5 accessories that will help you get the most out of your Kindle

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The Kindle has arguably done more for digital reading that any other device, period.

Its e-ink display is easy on the eyes, isn't as reflective in direct sunlight, and it has weeks-long battery life. Of course it achieves that by only being a digital reading device, but who cares, it's so far ahead of its competition it's easy to overlook its shortcomings.

These accessories will address some of the places where the Kindle lags a bit, like having a slower recharge time, and not being able to read in the dark. Those issues were addressed in different versions of the Kindle hardware, but if you're happy with what you've got, there's no real reason to upgrade. Instead, fix those problems with one of these products and keep reading.

A case


You've got a device you like, so why not protect it? There are a lot of Kindle cases on the market, but I'm recommending this one from MoKu because it's inexpensive, thin, light, and smart. The intelligence comes in because the cover part of this case wakes your screen up when it's opened, and puts it to sleep when it's closed. This case covers both the front and back of the Kindle, so if you accidentally drop it, you should be in OK shape.
MoKo Case for Kindle 8th Generation,$14.95, available at Amazon

A protection plan


Speaking of dropping, nobody likes to admit it, but we all have clumsy moments. I remember dropping my iPod in the ocean and being without music for weeks because of it. It was at that moment that I decided "you know what, I need to buy gadget insurance more often." Since that incident, protection plans like this have saved me hundreds of dollars, and sometimes the damage wasn't my fault!
This plan from SquareTrade lets you send your broken Kindle to them and get a replacement device within two days. This covers you whether you drop your Kindle on the concrete or in the pool. When it comes to our gadgets, it's better to be safe than sorry.
SquareTrade 2-Year Protection Plan, Plus Accident Protection, for Kindle, $14.99, available at Amazon

A reading light


If you're a devoted Kindle user, but love to read at night, you've got to decide whether it's worth it to keep your bedside lamp on to finish up that chapter. Or you can solve this problem by buying a small clip-on light for your Kindle. I switched over to audiobooks a couple of years ago, but if I was a devout Kindle user, I'd probably have picked one of these up.
iKross Black Dual LED Clip-On Reading Light, $10.09, available at Amazon

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