One of the Amazon Kindle features that’s come and gone is physical page turn buttons or haptic turners in the bezel. The original keyboard Kindles had physical buttons, but they’ve gradually vanished until only the Kindle Oasis has them (among the currently sold models).
One of the experiments for people who prefer not to swipe into the reading area was the Kindle Voyage which had a flat turn control that gave physical feedback — rather like an Apple Watch still does. That particular model was apparently not at a good price point for its features, particularly when they upgraded the screen on the Paperwhite. I still have a Voyage, but its haptic controls, a flush bezel, and automatically changing light levels no longer are sufficient distinctions to justify its higher price.
That has changed. As the article indicates, there are terrific sales going on now at Woot! where Amazon often sells the last of products it intends to discontinue. Grab one fast — if they’re even still available.
The Kindle Voyage was officially discontinued last year, but Amazon often turns to Woot to sell their remaining stock. There is some very big deals happening right now for brand new Voyages ($125), Open Box ($114) and refurbished units ($89). If you are looking for an extra e-reader to use or have never owned one before, it is worth it to capitalize on these savings.
The Kindle Voyage used to be the flagship e-reader when it was originally released in 2014, until the Kindle Oasis supplanted it. The Amazon Kindle Voyage features a six inch e-ink Carta display with a resolution of 1430 x 1080 and was one of the first e-readers with a 300 PPI screen. Underneath the hood of the Voyage is a 1 GHZ single core processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Battery life should last around a month, and if you don’t use it much, standby should easily last you six months.
The Voyage has many innovative features that made it very distinctive. The page turn buttons had haptic feedback and it had an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusted the luminosity of the front-lit display. It does not have Bluetooth and is one of the few modern Kindles that cannot play audiobooks, but if you don’t care about that sort of thing, the Voyage deserves a second look, since Woot is offering some killer deals.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.