Best Kindle for visually impaired to buy [2020 Guide]


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Kindle visually impaired

Kindle is probably the world’s most popular brand of ebook readers out there. Their devices provide a quality reading experience, and recent upgrades and the latest models also come with plenty of tools that benefit those that are visually impaired.

Unfortunately, no model has come out yet that can cater to those that are 100% blind. However, those that can still see, even faintly, can use Kindle devices to read thanks to the many functions they have.

Of course, some models are better than the others, so we’ve decided to compile a list of the ones we think cater best to the needs of the visually impaired.

Note: Deals are subject to change. Keep in mind that the price tag often varies. We recommend going on the vendor’s website to check the price. Some of the products may be out of stock by the time you’ve made your purchasing decision. So, hurry up and hit the buy button.

What are the best Kindle devices for the visually impaired?

1

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle PaperwhiteThe Kindle Paperwhite is the latest version of Kindle so far, and it especially caters to those that are visually impaired or partially impaired.

It features the highest contrast ratio of all Kindle devices, making it even brighter than actual letters printed on paper, but without the glare you’d expect from a regular ebook reader.

Additionally, the adjustable lighting is great for when you’re trying to read in pretty much any area, regardless of how illuminated or dark the room is.

Pros:

  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle reader yet
  • Flush-front design and 300 PPI glare-free display
  • Waterproof
  • Available in 8 and 32GB storage versions
  • Now with Audible
  • Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks
  • The built-in adjustable light lets you read indoors and outdoors, day and night

Cons:

  • Can’t be used to play your own audio files
  • You can connect to only two websites over WAN with the experimental browser

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2

Amazon Kindle

Amazon KindleThe base Kindle model gets minor upgrades every year, making it better and better while still remaining the same reliable ebook-reader everyone loves.

As such, the Kindle got upgraded to have some features that now also benefit those that suffer from visual impairment, as you can now adjust the brightness and contrast ratio more than ever before.

More so, text can be highlighted and zoomed in without ever leaving the page, which is a great added bonus.

Pros:

  • Adjustable front light lets you read comfortably for hours—indoors and outdoors, day and night
  • Purpose-built for reading, with a 167 PPI glare-free display
  • Reads like real paper, even in direct sunlight
  • Read distraction-free
  • Highlight passages, look up definitions, translate words, and adjust text size
  • Select from millions of books, newspapers, and audiobooks
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks
  • Enjoy more books with Audible
  • Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to switch seamlessly between reading and listening

Cons:

  • Has a tendency to sometimes skip pages

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3

Kindle Kids Edition

Kindle Kids EditionKids can also suffer from visual impairment due to various medical conditions, so an ebook reader that is geared more towards their taste is a welcome addition to anyone’s library.

The Kindle Kids Edition is just a re-skin of the basic Amazon Kindle, featuring a few extra features that also help your children improve their reading skills and expand their vocabulary.

Pros:

  • Kindle Kids Edition is purpose-built for reading, with a black & white glare-free display
  • It performs differently than a tablet because it’s geared for reading books
  • Weeks of battery life
  • The lack of games, ads or videos means zero distractions
  • Tools like Word Wise and Vocabulary Builder help strengthen reading skills

Cons:

  • Just a Kindle with a few extra programs pre-installed

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4

Kindle Oasis

Kindle OasisIf you love to read comfortably for hours on end, then you’ll need a Kindle that you can easily handle, maybe even one that you can easily hold and use with just one hand.

One model that fits these criteria is the Kindle Oasis, which features a paperwhite display with a high contrast ratio that feels like reading off of real paper, all while wrapped in a compact and very functional design.

Pros:

  • 300 PPI flush-front
  • Paperwhite display
  • Adjustable warm light to shift screen shade from white to amber
  • Waterproof (IPX8)
  • Thin and light ergonomic design with page turn buttons
  • Reads like real paper with the latest e-ink technology for fast page turns
  • Instant access to millions of books and newspapers

Cons:

  • Feels heavier and slips easier because of the metallic design

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Closing thoughts on Kindles for the visually impaired

Amazon upgrades its Kindles devices almost every year, with the most noticeable upgrades being the ones that are software-related.

Recently, they decided to include various image adjustment tools and font editors that can be really handy for those that have trouble reading.

So, if you’re looking for a Kindle that is good for the visually impaired, look for those that have the latest firmware installed, especially the Kindle Paperwhite.