Fire it Up: All You Need to Know About the Amazon Kindle

Amazon's Kindle was not the first e-book reader ever released. But there's no doubt it was the one with the most impact. Since its release in November 2007, the Kindle has been a key reason for the mainstream adoption of the digital e-book format. In fact, e-books now outsell both hardcover and paperback books combined on

Through the years, the original E-Ink Kindle has seen plenty of refreshes, including the addition of Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity features. Amazon also released a "DX" variant, which sports a bigger screen than the regular Kindle. But with increased competition from competitors such as Barnes & Noble and Sony, which both offered touchscreen e-readers, for example, Amazon needed to step up its game. Barnes & Noble's Nook Color tablet was especially a surprise, eclipsing the Kindle as the bestselling e-reader worldwide in 2011, thanks to its ability to be used as an Android tablet.

2016 Kindle

By 2011, Amazon refreshed its entire Kindle lineup by offering six models. The original Kindle 3 models were rebranded the Kindle Keyboard and Kindle Keyboard 3G. Amazon also added four new models. The first is a budget priced $79 Kindle with no keyboard. Next were two e-ink-based touchscreen models, the Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G. Rounding out the list was an Android-based tablet, the Kindle Fire, which has seen several refreshes and new versions as it now accounts for a larger share of Amazon's device business. These include newer "HD" variants as well as a kids' version designed to withstand drops and rougher treatment.

The result is a stranglehold on the e-reader market by Amazon as well as new strength in the tablet market. Here's a look at Amazon's Kindle devices through the years.


Latest Lineup

Previous Line-up

Using Your Kindle

Kindle Accessories