How many books can a Kindle Paperwhite carry?

One of the questions that you are likely to ask yourself after receiving your Kindle Paperwhite, or any other e-ink reader for that matter, is how many books am I going to be able to carry on the device. Most people are worried that they are not going to have enough space to store all their favorite books. You may also wish to know the number of books that can be stored on a Kindle as part of your research while deciding which device to buy.

The Kindle Paperwhite 2019 edition, as an example, comes with either 8GB or 32GB storage. Meanwhile, the earlier, Kindle Paperwhite 2018 had an option for 4GB in storage. So, the question is, should I buy an e-ink reader that has the highest storage capacity? And, how many gigabytes are enough when it comes to e ink readers?

Number of books that can be carried by a Kindle Paperwhite

So, how many books can the Kindle Paperwhite carry? Well, the answer is, it’s going to depend storage capacity on your device. But in general, the following should hold true for the Paperwhite and all the other e-ink readers that are out there;

  • The average size for an ebooks is 2.6MB. That’s not very much. An average MP3 song, by comparison, is 3.5MB big. 
  • What this means is that you are going to be able to store about 384 books on 1 Gigabyte of storage on an e ink reader.
  • Let’s assume that you have the 4GB version of the Kindle Paperwhite 2018. Let’s also assume that 1GB on the device is reserved for the Operation System. That leaves you with 3GB of available storage. So, the total number of books that you can carry on a Kindle Paperwhite (2018 version) is 1153 books.
  • The 2019 version of the Kindle Paperwhite begins from 8GB storage capacity. So, you are going to be able to store 2688 books, with 1GB being reserved for the OS.

How many books does a person read per year?

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The average person reads about 40 books per year. What this means is the Kindle Paperwhite has way too much storage capacity. Indeed, you will be hard pressed to fill up even the 4GB Kindle. I know, most people think the higher the number the better, but in this case, buying a 32GB e-ink reader would just be a waste of money. You don’t need that much storage. The 384 books that the 4GB model is capable of carrying can last you more than 9 years!

That’s it! Hope I have answered the question; “how many books can a Kindle Paperwhite carry.” To be frank the number is going to different depending on the genre that you are into. Novels, as an example, do not require that much storage. I was just checking on my device, and most of the files on there are around 623kb in size. That means I will be able to store up to 5000 books on there. So, I can assure you, you will never run out of storage on an e-ink reader.

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