Difference between Kindle and Kindle Fire

Key difference: Kindle and Kindle Fire are both produced and marketed by Amazon. Kindle was first launched on November 19, 2007. On the other hand, Kindle Fire was released on November 15, 2011.

Kindle and Kindle Fire are e-book readers, designed and marketed by Amazon. In both the e-readers, the difference is between touch and many other features. Let us understand both the e-readers in the following context.

Kindle has published different ranges of e-book readers for different readers. Models range from a basic reader to touch screen, and illuminated models for reading under the covers. Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite 3G, and Kindle Keyboard are e-readers, which feature the electronic paper technology. The electronic paper, also called e-paper looks like traditional paper and has several advantages, such as better readability, less glare, etc. Whereas, Kindle Fire Tablet, Kindle Fire HD Tablet, Kindle Fire HD 8.9” Tablet, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G Tablet are tablets, which feature LED screens.

Kindle Fire is basically a LCD tablet computer, which was released on the date November 15, 2011. It follows the similar brand name of Amazon Kindle, but the features are totally different from the basic Kindle e-book reader. Kindle Fire is well-advanced; it is great for images, video and shorter reading sessions.

Kindle Fire has thinner borders around the screen, and looks less chunky and old-fashioned. It has 8GB of storage capacity, but you get around 5.5GB for your own stuff like apps, books, music, movies and photos. According to estimates by Forrester Research, Kindle Fire is the second-best-selling tablet after Apple’s iPad, with about 7 million units sold.

Comparison between Kindle and Kindle Fire:



Kindle Fire





November 19, 2007

November 15, 2011


6.5 x 4.5 x 0.34 inches (HWD)

7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 inches (HWD)


290 g

413 g

Books Storage

2GB (1,400 books)

8GB (6,400)

Supports audio

Kindle does not support audio.

Kindle Fire supports audio.


Battery lasts for 1 month

Battery sustains up to 8 hours of consecutive reading and up to 7.5 hours of video playback with wireless off.

Screen Size

6 inches

7 inches

Touch Screen

Touch Screen is not available.

Touch Screen is available.

Image Courtesy: digitaltrends.com

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