The Kindle Paperwhite, in the words of its creators is the ‘most advanced e-Reader ever constructed’ and it’s touching down in the UK today.
Already available in the US, the Kindle Paperwhite is slimmer than previous Kindle’s and includes an improve screen with 62 per cent more pixels and 25 per cent higher contrast so text is sharper, blacks are deeper and whites are purer.
A welcome inclusion for night owls is the front-lit display, which guides light underneath an anti-glare layer, down to the display and away from the eyes to help avoid eye strain, even over prolonged periods.
The Kindle Paperwhite has an 8-week battery life and two versions are available: WiFi only and WiFi+3G, providing free 3G for downloading ebooks in 80 countries as well as access to a basic browser and email. Books can be downloaded to the Kindle within 60 seconds, which is pretty handy if you’re about to step down onto the Underground for example.
Time to Read is a new feature, informing the reader of the amount of time it will take to finish a chapter or book, based on reading speed. We’re not sure how helpful this feature will be though – it’s not as if the Kindle is a full of library books you need to return.
What specifications does the Kindle Paperwhite have?
Screen: 6-inches 211ppi
Storage: 1100 books
Battery: 8 weeks
Dimensions: 9.1mm deep/213g
Other features: Six font styles, eight styles
Where does the Kindle Paperwhite sit in Amazon’s range?
At the top of the Kindle range is the Kindle Fire HD, followed by the Kindle Fire, then there’s the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle. Interestingly the Kindle Touch isn’t available any more – despite only launching in March this year.
How much does the Kindle Paperwhite cost?
The Kindle Paperwhite (WiFi) costs £109 and the Kindle Paper White WiFi+3G costs £169.
When does the Kindle Paperwhite launch?
The Kindle Paperwhite arrives in stores and online today and alongside being able to pick it up from Amazon directly, an array of alternative high street and online retailers have entered into the fray to offer it as well. The likes of Tesco, John Lewis, Currys, PC World, Carphone Warehouse, Rymans, Staples, Comet and Waterstones are all offering both the new Paperwhite and Fire HD Kindles.