Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eBook Reader Review

Product Review

Kindle Paperwhite

It's pretty obvious that Amazon is betting heavily on ebooks and has created a great line of ebook readers that it continually makes better. Yes, Amazon has ventured successfully into the tablet arena to give some competition to the Apple boys, but it's the ebook readers that are the base and mainstay of the Kindle family.

The new Kindle Paperwhite is distraction free, lasts for weeks on a single battery charge and it makes reading a delight. Along with a much brighter display Amazon has greatly improved how fast the Paperwhite loads books and turns pages, making the previous version seem sluggish in comparison.

The new Kindle ebook reader has an improved screen contrast which make it more like reading a real book. Whites are whiter and blacks are blacker, creating sharp, clear text. Edge lighting has been tweaked as well so there is no blooming along the page bottom, just a brighter screen all around.

The Paperwhite processor is 25% faster than the previous model which makes books open and pages turn faster. You can skim page-by-page, scan a chapter or skip to the end of the book - without losing your place.

But the real beauty of a Paperwhite eReader is that it goes beyond the book. You can access definitions, characters, settings without leaving your page or losing your place, and you can adjust the text size to suit yourself.

Display: 6-inch, with Carta e-paper technology and built-in light, 212 ppi, optimized font technology with 16 shades of grey
Size: 6.7" x 4.6" x 0.36"
Weight: 7.3 oz
Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to eight weeks
On Device Storage: 2 GB internal, Holds up to 1,100 books
Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Formats supported: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), (AZW), TXT, PDF, MOBI, HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Wireless connectivity: Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots)
Warranty: 1-year limited warranty and service

The performance is faster all around over the previous model. The Paperwhite interface is very smooth and the new bright, even edge lighting makes reading a pleasure. Goodreads integration has been added to the cloud-based collections along with parental controls. For my money, Amazon's Kindle ebook reader remains number one, and the Amazon store and cloud storage provides the best overall ebook ecosystem there is.

Now for the downside - There's no expansion slot for adding more memory nor is there a headphone jack. Although the original Kindle supported audiobooks, the Paperwhite does not, and one of my biggest gripes is that it doesn't support ePub.

Amazon re-ignites the ebook reading frenzy with an ereader with more speed, polish and lighting. I have found nothing closer to reading an actual book than the Kindle Paperwhite. Add to that the nifty new reading features and this sets the bar high for competitors.

If you want to rid yourself of having to log on to Wi-Fi networks in order to connect online, then consider the 3G option. Yes, it's closer in price to some of the color tablets, but if it's the best reading experience for your buck that you're interested in and not online activities, the Paperwhite 3G is for you...

So would I recommend the Kindle Paperwhite? I think I just did! The Paperwhite delivers an enjoyable experience for anyone who reads, especially those who are voracious readers, love gadgets and like to travel light.

If you love to read as much as I do you really can't go wrong with the Kindle Paperwhite. With the combination of features this device offers, I don't believe you'll be disappointed!

Click here for the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite web page.

To your success,
Diane Thomas

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