the $220 Refurbished Kindle DX US if it meets your needs – It’s pretty solid value for money.

$220 Refurbished Kindle DX – What do you miss by not choosing Kindle DX 2?

Here’s what you get with the Refurbished Kindle DX -

  1. A large 9.7″, second generation eInk screen that supports 16 shades of grey. It has 1200 by 824 resolution at 150 pixels per inch.
  2. A $220 price – that’s $159 less than a new Kindle DX 2.
  3. A one year limited warranty and a 30 day return period (end of January if you buy it in December). 
  4. PDF support – though it’s rather limited. 
  5. Great battery life – up to 4 days with wireless on and 2 weeks with wireless off.
  6. The text to speech feature, an accelerometer, 4 GB of memory of which 3.3 GB is available for your documents, built-in speakers, USB 2.0 cable to connect to your PC. 
  7. It weighs 18.9 ounces and measures 10.4″ by 7.2″ by 0.38″. The size does get in the way of holding it and carrying it conveniently.
  8. Sprint’s 3G network.
  9. Access to the Kindle Store and to Kindle WhisperNet.

It really is good value for money if you’re looking for a large screen eReader. Do note that it’s refurbished and not brand new.

Here’s what you miss out on by choosing Kindle DX US over Kindle DX 2 -

  1. The latest generation eInk Pearl screen which the Kindle DX 2 has. It has 50% better contrast.
  2. Faster speed. Page turns and the processor are slower on the Refurbished Kindle DX US. 
  3. Longer Battery Life. The newer Kindle DX lasts an entire week with wireless on and 2-3 weeks with wireless off. 
  4. The Graphite casing – The graphite color helps bring out the screen contrast more.
  5. Wireless coverage outside the US. If your home country is US the Kindle DX 2 gets free wireless coverage in over 100 countries outside the US.

Apart from the eInk Pearl screen and the faster processor there aren’t really any hugely significant differences. If you travel – the free wireless is a big deal.

After going through the Kindle DX 2 page in detail it’s clear that the refurbished Kindle DX US is a great deal at $220.

As long as you’re aware of what you’re giving up (eInk Pearl with 50% better contrast, faster page turns, faster processor, and wireless coverage outside the US) you’re unlikely to have any regrets. The refurbished Kindle DX US at $220 is a solid, solid option.

Refurbished Kindle DX at $299

In the wake of the release of the new Kindle DX 2 at $379 Amazon have dropped the price of the refurbished Kindle DX to $299.

It’s certainly worth considering since for $80 less you get pretty much the same features with the exception of the improved screen contrast of the new Kindle DX 2.

Refurbished Kindle DX vs Kindle DX 2

Here are the differences between the two -

  1. The new Kindle DX 2 has 50% better screen contrast. It also comes in Graphite casing which helps - The screen of the Kindle DX 2 contrasts very nicely with the graphite casing and that in turn helps the dark text stand out even better. The combination of better screen contrast and the graphite casing results in great readability and is the important (and only) improvement in the new Kindle DX 2.
  2. The new Kindle DX 2 is new while the refurbished Kindle DX is, well, refurbished. 
  3. The refurbished Kindle DX is $80 cheaper which is quite significant.

Those are the major differences. Both of them get all the Kindle Store and Kindle eco-system benefits. They’ll also probably have the same software features. Additionally, both of them will have Free Global Wireless.

Personally, the screen contrast and the effect of the graphite casing seems worth the extra $80 though you could get a $10 to $15 dark colored skin to go with the white refurbished Kindle DX and get some of the benefit of having a graphite casing.

Refurbished Kindle DX vs Refurbished Kindle DX US

This is a much more interesting comparison since they are both refurbished and the price difference is just $50.   

  1. The Refurbished Kindle DX US is just $249 which is $50 cheaper.  
  2. The Refurbished Kindle DX Global gets free 3G wireless outside the US and runs on AT&T while the refurbished Kindle DX US only gets free wireless inside the US and works on Sprint.
  3. The refurbished Kindle DX has improvements in the screen and in the speed of refreshes – it does have better screen contrast than the US version. The software upgrades have made the refurbished Kindle DX US faster but it’ll probably still be slower than the Global version.

In most other ways they are the same. They both get the Kindle Store and get to share their books with Kindle Apps and with Kindles and with each other. They also have the same 9.7″ eInk screen.

With the new Kindle DX 2 at $379, the $249 refurbished Kindle DX US, and the $299 refurbished Kindle DX there are now a multitude of choices - You have to wonder when the Kindle DX Global will drop from its current $379 price.

Refurbished Kindle DX US at $249 again

Last time the Refurbished Kindle DX US was at $249 for only a few hours before it was re-priced to $349. Get yours soon if you’re interested – it seems to only ship to US addresses.

Kindle DX 2 Vs Refurbished Kindle DX US – The Differences

Here are the main differences between the two -

  1. Refurbished Kindle DX US is at $249 (for the moment) while the new Kindle DX 2 is at $379. That’s a $130 price difference.  
  2. The refurbished Kindle DX US is not brand new.
  3. The Kindle DX 2 will have much better screen contrast and be more responsive. The Kindle DX Global had better screen contrast than the Kindle DX US and the Kindle DX 2 has 50% better contrast than the Kindle DX Global so there should be a significant difference between the Kindle DX 2 and the refurbished Kindle DX US.
  4. Refurbished Kindle DX US  uses Sprint’s network while the kindle dx 2 uses AT&T.
  5. Kindle DX 2 has global free 3G while Refurbished Kindle DX US only has free 3G wireless in the USA - Outside the US you will have to browse the Kindle Store on your PC and download books to PC and then transfer to your refurbished kindle dx US.

A $130 price difference is sizeable and the difference in screen contrast will be sizeable too. It’s a pretty tough decision.

Refurbished Kindle DX US Vs Kindle DX 2 – The Similarities

You get most of the Kindle value proposition with both –  

  1. Access to the Kindle eco-system, the Kindle Store, and all the Kindle Apps and features. 
  2. They both have a great, large 9.7″ eInk screen – with the qualifier that the Kindle DX 2 will have much better screen contrast and probably faster screen refreshes.
  3. Free wireless downloads, free wireless store browsing, and Free Internet Access in the US.
  4. They both get all the Kindle 2.5 features like Folders, supersized fonts, social features, and password protection.
  5. They both have decent PDF support with pan and zoom and show PDFs correctly with great support for showing tables and illustrations and formatting correctly. Notes and highlights and text to speech in PDFs is not supported. You can convert PDFs to Kindle format to get these features.  
  6. Lots of great features like Read To Me (sometimes Publishers disable this for their books), built-in dictionary, Search, and support for background music and audiobooks.
  7. They both get the software improvements Amazon has made since the launch of the Kindle DX.
  8. They both come with a 1 year limited Amazon warranty and a 30 day return policy. You can buy an extended 2 year warranty for both.
  9. No computer required when in the US. Outside the US you need a computer to add more books to the refurbished kindle dx US though you can use the new Kindle DX 2 without a computer.

Overall the refurbished Kindle DX US is a great value if the screen contrast is enough for you and you don’t travel outside the US much.

Refurbished Kindle DX US drops to $249, back to $349

Update – Price is up to $349.

The Refurbished Kindle DX US is now just $249. This is a super impressive price.

Update: Amazon doesn’t seem to be willing to ship this to Canada or UK so it might be a US only deal.

It also brings up a lot of questions -

  1. How can they afford to sell it for just $249?
  2. Did they have a lot of stock left over from 2009?
  3. Did the Kindle DX not sell much last year? Or is it that there were a lot of returns last year.
  4. How can they have enough Kindle DXes to sell given new US ones are no longer being sold and presumably there are little to no returns.
  5. What does this do to the used Kindle DX market?
  6. Will the refurbished Kindle DX global edition also see a price drop from $369? 
  7. What about the Kindle DX itself – Why is it still at $489?
  8. Why is this limited to the US?
  9. Why the huge drop from $349 (or was it $329) to $249?

It’s amazing to think that a few days ago you had to pay $259 for a Kindle 2 and today you can get a refurbished Kindle DX US for just $249.

$249 Refurbished Kindle DX US strongly hints at Kindle DX 2 being around the corner

There’s no way to rationalize a half-price refurbished Kindle DX. Yes, it’s the US version – but if you don’t travel much that’s not an issue. Also, it isn’t that hard to download books via PC if travelling internationally.

Amazon are probably clearing out their stock of the Kindle DX US . They are probably also trying out different prices to figure out the price at which they can sell their existing stock of Kindle DXes (both US and Global). We might soon see the refurbished Kindle DX Global at lower prices. 

What possible need would there be to do all this other than to prepare for a Kindle DX 2 that is better and possibly cheaper?

How soon before it sells out?

Absolutely no idea – it’d be better to get it sooner rather than later. At $249 it’s an absolute steal – especially if you’re in the US. You get a 9.7″ screen, you get free wireless downloads and free wireless Internet, and you get all the benefits of the Kindle ecosystem.

Plus you can read all the Kindle books you already have on it. Perfect for buying it for a family member. If the $249 refurbished Kindle DX US seems appealing – make a decision quickly. At this price it wouldn’t be a surprise if it sells out rather quickly.

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