How many books can you store on a single Kindle?

by Lesley Sampson Freelance Writer

One of the main reasons to invest in a Kindle is of course the sheer amount of reading material that it is possible to store. Over the last year or so there has been an explosion in the number of title that are available in e-book form and it is no surprise that more people have come around to the idea of picking up a digital device rather than a paperback or a hardback book.

One of the reasons that people often quote when asked about why they made the purchase is because of the space saved when it comes to taking books on holiday. Airlines these days have become much tighter on passengers sticking to their baggage weight limit, while some are now charging people far more for a ticket if they want to take a case on holiday with them. Having a Kindle means you can get rid of those four or five bulky books that you would have previously taken on holiday and instead just rely on a small, slim device and perhaps one of the Kindle covers instead.

The convenience of the Kindle is another major selling factor. If for example you're making a long train journey and end up finishing your book on the outward journey, with a Kindle it is no problem to connect to the internet and download another book. With a paperback you might be forced to wait until you return home if you've already purchased the next novel you want to read. 

The actual number of books that it is possible to store on a Kindle depends on a couple of things. The first is the version of Kindle that you own. There are three devices in the range at the moment:

Amazon Kindle

The fifth generation of the Amazon Kindle was released by the American company on September 6, 2012. Priced at $69, or £69 in the UK, the basic entry level Kindle weighs less than 170g and is capable of downloading a book in less than 60 seconds. This model has a storage capacity of 2 gigabytes is able to store up to 1,400 titles in its memory bank.

Kindle Paperwhite (+ 3G version)      

The next step up from the entry level model is the Kindle Paperwhite. This model is a little heavier at either 213g or 222g for the 3G version. Like the standard Kindle, the paperwhite comes with 2 gigabyte of storage space on the device itself, but only 1.25 GB of this is available for user content. As a result, the Paperwhite holds slightly fewer books than the standard Kindle - up to 1,100 titles.

It is also important to remember that the number of titles that can be stored is a guide. Every e-book will vary in size and as a result of this will take up a different amount of space on the Kindle. Another thing to take into consideration is Amazon Cloud Storage. Any books purchased through Amazon are always available in the user's Kindle Library on the internet and so there is never any need to keep 100 per cent of your e-books on the Kindle device itself.

About Lesley Sampson Freshman   Freelance Writer

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