Amazon ETextbook Vs. Kindle

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The Amazon e-textbook and the Kindle are two electronic devices that aim to help avid readers of ebooks have a pleasant reading experience. 

Amazon textbooks(electronic textbooks) offer the same content, just like regular college textbooks, but they come in digital form. 

Kindle, on the other hand, is a device that delivers electronic content to e-book lovers, specifically text. This article will help you understand Amazon etextbook vs. Kindle books and other vital factors. 

Amazon E-Textbook(Electronic Textbook)

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E-textbook have been available recently as they are excellent alternatives to print/ paper books. With an e-textbook, students can search for a topic, copy & paste any text into their coursework, enjoy a lighter backpack, and much more.

E-textbooks are for use on a desktop or laptop; they cost half the price of a print book. Some students need college textbooks just as they need teachers; with the rising textbook cost and other study options, students now have enough reasons to skip or delay purchasing print books altogether.

With an e-textbook, students can purchase access rights for a book and conveniently read its content on their computers, e-readers, and smartphones. 

The Amazon e-textbook is efficiently designed with an integrated digital forum that allows students and learners to take quizzes and read on their devices.

The Amazon e-textbook comes with various interactive features many traditional textbooks lack; the features include notes, text highlighting, and text-to-speech functions. All of this provides students with great learning opportunities. 

Furthermore, since students have free Wi-Fi around their campuses, downloading an e-textbook for offline use would be irrelevant.

Features Of The Amazon E-textbook

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The Amazon e-textbook has several unique features that are study friendly and allow students to take their entire library everywhere. Let’s check out the various features;

1. Flashcards.

It is handy when you just finished a textbook chapter and can’t remember what you read. Flashcards allow students to quickly review all the definitions, terms, and concepts in a chapter of an e-textbook with an easy-to-use interface.

2. Whispersync Technology.

With this technology, you can synchronize the last page read and use annotations & bookmarks across all your devices to pick up where you left off.

3. X-Ray.

You can get anything you need with a tap. It includes related pages, definitions, and relevant content from Wikipedia or YouTube. 

4. Digital Notes.

Notebook for Amazon e-textbooks displays all your saved images, notes, multicolored highlights, and bookmarks in one place. With this feature, you can filter & mark important topics so they can be arranged when it’s time for exams. 

In summary, digital notes are like a digital scrapbook for all your studies. This digital note is also available on Amazon Fire HD tablets, Android tablets, and iPads.

5. Swift Navigation.

With the swipe of your finger, you can easily navigate through chapters and pages of your etextbook to find any section you may have missed. 

Benefit Of The Amazon E-textbook 

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1. E-Textbook Can Be Easily Purchased.

While schools stock the right amount of college textbooks for students, they may find getting some textbooks rather challenging; this happens mostly in populated classes. 

The Amazon etextbook does not have this problem. Students can easily buy any digital textbook anytime. 

2. More Affordable.

Generally, an e-textbook is more affordable than any regular college textbook. Research shows digital books cost 40 to 50% less than physical textbooks. 

Also, you can view most of the text with a standard e-reader like Kindle, smartphone, laptop, and Pcs. 

For example, the “Operating System Concepts” textbook costs $115 in the Amazon store, but the e-textbook version costs approximately $41.

3. Convenient Access.

Amazon e-textbook can be easily accessed without students lugging around with heavy backpacks full of printed text or searching for the correct section to place their textbooks in a library.

Various digital textbooks, like Amazon e-textbooks, offer built-in dictionaries, copy-and-paste features, easy search functions, and multi-color highlighting options.

All of the above mentioned makes it easy and convenient to use the Amazon e-textbook.

4. Availability.

Amazon, the provider of virtually anything money can buy, has many e-textbooks. You can purchase these e-textbooks through the Amazon website; once it gets delivered, you can download them to any of your devices with the Kindle app.

It is available on Chromebook, Mac, Android, Windows Phone, PC, Kindle, and iOS devices. 

5. Online Course Integration. 

Amazon e-textbook offer learning activities and course curricula in conjunction with the text via an online portal. Furthermore, instructors/ teachers can view every student’s progress and set deadlines for students making it easy to integrate all the resources into their existing course.

6. Environmentally Friendly.

Amazon e-textbook cut down on the massive amount of paper that would have been used for physical textbooks. 

Drawbacks Of Amazon E-textbook. 

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1. More Distractions.

Physical College textbook strictly features contents that are relevant to a subject. Still, e-textbooks reside in electronic devices that can easily access games, the internet, social media,  and numerous distractions.

Additionally, though e-textbooks provide extra interactive materials, students may retain information better from physical textbooks. 

2. Physical Limitations.

To use the Amazon e-textbook in college, your devices must be fully functional and available. Depending on the publisher and the book, students may print a limited number of pages, but students need their e-readers, phones, or laptops to get the materials; this requires an internet connection and a power outlet. 

3. Low Resale Value.

Most College textbooks come with a considerable upfront price, but students can recoup a few costs by reselling used books to other students or bookstores.

Amazon e-textbooks make that challenging as copyright laws prohibit the sale of digital copies.


Amazon Kindle is an e-reader designed by Amazon. With the Amazon Kindle, you can browse, download, and read ebooks & e-textbooks, and magazines via wireless networking to the Kindle store. 

The Kindle is a small handheld device for reading e books, i.e., electronic books; just as you download an MP3 player with music, you similarly download ebooks through wireless technology that goes straight to your Kindle device. 

Kindle Line-up

If you are an e-book lover and want to give your library an impressive tech upgrade, the Kindle is an obvious choice. Kindles are great companions for individuals who like to commute by public transport or travel frequently. But how do you know which Amazon Kindle is best for you- let’s find out;

1.  Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.

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This Kindle is for e-readers who want more whistles and bells. The Kindle Paperwhite was revamped in 2021 and now comes with a more prominent display which means more words on a page.

It is waterproof and comes in 8GB & 16GB versions; it features a 17LED system that can adjust the light from blue-white to yellow for comfortable reading in dark areas. It also has a flush front.

2. Basic Kindle.

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  • The lightest and most compact Kindle, now with a 300 ppi high-resolution display for sharp text and images.
  • Read comfortably with a glare-free, paper-like display. The adjustable front light and dark mode make reading effortless, day and night.
  • Get lost in your story. Tune out messages, emails, and social media with a distraction-free device specifically made for reading.

This Amazon Kindle is for readers on a budget. It is Amazon’s base e-reader model that now has the same resolutions as the other Kindle models.

It has an adjustable front light, 16GB storage, and dark mode. The basic Kindle is light, thin, and affordable. Remember to keep it far from showers, tubs, or oceans because it is not waterproof. 

3. Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.

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  • Get more with Signature Edition – Everything in the Kindle Paperwhite, plus wireless charging, auto-adjusting front light, and 32 GB storage.
  • Purpose-built for reading – With a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight.
  • More reading time – A single charge via USB-C or compatible Qi wireless charger (sold separately) now lasts up to 10 weeks.
  • Adjustable screen – Now with adjustable warm light and auto-adjusting front light for a personalized reading experience, day or night.

If you need more storage, then this Kindle model is for you. This Kindle offers 32GB of storage, auto-adjusting lights, and wireless charging. It has a faster page turn rate and is perfect for listening to audiobooks.

The typical Paperwhite has USB C charging, while the Signature supports wireless charging. 

4. Kindle Oasis.

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  • Our best 7″, 300 ppi flush-front Paperwhite display.
  • Adjustable warm light to shift screen shade from white to amber.
  • Waterproof (IPX8) so you can read in the bath or by the pool. Your Kindle has been tested to withstand accidental immersion in water.
  • Thin and light ergonomic design with page turn buttons.
  • Reads like real paper with the latest e-ink technology for fast page turns.

This model has a sleek aluminum design with physical buttons on one end and a ridge to turn the pages. The Oasis offers the most comfortable reading experience possible; it has six weeks of battery life, adjustable warm lighting, a faster processor, and is water-resistant.

The Kindle Oasis is available in Champagne gold or graphite. 

5. Amazon Kindle Scribe.

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  • THE ONLY KINDLE WITH A DIGITAL NOTEBOOK AND PEN – Read and write down thoughts in books or a separate notebook, distraction free. Selected one of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2023.
  • EXPLORE KINDLE NOTEBOOKS – A digital notebook you can write on. Journal, sketch, take notes, and more.
  • CONVERT HANDWRITTEN NOTES TO TEXT – View or share your notes with contacts and browse notes on the go through the Kindle app.

This Kindle is for Notetakers. Thanks to its included pen, you can now write on your Kindle; its outcome looks similar to your handwriting.

It has an enormous 10.2″ screen which is excellent for doodling, marking PDFs, and taking notes. It comes with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage options.

Its latest update offers additional brush types, subfolders, excellent page navigation, and a convert-to-text in export tool. It comes with an E-ink display technology and is much more affordable. One of its drawbacks is that it is not waterproof. 

Features Of Amazon Kindle

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1. Open Dyslexic Font.

The open-dyslexic font is an open-source font specifically made for individuals with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disability affecting an individual’s ability to understand numbers, symbols, and letters.

To use this feature, open an ebook on your Kindle, tap the Aa icon, then under the font option, click on font family; there, you will see the Opendyslexic font alongside other fonts.

The letters in the Opendyslexic font enhance the readability of content for readers with dyslexia. 

2. Dark Mode.

Amazon Kindle uses an e-ink technology display that causes little or no strain on your eyes. You can invert the colors on your Kindle to enable dark mode; this will create a better reading experience with little stimulation, which is suitable for individuals with sensory-related disabilities.

To activate dark mode on your Kindle, go to settings>accessibility>invert black & white. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

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1. Is The E-textbook From Amazon A Cool Tool?

Yes, it is. Students do not have to go through college carrying heavy textbooks; they can now take their entire library on their mobile devices. 

Whether they have an iPad, Amazon Fire Tablet, or laptop, student digital notes & e-textbooks, and highlights can be read across all their mobile devices. 

Students can start reading on their tablets and finish it later on their laptops with the availability of whisper sync technology.

2. How Much Can I Save Using Amazon’s E-textbooks? 

Amazon offers e-textbook rentals. With Kindle textbook rentals, students can save up to 80% off textbook prices.  For example, “Molecular Biology” by David P. Clark retails on Amazon for $104 .31. 

Used copies of this textbook begin at $40; the Kindle edition sells for $39.99, while the rental prices for $18.36.

To rent the book from August to the end of the year costs $34.08, which is still cheaper than purchasing the textbook version. 

Final Thoughts.

Amazon’s e-textbook and Kindle are excellent devices that will aid you in having a splendid reading experience. As mentioned earlier, you can purchase an extensive collection of e-textbook on Amazon’s main website.

Hopefully, this article has enlightened you on all you need to know about Amazon e-textbook and Kindle.

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