Kindle Paperwhite (11th Gen) Vs. Signature edition – Review

Confused? Whether to have your hands on Kindle Paperwhite or the signature edition?

In this post, I did a detailed comparison of both editions to help you make a decision faster.

Let’s Dive into it…

Kindle Paperwhite Standard Vs Signature Edition

As shown in the table, Both editions have four differences. Let’s break down them one by one.

Kindle Paperwhite
  • Storage: 8 GB or 16 GB
  • Auto-adjusting light: No
  • Wireless charging: No
  • Ads: Choice
Signautre Edition
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Auto-adjusting light: Yes
  • Wireless charging: Yes
  • Ads: No

Note: I’ll be using the word standard edition to address normal Kindle paperwhite


Kindle Paperwhite standard edition comes with 8GB of storage which is enough for carrying 500+ books on it.

This might not be enough for some people, who want to store a lot of audiobooks or manga on their Kindle.

For them, the Signature edition could be the best choice due to its 32 GB storage.

But, If you’re a reader like me who loves to have his device clean and organized, 8GB will be enough. Generally, I carry 20-30 books on my kindle which takes less than 100 MB of storage.

Wireless Charging

Kindle’s battery lasts for weeks, you can charge your device within 25-30 minutes. In a normal use case, You’re not going to charge your kindle more than once or twice a month.

Keeping this scenario in mind, wireless charging doesn’t make a big difference to the deal.

Wireless charging is not as fast as the USB-C cable. For me, It’s a very useless feature.

Additionally, You can’t charge your kindle with a normal wireless charger due to its gigantic size. You need to buy an seprate charger designed for kindle.

Honestly, You shouldn’t care about this particular feature at all.

If you do, You can refer to this video for detailed information about this…

Eminent Light Sensor

This feature attract a lot of people to go for the signature edition.

It can be a handy feature on cloudy days or a place with a crappy light where you’ve to keep on adjusting the brightness.

But If you’re reading in one place, this doesn’t make much of a difference.

When I got my standard edition kindle, I thought I missed out on this feature. Now i realised that, It doesn’t make much of a difference in my reading experience.

At last, If you keep on shifting your reading location then having the signature edition will make sense for you.


If you’re living in a country where you have got the choice to buy Kindle with ads or no ads, this section applies to you.

The signature edition doesn’t come up with any kind of advertisements at all. Whereas you have a choice with standard edition: With Ads or Without Ads

Where you’ve to pay about $20 extra to remove advertisements.

If you’re thinking of a standard edition with no ads but also want some extra features like more storage, light sensor, or whatever.

I’ll recommend going with Signature Edition because you’ll only have to put 20-30 bucks for those extra functionalities…

Although, Reddit users claimed that they got rid of ads for absolutely free (just by asking amazon support politely)

Many had paid the fee as well. Today depends on your customer service officer…

Which Kindle is right for you?

I think added features are “nice to have” but they’re not essential. If you want a Kindle for reading and don’t mind the ads, go for the standard edition.

If you want a Kindle with no ads and a few added features, go for the Kindle Signature edition.

Hope this post helped you make a decision!

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I'm Shehraj Singh, I started the to help people learn more about eReader specifically Amazon Kindle, and help them fix any issues they may have.

I have a lot of experience with Kindle, and I want to share my knowledge with you so that you can make the most out of your device.

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