Amazon Kindle Basic 

Released September, 2012
  • Wi-Fi
  • 6"
  • 800 x 600
  • 2 GB
6.9 Out of 10

Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Amazon Kindle Basic


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Kindle Basic
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kindle Basic
e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more


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Kindle Basic
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Gray shades 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600
Screen size 6"
Pixel density 166 ppi
Built-in light None
Screen type E-Ink
Touchscreen None
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes


Sync across multiple devices Yes
Note taking Yes
Text to speech No
Directly download library e-books to device No
Web browser Yes
Stereo speakers No
Evernote integration No
Landscape mode Yes
Accelerometer No
Parental controls Yes


Internal storage 1.25 GB
Expansion slot None
Memory 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 165.8 x 114.5 x 8.7 mm
Weight 170 g
Interface D-pad
Headphone jack No


Input/Output port micro-USB
Cellular data None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No

technical specs

Processor 800 MHz
Document support
  1. AZW
  2. PDF
  3. PRC
  4. DOC
  5. TXT
  6. MOBI
  7. HTML
Image support
  1. JPEG
  2. GIF
  3. PNG
  4. BMP


Uses an open platform No
Bookstore Kindle Store
EBookstore size 4 M book
Free content free content 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes
Cloud storage Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations No
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