Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition Comes Bundled With Year of Kindle Unlimited & Case for $249

Fire HD 8 Readers Edition tabletAmazon offers their Fire tablet and Kindle ereaders as part of a half-dozen different bundles, including a Kindle for Kids bundle as well as a matching Fire Kids Edition.

Each of those kids' bundles costs $99, but now Amazon is going after a more affluent demographic. On Monday Amazon announced the Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition, a new variant of Amazon's 8" tablet that packs in a case and a year's subscription to Kindle Unlimited.

Launched in September 2015, the Fire HD 8 is a mid-grade tablet  which sells for $149, but now Amazon is selling it bundled with a limited edition leather cover and a year of Kindle Unlimited for $249. With the tablet costing $150, the case $30, and KU $120, the bundle saves you about fifty dollars.

The Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition ships on Wednesday, and is set to arrive on that day.

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That's a pretty nice deal, but I for one would rather get Amazon Prime in the bundle, or at least Amazon's streaming music and video services. I am just one of many people who like to read on tablets, but that's just one of the things you can do with a tablet.

This tablet also gets access to Amazon Underground, Amazon's ad-supported "free" app and game service, as well as the Blue Shade light filter that Amazon is launching in a Fire OS update in the new future and a free 30-day Audible trial.

But even so, I think this bundle would work better with a Kindle, don't you?


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

5 Comments on Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition Comes Bundled With Year of Kindle Unlimited & Case for $249

  1. Surprised they have not done it already…Paperwhite with Kindle Unlimited for 1 year 199

  2. Even better, they could offer different options. For example, bundling this with a Kindle e-reader would probably make more sense. However, some prefer tablets for e-reading and would like the Kindle Unlimited bundled (the cover is nice but a bit of a gimmick). Either way, Amazon Prime bundled with a Fire tablet would be the ideal option, so I am surprised that option hasn’t been offered.

    Personally, I don’t think Kindle Unlimited, for what it offers, is that good of a service. If there was a trade-off, I would prefer to use the same annual subscription costs and select books I actually want to read from the Kindle store but with a discount bundled.

  3. I got a 16 gb HD 8 yesterday for about $120 by using the 25% discount for using my Amazon rewards Visa. $249 seems way too high. The 8 gb version is currently on sale for $129, so this bundle only saves $30, not $50.

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