Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader Review – Lighter and Faster

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kindlepaperwhiteThis year’s edition of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eReader is better than ever before. Amazon made several improvements over the previous version, which was widely regarded in the industry as the best eReader ever designed. By improving the speed of your user interface during such activities as page turns, as well as improving other performances and features, Amazon has created what many industry analysts are calling the best dedicated eReader in the form of the 2013 Kindle Paperwhite eReader.

The Kindle PaperWhite can be purchased for immediate shipment starting at just $119.

As a holiday gift idea, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite joined Amazon Kindle Fire devices to set Kindle records this holiday season. Amazon would not release sales numbers, but they stated that the Paperwhite eReader and Kindle Fire tablets helped them achieve best-ever four day sales numbers in the history of the company over the time frame from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. Pricing starts at around $119 for the 2013 Kindle Paperwhite eReader, which carries on the tradition of delivering arguably the best eReading experience available today.

Software and hardware upgrades are present throughout the device, such as a newer and updated Kindle logo, and a higher contrast screen. Made extremely light, the Paperwhite is very easy and comfortable to hold in one hand for extended periods of time, and while you may want to buy an accompanying Amazon leather folio/case, the new construction and material used to build this eReader makes it a very durable standalone purchase. The lighting has been improved and is more consistent across the entire display, and a much faster processor has been added.

Also, Kindle Paperwhite designers made this year’s display more touch receptive, so your overall experience is faster. Amazon has included its popular X-Ray feature, which allows you to access tons of extra information when you long-press on the name of a character, place or event anywhere while you are reading. An onboard dictionary is also included, and this year’s edition of the Kindle Paperwhite includes a Vocabulary Builder application. You can turn this wonderful learning feature off or on, and it automatically creates flashcards for any words you look up. It also allows you to mark those words once you have mastered them, and is a great teaching tool as well.

The popular Goodreads application allows you to share notes and thoughts on your reading, as well as book quotes and selections, with other like-minded readers around the world, putting you in touch with the world’s largest social reading network. Amazon has included access to thousands of free books, and in a design move directed straight at its main competitor, Amazon has created this year’s Kindle Paperwhite 30% lighter than the iPad Mini. The device measures just 0.36 inches (9.1 mm) in thickness, delivering a 6.0 inch Paperwhite display with special Carta e-paper technology and next-gen built-in light. Amazon also offers free cloud storage for all Amazon content. The Kindle PaperWhite can be purchased online for immediate shipment starting at just $119.

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