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New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reader confirmed

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Amazon has announced a new version of its popular Kindle Paperwhite ereader device, which will be released on October 9 in the UK.

The newest version of the company's flagship Kindle reader brings new display technology, promising higher contrast and better reflectivity to ensure whiter whites and blacker blacks.

The processor within the device, which is Amazon's 6th generation Kindle, is also 25 per cent faster, while new capacitive touchscreen technology ensures the device will be more responsive than ever before. There's also a new built-in light that guides light towards the surface of the reader without causing eyestrain.

In terms of new features, the second-gen Paperwhite also integrates the Goodreads social network, a 20-million strong army of book reviewers. Amazon purchased the company in March this year for an undisclosed fee.

There's also a new Kindle Page Flip functionality which allows users to skim read the book without losing their page, while Kindle Free Time which helps parents encourage kids to read by rewarding them with badges for progress made and books finished.

The new Paperwhite, which can be pre-ordered from today from £109, also features a Vocabulary Builder, which compiles the words you look up in the dictionary into an easy to access list. Finally, Kindle Matchbook also allows users to buy Kindle versions of pre-purchased books (past, present or future) on the cheap.

The device's major selling point was its 'reads like paper' white screen which replaced the dull e-ink. It offers 8 weeks of battery life on a single charge and built-in built-in Wi-Fi and free 3G.

The original Paperwhite was a huge hit and although this year's update isn't exactly a blockbuster, it's enough to make the best ereader on the market even better.

Matthew Bunton

September 3, 2013, 10:58 pm

Won't the white enhancement increase eye strain?

I have read using a normal Kindle and it is very comfortable to read for long periods of time whereas reading on the Ipad with its better contrasts and whites results in eye strain quite quickly.

I'm not convinced about the 'guiding light' technology.

Pg

September 4, 2013, 1:23 pm

I'm assuming is an evolution of the display on the (original?) paperwhite, rather than a back light screen ala an ipad - at least I hope so. It would make sense considering the battery claims.

To be honest, in a decision between eye strain vs 'white' screen I know which will win for me and a lot of other kindle users.

As far as the colour of the screen goes, I only noticed the colour of the screen when I first got the device, but as soon as you start reading it fades into the background. At this stage (6 months), I don't notice the colour of the screen of my paperwhite, to the extent that it takes me some time to notice when I previously turned the brightness to it's lowest setting. Great device.

Matthew Bunton

September 4, 2013, 2:26 pm

Thanks for your reply PG yes you are most probably right about it relating to the paper white Kindle.

I know what you mean about the white background and agreed most would prefer it compared to the original Kindle. Its good that you haven't encountered eye strain but that may well be due to your lower and sensible setting.

I always keep a close eye on the Kindle and E-reader tech as my father in law is an avid book reader. He reads 2 to 3 books per week on average so I like to keep him up to date.

Anyway always good to hear another users view,.

dpanch_89

September 5, 2013, 8:16 am

I own a kindle paperwhite, and find it a MUCH more comfortable reading experience than a traditional e-reader or an lcd screen. I've not suffered any eyestrain at all, even whilst reading at night (as long as you have it dim when in dark environments, and fully lit in bright environments). The contrasty screens from LCD cause eyestrain due to being backlit on iPads etc, whereas these new illuminated e-readers use a different technology to light the screen, greatly reducing/eliminating eyestrain. Hope this helps! I definitely recommend purchasing one.

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