Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite features sharper screen, easy-to-read font

Adam Westlake - Jun 17, 2015, 9:34 am CDT
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Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite features sharper screen, easy-to-read font

Amazon has just outed the latest version of its mid-range Kindle model, the Paperwhite, and it now has the single-best feature from the pricier Kindle Voyage model, while keeping its $119 price tag. The new Paperwhite has a 300 pixels-per-inch e-paper display, making text twice as sharp as the previous generation, and offering a reading experience that’s much easier on the eyes. The new e-reader is available to order now, but Amazon says shipping will begin on June 30th.

While the Kindle Paperwhite now has a much better touchscreen to read your favorite books on, little else about the device’s hardware has changed — and that’s a good thing. The Paperwhite still weighs 7.3 ounces, has a nearly glare-free display, and maintains a battery life that can last for weeks, even with double the pixels of the last model.

Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite features sharper screen, easy-to-read font

Also making its debut on the Paperwhite is “Bookerly,” Amazon’s own font that it designed specifically for reading on e-ink displays. Along with a backlit screen, the new Kindle has a “typesetting engine” that improves layouts for better visibility, especially with larger font sizes.

$119 is the starting price for the Paperwhite, meaning it will be ad-supported. Purchasing without the “special offers” raises the price to $139, and adding the 3G option to the default WiFi brings it to $209.

SOURCE Amazon


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