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How many books can an Amazon Kindle hold?

Kindle Oasis 2019 long-term review
Kindle Oasis 2019 long-term review (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda/Android Central)

Best answer: The total amount of books an Amazon Kindle can hold depends on the amount of storage available, as well as the type and size of the files on the device. Most Kindle devices claim to be able to hold thousands of books. If you want the most storage available, however, you'll want to go for the Paperwhite or Oasis.

So just how many books can an Amazon Kindle hold?

Kindle Paperwhite Hero

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The short answer is that an Amazon Kindle e-reader can probably hold more books than you'll be able to read —if not in a lifetime, then certainly in a long time. The current batch of Amazon Kindle e-readers come in various configurations and features but offer a minimum of 4GB of onboard storage (2.8GB of which can be used by the customer), and a maximum of 32GB of built-in storage. That may not sound like a lot when compared to a smartphone or tablet, but since the files it holds are mostly text-based, a little goes a long way.

Even the lowest-specced Kindle device holds 4GB of content, which Amazon claims can hold "thousands of books." Amazon doesn't give more than an estimate on even the higher-equipped models like the Paperwhite and Oasis, continuing to claim that those devices can also hold thousands of books despite having double (or even octuple) the amount of storage as a regular Kindle.

The total amount of books that a Kindle e-reader can hold really depends on the number and size of the files on the device. Shorter, text-only books will take up less space than longer books with lots of images (like comics or graphic novels). All current Kindle models can also store audiobooks from Audible, and these take up significantly more space than a standard book.

Available storage per Amazon Kindle device

Kindle Paperwhite

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As we said above, Kindles are available in different configurations and at different storage amounts. Here is a quick rundown of what you can get currently from Amazon.

  • Amazon Kindle and Kindle Kids Edition (10th Gen; 2019 release): 4GB
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (10th Gen; 2018 release): 8GB or 32GB
  • Amazon Kindle Oasis (3rd Gen; 2019 release): 8GB or 32GB
  • Amazon Kindle app: Depends on the available storage on your mobile device

Amazon's Kindle e-readers can store the following types of files:

  • Kindle Format 8 (AZW3)
  • Kindle (AZW)
  • TXT
  • PDF
  • Unprotected MOBI
  • PRC
  • HTML
  • DOC
  • DOCX
  • JPEG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • PMP through conversion
  • Audible audio format (AAX)
Jeramy Johnson
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Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.