Just when you thought e-readers couldn’t get any more advanced, Amazon go and launch their latest product, the Kindle Paperwhite and it is set to knock the competition right out of the water. Touted as their most advanced e-reader, it comes with a higher resolution, higher contrast touchscreen and features a built-in light with an impressive 8-week battery life. But what else is new and does it warrant the £109 price tag? Well, the Kindle Paperwhite has patented technology that allows a built-in light to evenly illuminate the screen, thus providing the perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions. With an unsurpassed resolution that offers 62% more pixels, you get exceptionally sharp, clear text and images. The Kindle Paperwhite’s screen now has 25% higher contrast, allowing crisp, dark text against a brilliant white background, which all goes into making the perfect read.
Paperwhite has created an innovative built-in light that guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays, thereby reducing screen fatigue. You can adjust your screen’s brightness to create a perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions, from bright sunlight to bedtime reading.
It also has a matte screen that reflects light like ordinary paper so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room with no glare. And it is perfect for reading in bed, as the patented built-in light illuminates the screen, not the entire room, so you won’t disturb your partner when you can’t put your book down at night. Paperwhite also allows you to adjust the screen light to whatever settings you prefer, so you can change the display from low light to full brightness – so you can read comfortably in any setting.
And the Paperwhite requires very little power to evenly illuminate the entire screen, thanks to the patented technology which enables fine-grain control over where the light is diffused. As Kindle Paperwhite uses low-power LEDs, you’ll find that a single charge lasts up to eight weeks, based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. The breakthrough power management technology allows you to leave the light on at all times for the best possible contrast without sacrificing battery life. It also has new hand-tuned fonts – 6 font styles with 8 adjustable sizes, holds up to 1,100 books and the built-in Wi-Fi lets you download books in under 60 seconds.
Paperwhite allows you to add your own notes to the text just like writing in the margins of a book. You can edit, delete, and export your notes, even highlight and clip key passages which you can then share on Facebook and Twitter directly from Kindle Paperwhite without leaving the page. you can also see the passages that are frequently highlighted by other Kindle readers to discover interesting and meaningful passages in your books.
Paperwhite matches the pages of a Kindle book to the text in a print book to identify the corresponding “real” page number. this allows you to easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class. Lighter than a paperback, you can comfortably hold Kindle Paperwhite in either hand for long reading sessions without fatigue or discomfort. And the EasyReach tap zones on Kindle Paperwhite’s responsive touchscreen let you tap lightly to turn pages. No need to swipe or use two hands for fast, seamless page turns.
For more information on the Kindle Paperwhite, visit Amazon.
The Wi Fi Kindle Paperwhite costs £109 and the 3G Kindle Paperwhite costs £169.