The Kindle Fire is just a little larger and heavier than the e-reader version. It would almost fit in the cover that I had for the e-reader; but not quite, so the difference is slight, but it is heavier. The Fire is probably close to the same size as an iPad mini is. The mini would probably do the same thing as the Kindle Fire. My reasons for choosing the Fire over the mini were that the Kindle was MUCH cheaper. You would never find a working ipad of any size for $50. The second reason was because I have Amazon Prime, and one of the features is what they call the Amazon Lending Library. You can borrow many of the books listed on Amazon through the lending library; but only if you have an actual Kindle, and not just the Kindle app on another brand of tablet. With the lending library, you can borrow a book for as long as it takes to read it; but only one book at a time, and only one per month. However, you can borrow and read some books that are expensive to buy. Plus, it is a good way to read the book and see if you even want to buy it.