Out with the old! Amazon trade-ins and upgrades for your tablets and ereaders

It’s that time of the year when Amazon offers some of its best prices on new Kindle e-readers and Fire Tablets. The just released all new Kindle Paperwhite makes this season’s sales look especially appealing.

Amazon’s Trade-in program makes it easy to make a few dollars and save money on an upgrade your device at the same time.All you have to do is select the model of your device, answer a few questions about condition, and you’re given an estimate of the trade-in value to accept or reject. They even give you a label and pick up the shipping costs to send it back to Amazon. When Amazon receives your item, it is checked for condition and the value of the trade-in is applied to your account as a  gift card.

The program does accept certain items that no longer work, hold a charge, or that have cracked screens. While the payout is very small for these items, an upgrade discount is generally included. Also, Amazon does pay for the shipping and it does get broken device out of the house. Amazon does the recycling and you score one for decluttering!

Trade in your e-ink Kindle

While the first Kindle ereader was introduced in 2007, Amazon has released a new model or an upgrade every year since 2009. Many of the older models are either still around. You can now trade in your old e-ink ereader for Amazon credit and possibly get a hefty discount off the purchase of a new one. Currently, Amazon is accepting trade-ins on models ranging from the first generation Kindle up to the last year’s model of the Kindle Oasis. There is a section on the page to help you figure out your model if you are not sure what it is.

Trade in your Fire tablet

Amazon seems to bring out new tablets with even more frequency than it does its e-ink readers. Because tablets have hardware limitations which can make updates difficult or even impossible as they age, all tablets have a certain built in obsolescence (and people ask the “how much is my Fire tablet worth?” question a lot). That makes the idea of trade-ins for Fire tablets even more welcome. Only certain tablet models are eligible for trade in, and many of the older models like the first generation Kindle Fire are not currently listed on the page.

Want to trade-in another brand of tablet? Amazon also accepts trade-ins of Apple iPads and Samsung tablets.

Trade-in other electronics:

Amazon’s trade-in program is not just for e-readers and tablets any more. They also accept trade-ins of Echo devices and other Bluetooth speakers including Bose, Sonos and Jawbone Bluetooth speakers

You can also trade in Roku, Apple TV, or Chromecast streaming media players. Interestingly, Amazon is not accepting trade-ins of its own Fire TV devices at this time.

Amazon also has other trade-In categories, including textbooks, cell phonesvideo games, systems and controllers.

One of the things that Amazon does to make it easier to trade in items you no longer need is located on the main Trade-in page. Amazon shows you a list of items you have purchased that are currently eligible for trade in. Trade-In eligible items also have a yellow Trade-In button on the product pages.

A few things to note:

Amounts for items in trade-in offers does change and sometimes certain device models are not eligible for trade-in. Check the trade-in page for the most up to date trade in values and discount offers.

It is important to realize that you are not going to get the maximum value for your items through Amazon’s trade-in program. Depending on the item and its condition, you may be better off selling it through eBay, Craigslist or other online trade-in programs. What Amazon does offer is a quick, easy way to get rid of items that is ideal for someone planning on updating to a new Amazon product. Payment is a gift card or credit to your Amazon account and many trade-ins also include a generous upgrade discount.

I have personally used the program to trade in several devices and everything went very smoothly. (At this point, I have run out of friends and family to give devices to….)

But to be on the safe side, here’s a pro tip for online trade-in on any site: Make a note of the model and serial numbers of the device you are trading in. Take pictures to document the device’s condition. Don’t send boxes and other accessory items unless these are requested as part of the trade-in.

The bottom line: If getting the most bucks for your item is your priority, the Amazon trade-in programs is not your best choice. However, if  you are looking to upgrade or your device is DOA or doesn’t have a lot of value of the secondary market, an Amazon trade-in can be a win.

Amazon introduces new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader

Amazon has made a new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader available for pre-order. The device will be released on November 7, 2018.


Here are the features of the new device:

  • The new device is thinner and lighter than the previous generation of Paperwhite. And, yes, that means a new size cover. According to the specs for the new cover, it will not fit any of the previous Paperwhites.
  • The new Paperwhite has more LEDs so it is brighter than the previous generation.
  • The screen is now flush with the bezel of the e-reader.
  • It’s waterproof:  IPX8 rated to protect against accidental immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.
  • It’s got more storage: The basic version comes with 8 GB (twice the previous model). Or, you can choose 32 GB to hold more content. (This is a must if you are going to use the content for comics and audiobooks.)
  • Audible compatibility. Amazon had added Bluetooth so you can pair with headphones or speakers. The device is now Whispersync For Voice compatible, so you can not only sync across devices, but can switch back and forth between the ebook and Audible versions of a book.

The new Kindle Paperwhite also includes the ability to invert black and white text, allowing for nighttime reading with white text on a black background. That is one of my favorite features from the Kindle Oasis and it is exciting to see it available on the Paperwhite.


Currently, Amazon has three covers available for the new device:

I will be on the look out for 3rd-party covers for this new model and will do a post as soon as new covers are available.


  • Kindle Unlimited – Amazon is offering 6 months of Kindle Unlimited free with the purchase of a new Paperwhite. The Kindle Unlimited a subscription service that offers unlimited reading of books, magazines and audiobooks. Offer is only available after purchase and terms and conditions apply.
  • Trade in – Take advantage of Amazon’s trade in program and trade in your existing Kindle before you buy a new one. Besides a gift card for your old Kindle, you will get 25% off the purchase price of your new one. (And, yes, some Fire Tablets are eligible for trade in, too!)

The new Kindle Paperwhite prices start at $129.99 (only $10 more than the previous model). It is available in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G LTE models. Complete specs are here.

So, what do you think? Are these new features worth an upgrade to you?

There’s a New Kindle Trade-in Offer

trade-in_2Back in January, I posted news on an Amazon Trade-in promotion that allowed you to trade in older Kindles in both working and non-working condition. That program is coming to an end on March 31st. As I mentioned in that post, I was thinking about trading in several of my older Kindles. Of course, given work, tax prep and a lot of Kindle updates, I never got around to actually completing the process.

Interestingly, now that we have gone through all that work of updating our old Kindles, Amazon is offering us another shot at trading-in and getting a coupon good towards an upgrade. Trade-in values range from $5 to $50, depending on the model Kindle. You can trade in any model of e-ink Kindle, working or not, from the first-generation K1 to the 6th generation Paperwhite.

The process is pretty straightforward: You pick your Kindle model, check the box that describes the condition, and then accept the offer. You then print a pre-paid label and send the device to Amazon with seven days. Amazon checks the Kindle and, once the condition is verified, credits you account with a gift card in the amount of the agreed on value and your bonus coupon. Unacceptable device will be returned to you at no extra charge. There are a few terms and conditions that you can read here.

If you need help identifying your model, this post that I wrote may help. If all else fails, Kindle Customer service can help you determine your Kindle model.

This trade-in offer is good through the end of the year; you have until December 31, 2016 to complete the transaction. The $20 bonus coupon can be used towards the purchase of a new Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle for Kids bundle.  The coupon must be used by February 28, 2017.

After having to update all those devices that I don’t really use, I had already decided that I was definitely going to have to get rid of some of these old e-readers. No excuses this time! This new offer means I don’t need to drop everything and get it done before the 31st. 🙂 Now, if Amazon would just make me an offer on my original NOOK First Edition or my Onyx BOOX Afterglow 2….

Did anyone take advantage of the last trade-in offer? How did the process work for you? Please leave a comment, we’d love to hear about it!

Daily Links and Deals: Bookstores, libraries offer ‘blind dates’ to match readers with romantic novels

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, February 4, 2016:

Bookstores, libraries offer ‘blind dates’ to match readers with romantic novels (Chicago Tribune) – Would you try a book, sight unseen, based on only a few words?

66% of Aussie downloaders also pay for Netflix like services (Torrent Freak) – Yes, maybe it is an issue of the poor availability of content.

Google seemingly kicking standalone ad-blockers from the Play Store (9 to 5 Google) – Turns out, this actually a unique situation and not a statement against ad blockers in general.

Google experiments with e-books designed for your phone (Engadget) – Oh, look! More “evolving” ebooks.

Freeloaders, beware: The Wall Street Journal isn’t letting you read for free in Instapaper now, either (Digiday) – The WSJ is getting really serious about its paywall.

Deals of the Day:

On Amazon UK there is a Romance Sale with ebooks from 99p.

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Cat’s Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut for $1.99.

As one of Today’s Deals, Amazon has a Lenovo ThinkPad 11E 11.6″ Ultraportable Business Notebook, Intel N2940 Quad-Core, 128GB Solid State Drive, 4GB DDR3, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, Win10Pro via Woot for $199.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know: Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life by Cindi Leive, The Editors of Glamour  for $1.99.  The Romance Daily Find is Bearing It All: A Highlander’s Beloved Novel by Vonnie Davis for 99 cents.

Have an old Nook you want to replace? B & N is offering $50 towards a new Samsung Nook when you trade-in your old device. Offer is good until March 5, 2016 and terms and conditions apply. You can find more details here.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela (with a foreward by Barack Obama) for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes What Do Women Want? by Daniel Bergner for $1.99.

Google is featuring a selection of Red Hot Romance Deals as well as a Get Ready for Deadpool sale, featuring up to 78% off Deadpool comics.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

What’s Your Old Kindle Worth? (Updated)

Kindle trade in

Amazon has a promotion going on encouraging you to trade in your old Kindle. It sounds pretty simple. You answer a few questions about your Kindle’s condition to get a trade in quote. Then, print the label and send it in. Amazon will verify the condition and apply a gift card to your account.  You also receive a $20 discount good towards the purchase of a new Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle for Kids bundle.

You can trade in any of the following e-ink Kindles:

  • 1st Generation Kindle
  • Kindle 2nd Gen Free 3G
  • Kindle 2nd Gen U.S. Wireless
  • Kindle 5th Gen (black) Wi-Fi
  • Kindle 4th Gen (graphite) Wi-Fi
  • Kindle Touch Wi-Fi
  • Kindle Touch Wi-Fi + 3G
  • Kindle DX (white) 3G
  • Kindle DX (white) U.S. Wireless
  • Kindle DX (graphite) 3G
  • Kindle Keyboard (white) Wi-Fi + 3G
  • Kindle Keyboard (graphite) Wi-Fi
  • Kindle Keyboard (graphite) Wi-Fi + 3G
  • Kindle Paperwhite 6th Gen Wi-Fi
  • Kindle Paperwhite 6th Gen Wi-Fi + 3G
  • Kindle Paperwhite 5th Gen Wi-Fi
  • Kindle Paperwhite 5th Gen Wi-Fi + 3G

Have a broken one? No worries. Even non-working Kindles are eligible for trade-in.

There are limitations, terms and conditions to the offer which expires on March 31, 2015*. You can find out more info here.

I have several working 1st generation Kindles I need to decide what to do with. This might be worth checking into as an option, although the last time I checked the trade in values, they weren’t offering a lot. I think it would be a no-brainer for a non-working device or one whose battery doesn’t hold a charge anymore. It is a great incentive to recycle or upgrade a device.

Are you interested in trading in your old Kindle towards a new one?

*Updated to add that I think this may be a misprint as the promotion just appeared, but I am  checking with Amazon to verify.

*Update 2: I spoke to Kindle customer service and they assured me that this offer is indeed still valid. The CS rep I spoke to also thought that this was a typo (it is the first day of 2016) and that would be she would be initiating a support request for someone to check the web page copy. 

*Update 3: The first date was a typo. This offer ends on March 31, 2016.

Daily Links: Letting Your Kids Play in Social Media

daily linksDigital Life:

Letting Your Kids Play in the Social Media Sandbox (New York Times)

Trade-In Values Have Tanked for Older eReaders (The Ebook Reader)

Used eBook Marketplace Tom Kabinet Launches eBookstore (Ink, Bits, & Pixels [formerly The Digital Reader])

Trans-Pacific Partnership still pushing to screw your rights in secret (Teleread)

Tablet Magazine puts a price on comments to eliminate online trolls (The Passive Voice)

New Dr Seuss Books Coming in July (Ink, Bits and Pixels)

How Google determined our right to be forgotten (The Guardian)

Apps and Software:

BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore (Android Central)

Kindlebox Automatically Sends Books from Dropbox to Your Kindle (Lifehacker via Teleread)

Google has officially launched a Google Play Music app for iPad (Tab Times)

IFTTT launches 3 new apps to create an easy button for the web (Gigaom)

Broadband and Telephone News:

UK parliament calls for Internet to be classified as a public utility (Ars Technica)

US carriers still stink at unlocking phones, analysis finds (Ars Technica)

Gaming and Streaming:

​Sling TV to add Epix video-on-demand channels (Cnet)

Tips, Tricks and How-to:

Log out Everywhere except your current Browser on your WordPress Blog (Social Positives)

How to connect iPad to your TV (Tab Times)

Finds and Deals:

Today’s Kindle Daily Deals titles include Romance, Science Fiction, Literature and Young adult. There are also 50 Romance and Mystery titles in the 50 Kindle Books for $2 deal. Ed McBain’s Cop Hater (87th Precinct Mysteries Book 1),  is one of the titles for $2. 🙂

The Nook Find of the Day is Vicktor E.  Frankl’s  spiritual classic, Man’s Search for Meaning for $2.99.

The Kobo Daily Deal is Smokin’ Hot by Lynn LaFleur for $2.99.

Amazon music store is featuring $5 Digital Music Deals, including Night Visions by Imagine Dragons.

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.