The Best Kindle Books and Accessories You Can Buy This Summer
It’s summer, the season to carve out some free time to kick back, relax, and read a book. But instead of lugging a bunch of hardcovers around with you, it’s time to embrace the e-reader. Amazon’s Kindle has emerged as the clear winner of the e-book wars, so the only question is which model to get.
Here’s our up-to-date guide to the Kindle, with suggestions about which accessories are worth the investment, and what new books every modern man should read.
Kindle Paperwhite (2015)
First off, you’ll need a Kindle. You have two worthy choices here: the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Voyage. The Voyage is the high-end model, but it costs $200. The brand-new version of the Kindle Paperwhite costs a reasonable $120 and has most of the same features as the Voyage.
The 2015 Paperwhite’s screen has a high enough resolution that you won’t notice the pixels. The matte screen and backlight make reading easy on the eyes whether you’re sitting in direct sunlight or a completely dark room. And the best part? It can go over month on a single charge. Buy yours here.
Kindles look great naked, but like any portable device, they’re bound to get scratched, dropped, and banged around. In other words, it’s smart to use a case. This leather one fits the Kindle Paperwhite like a glove. It’s light, it’s thin, it protects your Kindle, and it comes in just about any color you’d want. It even has a magnetic clasp to make sure the cover doesn’t come open while it’s in a briefcase or bag. Find yours here.
If you have kids (or just butterfingers) it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra protection for your Kindle. We recommend the OtterBox Defender Case. OtterBox has been making best-in-class cases for mobile devices for years, so they know their stuff.
This case comes with three layers of protection to absorb as much of the impact as possible when you drop your Kindle (or your kid throws it across the room at his brother). It offers access to all of the ports and buttons on the Paperwhite, and it even comes with a stand that lets you prop it up for hands-free reading. Buy one here.
Atlas Waterproof Case
It’s no secret that some people — OK, lots of people — bring their Kindles into the bath tub, pool, or jacuzzi with them. But since water and high tech devices don’t mix, it’s a good idea to protect your e-reader with a waterproof case.
Atlas has you covered with this unobtrusive case that keeps the microchips dry. It’s been tested in six feet of water for 30 minutes, so it can easily withstand a drop into the tub. And even if the case fails for some reason, it comes with a year-long warranty against water damage caused by defects. Buy this case with confidence.
Now that we have the hardware side covered, let’s take a look at some recent books that should be on everyone’s reading list. All three feature fast-moving stories that are impossible to put down, which makes them ideal summer reads.
The Cartel by Don Winslow
If you’re in the mood for a firecracker of a crime thriller, look no further than Don Winslow’s The Cartel. This sprawling, ambitious novel is fiction, but it’s based on real events to illustrate the human costs of the war on drugs. It’s been compared favorably to The Godfather, which should give you a hint about how impressive it is. Buy it here.
The Martian by Andy Weir
You don’t have to wait until the movie version of The Martian hits theaters in October to soak up this endlessly entertaining tale of man vs. nature. When Mark Watney is left for dead during a mission to Mars, he finds himself relying on his ingenuity and muscle to stay alive while NASA works on an exit plan. The pages fly by in this book as Watney faces impossible odds while the rest of humanity cheers him on from 140 million miles away. Buy it here.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This stunning historical novel spans the lives of two people whose childhoods are blown off course by World War II. Marie Laure is a blind French girl who has to flee her home in Paris when the fighting breaks out. Werner is a German orphan who ends up fighting for the Nazis. The chapters are short, the prose is crackling, and the characters leap off the page. Don’t miss this one. Add it to your collection here.