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Kindle Paperwhite alternatives

Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Paperwhite's screen has 25% higher contrast. Crisp, dark text against a brilliant white background makes for the perfect read. Paperwhite guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays, thereby reducing screen fatigue. You can adjust your screen's brightness to create a perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions, from bright sunlight to bedtime reading.

Kindle Paperwhite alternatives are: Kindle Ereader, NOOK Simple Touch, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard


11.05.16 Amazon released Kindle Paperwhite USB Audio Bundle


Amazon unveiled a new USB audio bundle that allows Kindle e-Readers to give audio prompts when clicking on menus and text to speech functionality for listening to e-books. VoiceView for Kindle, which uses Amazon’s natural language text-to-speech voices also lets visually impaired customers read Kindle books. The USB audio dongle connects to headphones or speakers, which then allows the ability to listen to and navigate the user interface, in addition to listening to books.  The only e-reader the new adapter is compatible with is the latest generation Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon says they are looking to make it available on other units in the future, such as the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis.



2015 New $119 Kindle Paperwhite will be easy on your eyes


Amazon has announced a new $119 Kindle Paperwhite e-reader with a 6-inch 300ppi display and a new font and book layout system that will make it easier to dig into The Martian during summer vacation. The reader will ship on June 30 and is available for pre-order now. The reader is essentially the same as the previous Paperwhite – a bright, almost white glare-free screen inside a nearly featureless slab of black plastic – but this model has “twice as many pixels” as the previous version and will display “laser quality text.” Font nerds will rejoice because Amazon has created a new typeface, Bookerly, that they claim is easier to read. They will also add a new “typesetting engine” that will improve book layout even at larger font sizes.



2014 Kindle Update for e-readers lets enables sharing books with your family


Amazon brings new update to Kindle e-readers, so that the new e-reading features of the Kindle Voyage were available for older Kindles. The new features include Family Library (which gives people with Amazon accounts linked to family members the ability to read books a family member has previously downloaded), Word Wise (a feature that makes definitions for difficult words automatically pop up above them), Enhanced search (which now pulls results not only from your library, but also Goodreads and the Kindle Store) and  About This Book (which provides information like author bios and other titles in the series as you start to read). The update will be supported by Paperwhite 2nd generation, Kindle Voyage and the most recent low-end Kindles.



2014 Kindle Paperwhite gets twice more internal storage


Amazon quietly updated Kindle Paperwhite 2nd generation hardware. The latest model is identical to the version released last year, except with doubled internal storage. The international product page for the Wi-Fi Kindle Paperwhite started sporting a banner earlier this summer pointing to a “current version” product page. Kindle fans on the MobileRead forums have confirmed the new page is for a 4GB Paperwhite, which was previously only available in Japan. Amazon states that this isn’t a new product — it’s the old Paperwhite, but with more storage.



2014 Amazon adds Goodreads integration to Kindle Paperwhite 1


Amazon is pushing out the software update for first-gen Kindle Paperwhite that bring Goodreads integration and other new functions to the e-reader. The currently available Paperwhite, a second-generation model, already has Goodreads support, gaining it last November. The update also includes Kindle FreeTime, which curates books for children and lets parents block time for them to read, Cloud Collections for organization and Page Flip for scanning content without losing your place. The Bookmarks, Highlights and Notes feature can now be accessed more quickly. The update will roll out over the next few weeks to devices in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

See also: Why you need Kindle collection manager



2013 Kindle Paperwhite will nudge kids to read more


After the software update for the Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon announced an upgrade for the Kindle Paperwhite e-Ink e-readers. The most ineteresting enhancement is the goal-oriented feature to nudge kids to read more. Parents now can encourage their children to read more by setting daily and long-term reading goals on the Kindle Paperwhite. Progress reports are available for parents and kids get satisfaction by earning achievement awards based on goal and reading progress. Besides, as well as the Fire-tablet, Kindle Paperwhite gets Goodreads integration.  You can see what titles your Goodreads friends are reading now and set a Goodreads rating after finishing a book. You can even share passages to Goodreads directly from a book. And all your Amazon book purchases, either print or digital, can now be imported to a Goodreads account.

Another new feature in the new version is Cloud Collections, which include the ability for users to organize books, magazines and newspapers in groups that sync between devices over Amazon's Whispersync technology

See also: Why you need Kindle collection manager



2013 Amazon announced new faster Kindle Paperwhite


The second-generation Kindle Paperwhite will cost the same as the older version — starting at $119 for a Wi-Fi version with ads — and offers a higher-contrast display, a better light and a faster processor. It also includes some software improvements that could eventually be rolled out to older Kindles: Kindle PageFlip (lets readers skim through a book without losing their place), Vocabulary Builder (lets users quiz themselves on the words they had to look up while reading), Smart Lookup (integrates a full dictionary definition with other reference information about a word, character, topic or book via X-Ray and Wikipedia). The new Kindle Paperwhite starts shipping on September 30.

See also: Why you need Kindle collection manager



2012 Kindle e-Readers sales make no profit to Amazon


During his interview to BBC Amazon chief executive manager Jeff Bezos said that the company sells the Kindle e-readers and tablets at their production cost and doesn't earn anything on their sales. "We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy them" - he said. That's a much different business model, than Apple, which has built up a huge cash pile through the profit margins on its mobile products. Recall, the price of the latest model Kindle Paperwhite starts from $119 for the Wi-Fi version, and Kindle 5 - costs $69. To be fair, we note that Amazon earns not only on selling books and media content via Kindle, but also on advertising, which is shown during the Kindle sleep mode.

See also: Why you need Kindle collection manager



2012 Amazon unveils Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle 5



The e-reader arms race never stops these days. Today Amazon has unveiled two new e-ink e-readers - cheap Kindle 5 and "frontlit" Kindle Paperwhite. Of course, the second model is going to compete with the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight and Kobo Glo. All these e-readers allow to read books in the dark, but it seems, Paperwhite surpasses the competitors. The screen looks almost perfectly white while the Nook still has a tinge of grey. And Amazon has also improved the battery life, claiming eight weeks of use even with the light on (compared to the Nook’s month). Kindle Paperwhite has a touch screen - actually it replaces Kindle Touch in Amazon's e-reader family.

Kindle Paperwhite does not have audio or Text-to-Speech. This makes the device smaller and lighter than it would otherwise be. It has 2 GB of storage. Some previous Kindle models had 4GB of storage.

The Paperwhite costs $179 for Wi-Fi/3G and $119 for Wi-Fi only. It costs $20 extra to remove special offers from the lock screens, though I doubt you’ll notice. Recall, Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight (with Wi-Fi) costs $139

Regarding the second model Kindle 5 - it's the next generation of the basic Kindle e-reader. It has nothing new compared to Kindle 4 (except the colour change from grey to black) but costs $10 cheaper - just $69 (with Special Offers).

See also: Why you need Kindle collection manager



Kindle Paperwhite reviews
Scott | 30.10.12 | #
The reading experience on the Paperwhite is excellent. The Paperwhite is much more enjoyable to use than the Kindle Touch or the Kindle Keyboard, thanks mostly to the display (more on that below). The Home button from the Touch has been removed, and you now navigate to the menus by touching the top of the screen. Like the Touch, there are no physical page turn buttons. If you want to advance the page, you either swipe, or press the middle/right hand side of the screen (most of the display area is set up to advance the page). To go back a page, you press anywhere on the left 20% of the screen. To access the menu, you press the top 10% of the screen. Contrast for the display can quickly and easily be adjusted with two taps, so it can be brightened or darkened without a lot of menu navigation. There are still eight font sizes like previous generations had, but instead of just three typefaces, you now have six (Baskerville, Caecilia, Caecilia Condensed, Publisher Font, Futura, Helvetica, and Palatino). Publisher Font lets you use the book publisher's embedded font. None of the books I have tried out yet have this option, but I can see how it can provide them with a lot more flexibility. The additional fonts, along with the ability to adjust line spacing and margins, make it much easier to read books that a publisher formats poorly to begin with (as anyone who struggled with the early edition of 'Game of Thrones' can attest to).
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Top 10 e-Readers


1Kindle Oasis
2Kindle Paperwhite
3Nook GlowLight
4Kobo Glo
5Kindle Ereader