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Kindle Paperwhite e-reader: quick tour

All-New Kindle Paperwhite

Wi-Fi, Paperwhite Display, Higher Resolution, Higher Contrast, Next-Gen Light
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Unlike tablets, New Kindle Paperwhite is designed to deliver the ultimate reading experience.
  • No screen glare in bright sunlight
  • Read with one hand, lighter than most tablets
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours
  • Next-generation built-in light, read without eye strain
What's New
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"Amazon Paperwhite Is The Best Digital Reading Experience Money Can Buy" — Mashable

"Not only is it a great ebook reader, its the only one even worth considering—great hardware and Amazon's spectacular ecosystem are an untouchable combination" — The Verge

"The display is amazing" — Gizmodo

"Kindle Paperwhite will make Readers Rejoice" — Bloomberg News

No Glare in Bright Sunlight

Unlike reflective tablet and smartphone screens, the latest Kindle Paperwhite reads like paper—no annoying glare, even in bright sunlight.

Won't Tire Your Eyes in the Dark

Paperwhite guides light toward the surface of the display with its next-gen front light - unlike back-lit tablets that shine in your eyes—so you can read comfortably without eyestrain. Adjust your screen's brightness for great reading in any light.

Charge Monthly, Not Daily

Kindle Paperwhite won't leave you tethered to an outlet. A single charge can last up to eight weeks (based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at ten), unlike tablets that need to be charged each night.

Read Comfortably with One Hand

Thinner than a pencil, lighter than a paperback—and over 30% lighter than iPad mini. Comfortably hold Kindle Paperwhite in one hand for long reading sessions.

No Distractions

Kindle Paperwhite is purposely designed as a dedicated e-reader. Indulge your love of reading without interruptions like email alerts.

Whiter Screen, Darker Text

IMPROVED  Enjoy even better contrast on the latest Kindle Paperwhite. Whites are whiter and blacks are blacker, creating sharp, clear text. The high-resolution display allows for elegant typeface options, including Baskerville and Palatino, and all fonts on Kindle Paperwhite have been hand-tuned at the pixel level for maximum readability and comfort.

Fast, Easy Page Turns

IMPROVED  The new Kindle Paperwhite's processor is 25% faster. Books open and pages turn faster for a seamless experience. Kindle Paperwhite also uses the latest in capacitive touch technology, responding more accurately to the slightest touches.

Flip Through Without Losing Your Place

NEW  With Kindle Paperwhite's new Page Flip feature, you can skim through page by page, scan by chapter or skip to the end for a sneak peek without losing your place. Show me

Take and Share Notes

Add margin notes that you can edit, delete or even export from Kindle Paperwhite to your computer. Share highlighted sections and meaningful quotes on Facebook and Twitter, and see passages frequently highlighted by other Kindle readers.

Look It Up Instantly

IMPROVED  Kindle Paperwhite's Smart Lookup feature integrates a full dictionary with X-Ray and Wikipedia so you can access definitions, characters, settings and more without leaving your page or losing your place. Show me

Go Deeper with X-Ray

Exclusive on Kindle: explore the "bones" of the book. See all the passages across a book that mention relevant ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest. Simply press and hold the name to zoom in on a character's biography. Show me

Enhance Your Vocabulary

NEW  Words looked up in the dictionary are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder to expand your knowledge and reinforce retention. Swipe through your vocabulary words, quiz yourself with flashcards and instantly see those words in context. Show me

Kindle FreeTime

Encourage children to read even more with FreeTime for Kindle Paperwhite. FreeTime lets you create personalised profiles for kids and give them access to titles from your collection of books. Children are rewarded with achievement badges that keep track of their personal reading accomplishments. A progress report keeps parents updated on total time spent reading, number of words looked up, badges earned and books read. Show me

Read in the Dark

IMPROVED  Paperwhite guides light towards the surface of the display with its next generation front light  unlike back-lit tablets that shine in your eyes  so you can read comfortably without straining your eyes. Adjust your screen's brightness for great reading in any light.

Adjust Your Text Size

Design your own perfect reading experience by increasing the text size to suit you. Choose from eight text sizes to prevent tired eyes and keep you reading longer. Show me

Share with Friends on Goodreads

NEW—Find your next favorite book. Now the world's largest e-reading community can connect with the world's largest community of book lovers. Join over 20 million other readers and see what your friends are reading, share highlights, and rate the books you read with Goodreads on Kindle. Goodreads on Kindle is only available when connected to WiFi. Show me

Organise Your Books

Kindle Paperwhite holds up to 1,100 books, so you'll never have to leave your favourite titles behind. With Kindle Paperwhite you can keep your entire library at hand wherever you go.

Squeeze In That Last Chapter

Organise your digital library as easily as a physical bookshelf with Cloud Collections. As your collection grows, arrange titles into customised categories and see your collections everywhere in the Kindle ecosystem - on Kindle Paperwhite, tablets and smartphones.

Pick Up Where You Left Off

See at a glance how long it will take to finish a chapter or book. Time to Read is personalised based on your reading speed and constantly updated as your speed and habits change. With Time to Read it's never been easier to decide when to start a new chapter or finish the chapter you're reading. Show me

Never Be Without a Book

Whispersync technology synchronises your last page location, bookmarks and annotations across all your devices so you can pick up exactly where you left off reading.

Instant Translations

Shop Amazon's expansive selection, choose a title and begin reading your next book in seconds. Our fast wireless delivers books in under 60 seconds  no computer required.

Tap any word or highlight a section to translate instantly into other languages, including Spanish, Japanese and more. Translations by Bing Translator.

Low Book Prices

We check prices every day to make sure our prices are the lowest of any e-book store in India. Compare our book prices - you'll like what you find. Over one million titles at    299 or less and over 250,000 titles at    99 or less.

Exclusive Kindle Titles

Over 450,000 Kindle exclusive titles that you won't be able to find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as P. B. Kolleri, Sri Vishwanath and Phil Rickman.

Free Books in the Public Domain

More than 30,000 free books, such as Pride and Prejudice, Treasure Island and Ramayana are available.

Free Book Samples

Download and read samples for free before you decide to buy.

Massive Selection

Over two million books, including latest bestsellers, Kindle exclusives and more.

Get Personalised Recommendations

Kindle Paperwhite makes it easy to discover new titles with recommendations personalised just for you. Kindle uses the same personalised customer experience you're used to across Amazon, matching our best recommendations to your personal reading habits.

Get Books in Seconds

Shop Amazon's expansive selection, choose a title and begin reading in seconds. Our fast, free wireless delivers books fast - no computer required.

Connect Wirelessly

New titles and archived items are a simple connection away. Connect easily to your home Wi-Fi network or Wi-Fi hotspots on the road.

Encourage Their Love of Reading

Kindle is designed for reading, which means absolutely no distractions for children. With Kindle, they can look up definitions as they read to build their vocabulary and increase the font size for easier reading. They can read thousands of books for free, including classics such as Treasure Island. And they can easily take their beloved stories with them, without loading up a heavy rucksack.

Boost Their Vocabulary

NEW  Kindle Paperwhite makes it easy for young readers to add new words to their vocabulary. Words looked up on Kindle are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder, where kids can quiz themselves with flashcards to reinforce new word retention. Show me

Kindle FreeTime

NEW  Encourage children to read even more with FreeTime for Kindle Paperwhite. FreeTime lets you create personalised profiles for kids and give them access to titles from your collection of books. Children are rewarded with achievement badges that keep track of their personal reading accomplishments. A progress report keeps parents updated on total time spent reading, number of words looked up, badges earned and books read.

Read Children's Books and Comics

NEW  Kindle Paperwhite supports children's books with Kindle Text Pop-Up and comic books with Kindle Panel View, which allows you to read a comic book panel by panel.

Parental Controls

Parental Controls allow you to restrict access to the Kindle Store, Cloud and Experimental Web Browser so you can give Kindle Paperwhite to a child worry-free.

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Beautiful Design, Perfect Fit

Engineered to perfectly fit your device. The Kindle Paperwhite cover features a premium textured leather exterior and a subtle woven nylon interior to provide our lightest and thinnest form of protection. The integrated magnetic clasp ensures your cover will remain securely closed while in a backpack, handbag, or briefcase.

Auto Wake and Sleep

The cover automatically wakes your Kindle Paperwhite upon opening and puts your device to sleep when closed, making it easy to dive right back into your book.

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite is a great choice if you already have a high-speed internet connection and wireless router set up in your home. If you do not have Wi-Fi set up at home, Kindle Paperwhite 3G may be a better option  3G connectivity lets you download books anytime, anywhere.

Kindle Paperwhite 3G

Kindle Paperwhite 3G is the easiest option because there isn't any wireless set-up  you are ready to shop, purchase and read right out of the box. Built-in free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that mobile phones use, but there are no monthly fees or commitments  Amazon pays for Kindle Paperwhite 3G's wireless connectivity. The added convenience of 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection. Your Kindle may use wireless connectivity to make other services available, such as wireless delivery of personal documents, which may require an additional charge. For more information, see Wireless Terms and Conditions

With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, Kindle Paperwhite 3G lets you download books anytime, anywhere, whether you're relaxing on a beach, at the airport. Check 3G coverage map.

Enjoy Kindle Books on All Your Devices

Enjoy your purchased content in any way you choose. Kindle books can be read on Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, BlackBerry, Mac or PC with our free Kindle reading apps.

Never Lose Your Place

With Amazons Whispersync technology, you can automatically save and synchronise your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across all your devices. This means you can start reading a book on one device, and pick up where you left off on another device.

Technical Details
DisplayAmazon's 6" Paperwhite display with exclusive Carta e-paper and next-generation built-in light, 212 ppi, optimised font technology, 16-level grey scale
Size6.7" x 4.6" X 0.36" (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm)
Weight206 grams
System RequirementsNone; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content
On-Device StorageHolds over 1,100 books
Cloud StorageFree cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery LifeA single charge lasts up to eight weeks, based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light and wireless usage
Charge TimeFully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable. India power adapter sold separately.
Wi-Fi ConnectivitySupports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Content Formats SupportedKindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
DocumentationQuick Start Guide (included in box) [PDF]; Kindle Paperwhite User Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF]. Additional information in multiple languages available online
Warranty and ServiceKindle Paperwhite is sold with a worldwide limited warranty of one year provided by the manufacturer. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here.
Included in the BoxKindle Paperwhite, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide

Carry and Read Personal Documents

E-mail documents  including Word, PDF and more  directly to your Kindle and read them in Kindle format.

Never Lose a Book

We automatically back up your entire Kindle library for free in the Cloud, so there's never a worry about losing your books. Re-download wirelessly anytime for free.

Parental Controls

Parental Controls allow you to restrict access to the Kindle Store, Cloud and Experimental Web Browser so you can give Kindle Paperwhite to a child worry-free.

Follow Along with Page Numbers

We match the pages of a Kindle book to the text in a print book to identify the corresponding page number. Easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class.

Organise Your Library

Organise your Kindle library into customised collections or categories to easily access any book you are looking for. You can add an item to multiple collections to make organising and finding titles even easier.

Customise to Your Language

Kindle Paperwhite can be used in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. You can easily select the language that you are most comfortable with and enjoy instant dictionary lookups in any of these languages.

Read Books in Other Languages

Kindle Paperwhite supports the display of non-Latin characters, so you can read books and documents in your favourite language, including enhanced support for Japanese and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional). Kindle Paperwhite also displays Korean, Cyrillic, Latin and Greek scripts, and provides free access to several international dictionaries.

Read Children's Books and Comics

Kindle Paperwhite supports children's books with Kindle Text Pop-Up and comic books with Kindle Panel View, which allows you to read a comic book panel by panel.

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Kindle E-reader Family Kindle Fire Family
New Kindle Paperwhite 3G New Kindle Paperwhite Kindle Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Kindle Fire HD
   13,999    10,999    5,999    17,999    11,999
Screen size 6" 6" 8.9" 7"
Display Technology Paperwhite Built-in light E Ink Pearl HD LCD HD LCD
Resolution/ Pixel density 212 PPi 167 PPi 1920x1200
up to 1080p HD
up to 720p HD
Audio - - Dolby Audio,
dual stereo speakers
Dolby Audio
dual stereo speakers
Connectivity Free 3G + Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Dual-band, dual-antenna
Dual-band, dual antenna Wi-Fi
Storage Holds over 1,100 books

Plus free Cloud storage for all Amazon content
Upto 1,400 books -2 GB on device

Plus free Cloud storage for all Amazon content
16 GB or 32 GB on device

Plus free Cloud storage for all Amazon content
16 GB or 32 GB on device

Plus free Cloud storage for all Amazon content
Dimensions 6.7" x 4.6" x 0.36" 6.5" x 4.5" x 0.34" 9.4" x 6.4" x 0.35" 7.5" x 5.4" x 0.40"
Weight 215 g 206 g 170 g 567 g 395 g
Processor - - Dual-core,
1.5GHz OMAP4470
1.2GHz OMAP 4460
Battery life (wireless off) 8 weeks Up to 1 month Over 10 hours'
continuous use
Over 11 hours'
continuous use
Web Experimental
browsing using Amazon Silk
Cloud-accelerated browsing
using Amazon Silk


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
118 of 123 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect way to read books !!! 3 March 2014
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After purchasing kindle, my reading time has increased. I am able to read without much of eye stain, as the screen does not throw light on your eyes, rather the direction is tangential on the screen. Kindle is a great device for reading both in sun light and dark rooms during your bed time without disturbing others.

The battery life is good . But, do read between lines. 8 weeks with 30 min reading /day. So essentially it is 56 days x 30 min = 23 hrs which is 200% + of a tablet and not the way Amazon projects the compassion as 10 hrs vs 8 weeks (Unethical marketing !!!).

The second thing I observed is that Kindle format books are cheaper ( typically 20% cheaper) than hard bound books. So you will get your ROI for the device in a few kindle book purchases within an year. It is very easy to hold this reader in a single hand for long hours, as it very light. Also it fits in your suit packet for quick access while on a flight or waiting for some customer meetings etc.,

The big drawback in Kindle is that, it is not designed for reading PDFs. Even opening a small pdf file crashes the Kindle. If your primary objective is to read PDFs, then Kindle is a "BIG NO".

Please remember Kiddle device is just a hook and hence it comes cheap. The real business for Amazon is selling books and once you buy Kindle you are hooked to Amazon ( BTW, there is nothing wrong in it and as the eco system is very good) . So, if you are a kind of person who will not worry about spending money for legally purchasing books and not the type who will typically look out for pirated pdf versions, I would really recommend this product.

Overall I like the product !!!
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The One and Only One 2 April 2014
By Enygma
There is no need to discuss the specifications as that is already clear if you are reading reviews about Kindle Paperwhite.
However things which you need to know is the usage and e-books.

Currently Kindle provides the maximum number of e-books than any other e-book stores. Most books available are cheaper than the physical books. I am talking mainly for US & UK books, Indian books on the other hand are available in abundance. Especially as the market is growing so are the quantity of the books availability. In case if you have a PDF, instead of using it to read it on Kindle, just convert the same to Kindle format with the help of conversion software (like Calibre) and load the books.

Loading the books is the easiest just drag and drop.

Some people have commented that Kindle doesn't have 2 stage authentication, so in this case please don't save your card with Amazon and punch in the numbers every time you need to buy.
You don't need 2 stage authentication if you are careful where you use the card. Make sure you buy it only when you are using your own computer / laptop.

All the features, right from the Dictionary to the X-Ray ensures that you have an amazing reading experience instead of dreading to read a book completely. You can even make your children get into the habit of reading short stories and fables etc.

Battery Life
I personally read up to 3-4 hours everyday on Kindle without charging for 5 weeks. Very important point to be considered is to make sure that the device is in Airplane mode when you are not using the Wi-fi or 3G services and adjust the brightness according to the place where you are reading. Simple....
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 1 February 2014
Verified Purchase
Finally, Amazon decides to release the latest Kindle in India! Maybe they are refreshing the Kindle line in the US :)
Having said that, this is the best e-ink devices out there. It is faster than the old version. The lighting has been improved, so its more even. The previous version had uneven lighting. As usual, Amazon's eBook selection is unmatched. So if you want an e-ink based reader, this device is really a "no-brainer" buy! Having owned both devices, I find this much better than the kobo glow. The Kobo is a good device by itself, but looks "blurry" when placed alongside the kindle PW 2.
The only reason for 4 stars is the dark line at the bottom. You don't really notice it at first, but can be disconcerting sometimes, if you do. Watch out for dark spots on the screen though. If you have some, then you should exchange it while in warranty. Amazon does that in the US and hopefully here as well.
Just one word of advice - If you are an avid reader and are looking for a dedicated book reader, this is for you. For those looking for all round multimedia capability the multitude of android tablets, ipads, etc are the way to go. Nexus 7 (2012) is best bang for buck today.

Update: A few grouses after using the Kindle for a couple of days:
1) Amazon has blocked the "feature" (if you can call it that) wherein you could create collections and add books automatically through a calibre plugin. Now this has to be done manually. Wish Amazon makes it easier to manage collections. The current mechanism is very laborious for folks who have 1000+ eBooks (collected over the years)
2) After using the older Kindle for many years, I miss the hardware buttons on either side that were very convenient, regardless of which hand you held the kindle in. But if you hold the paper-white with the left hand,it can be pretty irritating to turn pages. Not a deal breaker, just needs getting used to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reading device I have used so far
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