For Christmas I ordered a new Kindle for myself, and I just love it.

It is the All-new Kindle Paperwhite (8 GB). It has a 6.8″ screen display and an adjustable warm light, which is easier on the eyes.

This Kindle is ad-supported, as I didn’t want to pay extra to have it come without ads.

The ad-supported option (also known as Special Offers or Lockscreen Ads) displays sponsored screensavers on your device’s lockscreen. (I have yet to notice this however, when I’m reading.)

I ordered this cover in red (of course) to protect my new Kindle.

Red Cover For My Kindle: (Fits 11th Generation Only)

Kindle cover in red

The cover is the Kindle Paperwhite Leather Cover (11th Generation-2021).

It also comes in three other colors.

  • Designed to perfectly fit your Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (11th Generation only—will not fit prior generation Kindle devices).
  • The thin and light high quality leather cover created for Kindle Paperwhite allows for hours of comfortable reading.
  • Textured natural leather cover with microfiber interior protects your display from scratches.
  • Opens and closes just like a book to wake your Kindle or put it to sleep.
  • Cover folds back for easy one-handed reading. It can remain on your Kindle Paperwhite for charging.
  • Magnetic attachment ensures cover is securely closed.
  • Choose from four colors— Black, Deep Sea Blue, Lavender Haze , Merlot.
  • Made with 28% post-consumer recycled plastics.
  • Interior microfiber is made with 63% post-consumer recycled fabric.
  • 92% of this accessory’s packaging is made of wood fiber-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources.
In My New Kindle & Free eBooks, I show the inside of my new Kindle

I have always found ways to get eBooks without having to pay for them. In fact now that I think about it, I’ve never once paid for an eBook.

For awhile I had Kindle Unlimited. Then Prime started carrying books in a library format called Prime Reading.

Prime Reading:

What exactly is Prime Reading? Think of it as a private library that lets Prime members read free. Prime Reading includes a selection of more than 2,500 books and magazines, and is one of the Prime benefits you can share in your household.

How do I get started? Make sure you are logged in to your Amazon account and your Prime membership is current. Then go to to start browsing the titles currently available in Prime Reading.

When you find a book, comic or magazine that looks tempting, simply click “Read for Free,” and the item will be available for download. Or click “Read and Listen for Free” for the titles that have Audible companions.

FAQ’s About Prime Reading:

How can I access Prime Reading? You can use a Kindle E-reader or Fire tablet, or download the Kindle app for use on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

What kind of choices are available? Options abound. The frequently updated selection includes recent and popular fiction and nonfiction titles, literary classics, children’s books, comic books, magazines and Kindle Singles.

What if I download a book and change my mind — or if I finish a book and want to select a new one? No problem. You can continue choosing new books and magazines until you have downloaded 10 titles. If you want more titles, you will be prompted to return one title to download a new choice.

What about when I need hands-free reading? Dozens of Prime Reading books are available with Audible Narration — so you can listen while you are busy cooking, gardening or commuting. With Whispersync technology, you can pick up right where you left off, switching seamlessly between reading and listening.

What is First Reads? This is another Prime benefit that gives members a sneak peek at certain books before they are released to the general public.

First Reads allows Prime members to download one free book each month from a selection of six editors’ picks. New titles are announced at the start of each month and publicized in the weekly Prime newsletter.

I always download a book at the first of the month with First Reads.

If you love to read, you might check out these options available to Prime members. Not buying books is a great savings for me.

I’m not being compensated for writing this. It is just my true opinion.

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  1. Oh yay! I love my Kindle Paperwhite. I used to carry a book around with me everywhere and this is so much more convenient plus if I’m somewhere where I shouldn’t be reading, I have the Kindle app on my phone. Our OKC metro library also does e-book lending which we can send to our Kindles. I bet Tulsa county does too! If you haven’t already tried, you should check it out. I use that a lot for books I know I don’t want to “buy”. Sending thoughts and prayers your way for a smooth, pain-free and easy move!

  2. Brenda, when someone says something unkind to you it just makes me mad! I’d just like to give that rude person a piece of my mind and ask her what in the world she’s thinking. If she needs someone to entertain her she should try TV comedy! I’ve never found anything you’ve said to be depressing. You just share your life with us and everyone has days that just don’t go the way we’d hoped.
    Now that I have that off my chest I’d like to comment on your post from yesterday that I didn’t read until this morning. I have an older Kindle Paperwhite that I’m having trouble with, so I’ve started using my laptop to download books. It’s totally handsfree and you can download the app right from the Amazon store when you’re choosing a book. I just use my touchpad to move the curser if I need to bookmark and turn the pages with the forward button. Also, with the bigger screen you don’t have to turn pages as often. Of course, it’s not something I can put in my purse but I also have the app on my phone if I’m out somewhere in wait mode. So many ways we can use this wonderful free offering of Amazon Prime. And as we talked about I’m going to discontinue Kindle Unlimited as soon as I read the books I’ve already saved.

  3. Brenda, this is so helpful! After many years, I decided to get another Kindle. I, too, ordered the Paperwhite with ads, but have yet to see one! I wasn’t aware of Prime Reading, so thank you for writing about it.

    1. I don’t know. I glanced through the documentation but didn’t find it. I’m sure someone else will know here. I’ve never used earphones.

    2. My Kindle is a fairly new one (a year or so old) and yes, it can support earphones – with a lightning cord or through bluetooth. It’s in settings where you find the Bluetooth section.

  4. My Kindle fits my minimalist lifestyle so well and its lightweight and portable so it comes along to appointments so I have something to do.

  5. I also have the Paper white but I don’t have ads. I didn’t even know there was one with ads. My dd just sent me the link of the one she had and I ordered it. I believe I had mentioned the paper white when you last mentioned you were looking at a new reader. Don’t know if that sent you on you mission or not. Glad you like it.

    1. When I bought it, which I believe I ordered it the day after Thanksgiving on that big sale they have. Black Friday or something. I went back and forth, but finally went with the ones with ads because it was quite a bit more to get the one with no ads.

  6. I didn’t know Prime had this free reading! I will definitely check it out. I find it harder to hold my Kindle than to hold a book, as I almost always have paperbacks. My left hand goes numb no matter how I hold it. My older Kindle has a little stand which I use to set it on the table and read it that way, but can’t lay in bed and hold it to read. I think my Kindle is 8th gen. but will go see if it works to download some free books! Marilyn

  7. Thank you for mentioning your new kindle. My current one is a 2012 model (5th gen.) and is slow to download and to sync, so I used your link and ordered the 11th gen. model.

  8. Glad you have discovered this Brenda.
    As a former librarian I NEVER will lose my love of holding a book, libraries, and bookstores, but for so many reasons this just makes sense.
    Enjoy. As you use it I think you will find it offers you so much more than books.
    I read, watch TV shows, and use it as a computer.
    I also love that you buy yourself a Christmas present – I have always done that too.
    Take good care – I enjoy reading your post on my Kindle😊

  9. I love my Kindle. The ease of reading (no eye strain) and having a variety of books with me at all times is important. I use Libby to borrow from the library and I take advantage of the free ebooks. I do buy books that I’d like to have on a more permanent basis. It’s the best investment I’ve made for myself.

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