Amazon’s new Kindle eReader

The new Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon’s most refined eReader yet.

Amazon’s new Kindle eReader

Amazon brought out the Kindle Paperwhite in September last year as its most refined eReader yet. While other Kindle eReaders, such as the Kindle Fire series, are designed to let you perform multiple tasks, the Paperwhite series has been made with only one task in mind: reading ebooks.

The new Kindle Paperwhite, due to be released at the end of September, is an even more refined version of the old Paperwhite (yes, they share the same name, so be wary of which version you are purchasing). The Paperwhite has built-in LED lighting, which makes reading the Paperwhite very legible under any lighting conditions. It also uses improved E Ink technology, which gives 25 per cent better contrast. The new Paperwhite has also tried to do away with the unsightly ‘flash’ which happens when you turn the page on other Amazon eReaders. With the Paperwhite the flash only happens occasionally, perhaps once per chapter.

It also has an improved battery life – Amazon claims that it will last for eight weeks if you read with the backlight on for half an hour every day.  It comes in both a wifi and a 3G version. If you are thinking about purchasing an eReader for yourself or as a gift (Christmas is just around the corner, after all), then the Paperwhite is a good option if you want a dedicated device for reading books on the go.

The wifi version retails for $139 -  you can find out more or preorder your eReader on the Amazon website now. 





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    Thai Traveller
    17th Sep 2013
    12:46pm
    I can thoroughly recommend the Kindle paper white. As I'm overseas, I don't need to worry about where I'll get my next book, and even well-used paperbacks can be a terrible price.

    The weight factor is another consideration, as the Kindle weighs next to nothing. The paper-white is great on a plane or reading in bed when the lights are off, as it has its own lighting.
    rallygreg
    17th Sep 2013
    6:58pm
    I updated from my old Kindle to the Paperwhite about six months ago and it works very well. I find the backlight a huge advantage as I can read in bed without upsetting my partner with the bedside lamp.

    I also find the touch screen very easy to use, although occasionally I do find myself tapping the screen and going two or three pages ahead instead of one - swiping the screen alleviates this problem.

    The Paperwhite refreshes much quicker than the old version. By default it does not erase the screen before showing a new page and some people may find this annoying as you can see faint remnants of the previous screen. You can set it to erase the screen before showing a new page but I don't find it necessary and I'm pretty sure that this will drain the battery quicker.

    Forget the advertised 8 weeks battery life if you are an avid reader. I read on average for 90 minutes a day and I need to recharge it about once a fortnight and that is with WiFi turned off. I'm not complaining as this is about what I got with the old Kindle and it didn't have the light built in.
    Dand
    17th Sep 2013
    7:26pm
    I will never buy a kindle while it is restricted to Amazon's books, and I will never buy from Amazon while it restricts how I can read the book I buy.
    Cheers,
    Dan
    rallygreg
    18th Sep 2013
    6:29pm
    Amazon doesn't restrict how you can read the book, they have a free app that allows you to read their books on Apple, Android and Windows devices - you do not need a Kindle device to read Kindle e-books. I've read Amazon digital books on my iPad and I bought them from Amazon because of price and range, although Apple's own iBook store is pretty good as well and I have bought from them also.

    You are correct in that the Kindle has limited format support, but it does support PDF (and I have several free PDF books on mine), txt and unprotected Mobi.

    I failed to mention above in my review of the Paperwhite that it does not have sound (which some of the other Kindles have) and therefore you cannot use the text to speech capabilities of many of the books which is very useful for those of us with bad sight.
    Thai Traveller
    17th Sep 2013
    9:00pm
    No, it's not restricted to Amazon books. For a start, if you buy the Amazon in Australia, it comes with an enormous number of books on disk. In addition to this, download "CALIBRE" or it might be CALIBER and you'll find a lot more available at no cost, plus magazines, journals, newspapers.
    Wader
    18th Sep 2013
    12:51am
    I've had Paperwhite since last November and love it for all the reasons rallygreg has already mentioned. Only one complaint..I seem to have lost the wifi "experimental browser" which worked perfectly at first for email etc. I may have mucked it up myself, but don't know how or how to fix it. Can still receive books, and yes, most of mine are free and from various sources not just Amazon. If you just want a good reader without audio or colour options, Paperwhite is excellent.
    rallygreg
    18th Sep 2013
    6:35pm
    Wader, unless you have the 3G version of the Paperwhite then the WiFi must be working to download the books. Has the browser option disappeared completely or it's there but just doesn't work?
    Wader
    18th Sep 2013
    9:04pm
    Hello rallygreg, When I press"experimental browser" the little clock/disc thingy in the L-hand upper corner ticks around and "Books on Google Play" comes up next to it. Then a screen of book covers, which in turn disappears and a message comes up saying "Application Error The selected application could not be started. Please try again".
    I'm not sure where the Google Play came from nor how to get rid of it if it shouldn't be there. The wifi sign is on the R-hand side and looks good, so I agree with you that it must be working. Any suggestions appreciated.
    rallygreg
    18th Sep 2013
    9:52pm
    Hi Wader, I'm pretty sure that the problem is with the page it is trying load and that is crashing the browser. I found this fix on the web and hopefully it will work for you: Go to Settings and put it in Airplane Mode. Then go to the Home page, select the menu icon, and select "Experimental Browser." It won't do anything because the WiFi is off. Press the menu button (the three bars in the upper right-hand corner) and select "Clear History." Then go back and turn off Airplane Mode. It will reconnect to WiFi. It should work after that.
    Wader
    19th Sep 2013
    2:12am
    Thanks rallygreg.
    I'm having trouble completing the sequence. After turning on aeroplane mode and selecting experimental browser, I then get the message.."unable to establish a wireless connection. Do you want to turn aeroplane mode off?...cancel/ok"
    Selecting "cancel" gets.. "problem loading the page..tap back button..."

    If I go back to the home page and select menu, "History" doesn't seem to have a "clear" option and I can't see the Google Play listed. However if I try the browser again, up it pops as before.
    rallygreg
    19th Sep 2013
    3:57pm
    Hi wader, I missed a step :-(

    After you get "problem loading page" go to the three bars at the top right ( don't press the back key), then click on browser settings and then click clear history.
    Wader
    19th Sep 2013
    7:57pm
    Brilliant, rallygreg. Thank you for your patience and help.


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