Kindle Paperwhite eReader Gets Faster, Lighter

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kindlepaperwhiteThe new Kindle Paperwhite eReader is faster and lighter than the previous model, the interface has become a smoother, and cloud-based collections are supported along with the popular reading application Goodreads. The device is offered beginning around $179 and delivers free 3G wireless connectivity. There are no monthly contracts or fees, and you do not have to track down Wi-Fi hotspots. The glare-free screen on the new Kindle Paperwhite improves readability in direct sunlight, and the new patented front-lit design allows you to read comfortably for hours.

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

The Kindle Paperwhite also carries a battery charge indefinitely, providing a full eight weeks of reading after a full charge. This new Kindle Paperwhite carries the same dimensions as last year’s version, but is actually 2/10 of an ounce lighter. The same soft-touch rubberized coating from last year’s model is back, which minimizes drops and makes for comfortable handling. The screen is Amazon’s patented 6 inch Paperwhite display with built-in light, 212 ppi pixel density, and optimized, selectable font technology with a 16-level gray scale.

Designed to read it just like a hardback or paperback book, the upgraded edge lighting is more even across the entire display, and is brighter this time around as well. Touch response has also been improved by 19%, which speeds up page turns and other operations. A bundled microUSB cable provides charging, which takes about four hours. Kindle Page Flip allows you to scan through books using an easy to negotiate slider near the bottom of the page, and when you tap on a word, Dictionary, Wikipedia and X-Ray tabs pop-up.

X-Ray allows you see all relative passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures and places or topics of interest. The new Kindle Paperwhite eReader can even be used to build your vocabulary, as it tracks and compiles a list of the words you’ve looked up in the past. You can then use this feature to test you on the words and meanings in a flash card style interface. Amazon also provides more than 180,000 free e-books in its online store.

Text sizes and fonts are adjustable, and you can add notes in the margins of any books you read, then edit, delete and export those notes, and highlight important passages. Instantly share meaningful quotes and other information via Facebook and Twitter, on a form factor that is lighter and thinner than a paperback. Amazon automatically backs up your Kindle library in its cloud so you never have to worry about losing your books. The Kindle Paperwhite comes integrated with the New Oxford American Dictionary, boasting over 250,000 entries and definitions. The Kindle PaperWhite can be purchased online for immediate shipment starting at just $119.

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