Kindle Oasis 2019 long-term reviewSource: 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 HeroSource: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

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 PaperwhiteSource: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

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)

Our pick

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Twilight Blue

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

The one to get

If you're an avid reader, then the Kindle Paperwhite is the device to get. It's waterproof, has backlighting, multiple storage options, and comes in several fun colors.

Starter device

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle (2019)

Now with backlight

If you've ever toyed with the idea of an e-reader but aren't sure it's for you, then the entry-level Kindle is worth a look. Even at 4GB, it can hold thousands of books, and it finally comes with backlighting for low-light reading.

Premium page-turner

Kindle Oasis

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019)

For the connesour

The Oasis is Amazon's premium e-reader, and it's a beauty of a device. Ergonomic, lightweight, and waterproof, it also has the highest resolution and best backlighting of any of the Kindle models.

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