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The first thing that you will notice about the Amazon Paperwhite is that the screen, as the name suggests, is a lot whiter than previous models. Amazon insist that this will make words even more clear to read and with the benefit of 62 percent more pixels than previous versions, this claim appears to have substance. Despite this fairly radical change, the Kindle Paperwhite still operates without a backlight which makes it ideal for use in all types of light. Although there is no backlight, the Paperwhite does come with an external light which projects itself onto the screen rather than through the screen. This can be adjusted depending on the ambient light conditions so you can read in comfort wherever you are. Battery life in previous versions of the Kindle has always been excellent and the Kindle Paperwhite again fails to disappoint. With half an hour of reading a day, with the wifi turned off and the brightness of the light set at ten, you will get approximately eight weeks'' use out of your device. Running with different variables will, of course, affect your experience slightly. To recharge the device, simply connect it to your computer via a USB cable or alternatively, you can purchase a mains adapter to do the job. Putting your device on a full charge will take around four hours. Charging is the only time you will need to connect your Kindle Paperwhite to a computer. The device is fully wifi compliant up to the 802.11n standard and supports all types of encryption up to WPA2. If you want to download your books on the go, a 3G version is available. The beauty of the 3G Paperwhite is that you are not tied into monthly subscriptions as you would be with an ordinary data plan and there are also no usage costs. The only extra you will be required to pay is the initial premium on top of the standard wifi version when you purchase the Kindle. With 2Gb on-board storage, you will be able to fit approximately 1,100 average length books on your device so, in all likelihood, you are never going to need to remove books from your device during its lifetime. In the unlikely event that you do find yourself running out of storage space, you will be able to benefit from Amazon cloud storage for all content that you have purchased from them. With dimensions of 169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm and weighing in at 213 grams, the Kindle Paperwhite is a compact device which will easily fit in a handbag without being obtrusive. It is advisable to invest in a carrying case for the Paperwhite to avoid scratches and spillages if you are transporting it in a container with other items. As well as supporting all standard document formats, the Kindle Paperwhite will also read documents in Amazon''s proprietary formats, namely Kindle Format 8 (AZW3) and standard Kindle files (AZW).
The Kindle Paperwhite was released by Amazon in 2012 with the "2nd Generation" version released in 2013. At the time it was the first Kindle that was backlit, which meant that it could be read in the dark.
-- Description --
The Paperwhite is is the same size as the average paperback, although obviously considerably thinner. The screen is surrounded by a thin strip of slightly shiny black plastic (which has a distressing tendency to show up dirt and fingerprints) while the rest is smooth black plastic. It fits neatly in the palm of your hand, I can hold the whole thing flat between the tip of my thumb and tip of my middle finger if necessary, and the plastic at the back while smooth, does not slip out of your grip.
At the bottom of the Paperwhite you have a space to plug the charger cable in and a small button you hold down to send it into sleepmode when you are not using it. The whole thing is done by touchscreen, so there are no other buttons or controls that you need. On the one hand this is good as it means there are less things that can break after heavy use. But on the other hand I imagine repairing a touchscreen is far more expensive than replacing a button.
-- Using the Paperwhite --
When you switch your Paperwhite on for the first time it takes you through the process of connecting to your Wi-Fi and then registering it to your Amazon account. Through Amazon you can buy and download ebooks via Amazon's Cloud feature. If you download a lot of memory-hungry books then you can delete them from the Kindle without losing them entirely as Amazon stores them for you in the Cloud. However this does mean that if you buy the Kindle for someone else then you can't set it up in advance as it needs to be registered to their Amazon account, otherwise they could use your details to buy their ebooks.
For your first use of the Kindle it will open up the Kindle manual, which is the first ebook you will have on the device. It takes you through the basic controls. The Paperwhite is the first Kindle that lets you choose font (5 choices) as well as change the text size so readers with bad eyesight can increase the size of the text to something easier to read. You can also go to the "home page" at any point during your book, or use the "Go To" feature to skip to another chapter or another page as you would if you had a standard book to flick through. There is also a "bookmark" feature that you can use to note different pages you want to go back to, but you do not need to select this every time you stop reading as the Kindle remembers where you were, you never lose your place.
Finally it also has features that let you check the meaning of a word. Some of them are highlighted already as you go through, particularly with foreign terms or if you are reading a history book where the author wants to link you to some further context reading. But you can also highlight lines yourself and mark them so you can go back to them later. This is useful if you are in an area with no connectable Wi-Fi.
Once you have a book or two downloaded you will find them on the homepage. The Paperwhite has a black and white screen, not a colour one, but most book covers have been designed with this in mind and they do tend to show up quite clearly. Once you have opened a book you can go between it and the home page without it losing your place. If you don't have the leather cover for it (which I don't) then you need to put it into sleep mode when you aren't reading it, which is easy as you just press and hold the on/off button for a second or two. When it's in sleep mode it will display an image and the light will dim.
-- The Good Bits --
Obviously there are a lot of benefits to the Paperwhite, and Kindles in general, otherwise they would not be as popular as they are. For me the best thing about the Paperwhite is the backlit screen. With this I can switch off the lights in my room and read in bed without needing a lamp on. The quality of the light is excellent, there is no harsh glare that hurts your eyes but it is still bright enough that you are not struggling to read the words. You can also adjust the brightness if you want, but I haven't bothered with this much as I find the standard setting is good in both day and night.
The second thing I like about it is the touchscreen. I recently borrowed my boyfriend's original Kindle to check something and had to get him to talk me through it as I couldn't work out what the different buttons were for, and then I kept knocking it forward a page by accidentally hitting the paddles on the side. With the Paperwhite I have never had that problem, except for the time when it slipped off my lap and I skipped forward four pages when I caught it. Once I had the basic controls mastered it was very easy to use, with a few small problems that I will come to in a moment.
The Paperwhite has 1.25 GB of usable storage. Obviously different books have different file sizes depending on the amount of text and number of images, as with any document, but I would imagine that this amount is a perfectly usable amount for most people. As I said above, because your purchases are stored to the Cloud you can remove something from your Kindle without deleting it and wasting money buying it again.
The small size makes it incredibly portable. I currently have a large hardback in my bag and it is rather on the heavy side, were I using my Kindle I could probably skip to work without a problem. For students I imagine this is a Godsend, no more carrying five very heavy textbooks!
-- The Bad Bits --
So, those small usability issues. Well for one thing on occasion the touchscreen can be a tiny bit too sensitive, once or twice I've gone to brush a bit of dirt off it and instead it's highlighted two sentences and then marked them for me, which was a pain to remove. Secondly it is very difficult to use the slider to move the "Go To" bit up and down to see more options. In fact using my fingers, whether index or pinkie, is completely impossible as it doesn't recognise what I am trying to do and instead sends me back to the page I was reading.
Amazon is one of those companies will do absolutely anything to get your money. As a result the cable to charge it comes free of charge, because even Amazon wouldn't do that far. But it is USB only, which means that if you run out of battery and you aren't need a laptop or PC to plug it in to, then you are stuffed. Instead you have to buy a separate plug, which you plug the USB end in to so you can plug it into the mains and charge it from there. My Paperwhite was a birthday present from my parents, so my Mum bought the plug as part of it. She didn't tell me how much it cost but did say that she felt it was a "bit of a cheeky rip off" to charge what she felt was quite a lot of money for a small plug.
The battery life is pretty decent, but you do need to keep an eye on it as there is no real "battery at 25%" warning, you just suddenly get a message telling you the battery is almost out and you need to plug it in to charge.
Kindles are great because they are small and compact and you can store 100 books on something that is smaller than a dinner plate. But for me it will never replace proper paper books. I have bought a few things to read on the Kindle since getting it, primarily several books that I didn't want to buy brand new and couldn't find in a charity shop (Kindle versions tend to be a few pounds cheaper) and a large book that I originally had in paper format but that completely fell apart due to bad gluing by the manufacturer. But I recently bought two new books from Amazon, and I bought them both in paper. For me nothing beats being able to flick through a few pages with ease, instead of having to press the screen several times while I try to work out where I am and then, where I want to go to.
-- Overall --
The Kindle Paperwhite is a good piece of kit, and if you like to read in bed without having the lamp on and disturbing the person next to you then you should definitely go for this option. But if you are like me and genuinely love paper and ink then this will only ever be a useful tool, it will never capture your heart.
Is anything in life perfect these days?? Well I guess that depends on what you are looking for from an item. As far as the paperwhite goes though, I can't actually find anything wrong with it!!
The most positive thing for me from the paperwhite is that I've started reading a lot more, which can only be good. I've had a kindle before, the old heavy one with a keyboard on the bottom of it. I stopped using it because it was just too heavy for me to hold for an hour or more.
Having read the reviews I was excited when my paperwhite arrived. It was a dream to set up and even had some battery life already on it so I could use it immediately. It took me a few minutes to work out how to transfer the books from my old kindle to this kindle and within 10 minutes I was happily downloading new books to my new paperwhite.
I couldn't believe how light it was (would recommend a cover for when you are not reading though in case it gets knocked). The background, touchscreens and overall look and feel of the device is excellent. Also love the fact that the device lights up when you need it (without you having to put a light on it). There is no reflection when you are reading in sunlight.
If I had to give one downside, the battery life on mine isn't as long as the adverts say - I think I read six weeks on one advert!! (But I guess that depends on how much usage there is). On holiday recently, I used it for about five hours a day and had to recharge at the end of day 3. (Definitely a very relaxing holiday thanks to my Kindle Paperwhite).
My husband was a little confused when I said I was buying one as I have an ipad Mini and he thought I would just download the Kindle app on that and hey presto it would be the same. It is not!! First of all the ipad app only allows you to read the content you have downloaded (doesn't allow you to actually download or view the kindle shop - well the version I had didn't). Also, my ipad is significantly heavier than my paperwhite. Finally I can't read my ipad in the sunshine.........I can read my kindle paperwhite!
If you have seen Amazon.com, it is already calling Kindle Paperwhite, The best device for reading. Is it the best device for reading. Let us see ourselves.
To read a book all we need is proper surrounding light. But to read on an electronic device we need some other features also these are -
Clean and Crisp Text - Yes! Amazon Kindle Paperwhite comes with a high resolution screen which provides a rich text that appears to be printed on a plastic sheet in day light. You can also adjust your font face and font size.
No Glare - It is less with high technology layers and lighting system that provides a glare free reading.
No external light needed- It is provided with the well placed lights that ensure the proper reading experience in night time too.
Built in Dictionary - It have built in dictionary so don't have to waste time in turning pages of dictionary. Just tap, hold and magic.
Apart from these nice features it also have some drawbacks. Its speed is very slow. Memory space could be increased up to 5-10 Gb. Some big PDFs shows running memory problem.
This kindle is great, it is has everything except for a camera.You you can check your mail , listen to your favorite artist on you tube to even playing temple run! And of course, the whole point of the kindle, read books! It is really easy to purchase online books on here as your amazon account is linked to the book store and you can easily buy a book within 2 minutes and start reading it. It is portable and real fun to take on holiday or on the train. The app store is brilliant, it has nearly all the apps you would find on an ipad. Some books on the kindle are free which is a real treat. Some books are much cheaper to purchase online then a real hard copy, so if you do buy a lot of books then the kindle can prove to save you a lot of money in the long term. Not only are there fiction books but also academic books so if you are revising for an exam.....why not revise in bed!
I got the Kindle Paperwhite from my parents as a birthday present. It's great, very lightweight and fits into the back pocket of my jeans for easy transport. I had resisted digital books for a while, preferring the smell and feel of traditional printed pages and also I was a bit apprehensive about the backlight being a bit invasive on the eyes... it's not at all. In a darkened room you can reduce the brightness which does not bother the eyes at all - even after hours of reading - and also helps to save the battery life.
The battery itself is fantastic; I haven't actually timed how long it lasts but I only charge mine every couple of weeks and I normally spend at least an hour using it every day. It has a handy little indicator in the bottom corner telling you how many pages are left in the book and chapter (and how many minutes that will take, depending on your reading pace as calculated by the Kindle up til that point. Really clever!) and also you can highlight and bookmark passages or pages you find interesting.
I'm a traveller and it's simply the best for this, since many countries it's hard to find English language books. I also recently discovered Project Gutenberg which allows you to download books for free onto your Kindle, completely legally! They mostly only have the classics but hey, they're free! For the new releases, Amazon has them all.
If you're a big reader like me then you might rack up a hefty price flying through the titles but that's why I like Project Gutenberg. For anyone who is a fan of reading and is a bit apprehensive about taking the plunge into the world of Kindle, I say go for it! It will revolutionise the way you read. The backlit feature means you don't have to leave bed to turn off the light either when you've finished reading, which, as a lazy person, is a real draw for me.
The only real criticism I could have of the machine is that as an internet browser, its very clumsy and hard to use; the touch screen which works so well for reading can become difficult when trying to type, enlarge a screenshot or click on a small button but really the Kindle is not a browser, it's a reader. And an excellent one at that. Highly recommend!
When e-readers first came on the market, my husband - knowing I am an avid reader - suggested buying one for my birthday. I was not keen on the idea at all - I felt I would miss out on the pleasure of browsing in the library and book shops and the sheer joy of the look, feel and smell of a new book! Fast forward a couple of years and a friend bought a new kindle and bequeathed me her old one. I was converted - although I do often still read the real thing too! Several months ago, I discovered my reading companion was broken and had no choice but to emotionally blackmail the husband into getting me a new one. I could have gotten the new basic model Kindle for £69 but really fancied the more expensive Kindle Paperwhite (this took some convincing of said husband!)
Why this model?
As I had already had a Kindle I really wanted to keep with the same brand - it was familiar to me and I guess as well I consider them the gold standard in e-readers. I really liked the idea of the crisp text that made reading on the Paperwhite easy on the eyes - as someone who works on computers all day and then likes to read a lot my eyes have a lot to put up with! I also liked the idea of the built in light. My old Kindle had an attachable light which never worked properly. I briefly considered the Kindle Fire, which has many more features than the Paperwhite but I felt I wanted a dedicated e-reader that does what it does best.
Easy to buy?
It was a cinch to part with my £109 on Amazon. I was notified when the product was dispatched and it arrived quickly in a lovely stylish black box which made me very excited.
This was a doddle - once it was switched on it took me through the set up. I used a cable (not supplied) to connect it to my PC and it downloaded the books from my old Kindle in a matter of minutes. Pretty soon I was good to go.
The Device itself?
Its sleek, light and can be easily held in one hand for a nice long reading session, if you have the time of course! Pages are turned by touching the screen, though it is not as sensitive and responsive as my Apple iTouch but nevertheless its still easy enough. It holds over a thousand books, though I tend to delete mine once I've read them so there is never more than about 20 on there at any one time. The battery life is longer than my previous model and lasts for ages before needing to be charged.
Its a little bit irksome that a cable to charge/connect to a PC is not supplied, however the husband's smartphone cable sufficed so its possible you will have a cable at home that will do the job, rather than having to buy one. Next on my priority list is a cover for the Paperwhite and I would definitely say this is a necessity. It was lack of a cover which spelled the demise of my old Kindle. Until I get one, my new purchase doesn't leave the house!
If you love reading treat yourself to one of these - you won't regret it.
I've been a kindle advocate since the start. Travelling a lot for my job, I started with the original Kindle Keyboard and loved it. However, the idea of being able to read in a dark car easily was a nice one, and with the arrival of a new baby, a way to keep myself awake while feeding him without turning the light on was also compelling so I decided to upgrade.
The backlight is indeed a handy thing to have, and much nicer than the clip-on lights and cases. I also like that there is a way to check the time on it now (handy at 3am when I want to know how long junior has been fussing). Another intriguing piece of software estimates how long, in minutes, until I finish what I'm currently reading.
The backlight has SERIOUSLY knocked the battery life. Granted, I read a lot but I'm having to charge every one or two days now. The problem is that it's on all the time, even when the sun is out. Some kind of light sensor to determine when its needed (or, hell, I would take a switch) would be handy.
I think I preferred being able to turn the page with a button to the screen being touch sensitive. Sometimes the screen seems slow to react and I find it very difficult to browse my library now as it's hard to find somewhere to press to turn to the next page of books without opening a book.
Don't get me wrong; it's still a nice product and I'm still using it rather than my old kindle. It's just not quite as nice as it was in my head!
If your thinking of buying this product, go for it! You won't be disappointed!
It really is a brilliant and helpful product,you will get any book you could ever want at a decent price and keep it in your digital library. You can keep your library organised by creating different sections, unread and read etc.
The best thing about the kindle paperwhite in my opinion is being able to read in the dark and experience no eye strain from doing so. This product also works equally excellent in day light too!
There is so many great points with this kindle... It's lightweight, battery life really is amazing, suitable for any place in whatever light, easy touch screen.
This is especially great for carrying around in your handbag or travelling. Defiantly a holiday must, carry round millions of books I'm one small device!
Really is fab and would recommend to anyone!
Prior to buying the all-new Kindle Paperwhite, mainly as I wanted the convenience of an inbuilt light I owned a kindle keyboard, so was already sold on the e-book concept, however the new Kindle Paperwhite is a huge improvement, and I'm finding it intuitive and pleasant to use. It's a great buy for anyone looking to update their kindle to this, the latest model (released October 2013), as well as being great for anyone new to ebooks.
In the box:
The kindle comes in fuss free and low waste packaging. It arrives charged and ready to go with a cable for recharging via PC (you can buy a charger for added convenience). The kindle has a 6" screen and indeed really is all about the screen, deliberately the designers have I think made the screen dominant on the Paperwhite which feels solid but light in the hand, it's 206 grams. I have the wifi version, which means that I can download books from the Amazon cloud or from the Amazon site. It has the ability to store about 1200 books on it and it can read files in a variety of formats (details on the amazon site). It is an e-reader that ties you to amazon to a great extent, though free software such as calibre does allow you to adapt ebooks to the kindle format, legally. The kindle has a battery life of up to a month depending on usage.
The first thing I noticed when using this for the first time was the touch screen - prior to this I had a device which required using a button to turn pages. The screen seems very accurate - it's easy to tap the right of the screen anywhere for page changes, while the left most part of the screen allows you to go back a page. You can also to tap on a word with ease to have the definition to that word should you need it. I have a Spanish dictionary installed on mine and the kindle automatically detects the language I'm reading in and supplies a translation in no time at all.
The display is clearly and important aspect of the device. Personally I found the "kindle" emblazoned under the screen in silver a little distracting at first, but my eye has now learned to ignore it. I was most interested in the ability to change the amount the screen is back lit, enabling me to read in the dark and in day light. It turns out that the screen is easily adjustable from the menu bar which comes up when the top of the screen is touched - if you've been used to a kindle it takes very little time to get used to using the menus, if you are not the integrated guide will no doubt be helpful. The blacks do seem to be crisper than my older model and turning a page is lightning fast. It's easy to adjust light levels from non to back lit, there is an impressive range of luminosity enabling you to discover the text size and amount of light you find most comfortable. It's a pleasant reading experience even for the most hardened book-lover. The e-ink is excellent for text, though less impressive at rendering photos and illustrations. For it's primary use though no complaints here.
I don't have a magnetic cover on my kindle but should you buy such a thing the kindle will go into sleep mode automatically, again this is an improvement on previous kindles.
Having been used to an older model of Kindle I was a little surprised to see there are no integrated speakers, or even the ability to add headphones as the text to audio feature has disappeared, however features like having the time on screen are potentially more useful. Undoubtedly the kindle is best for buying and reading text books - I've no idea why they have kept the "experimental browser" that has been experimental and rather pointless since the time I've had a kindle (2010 - does that make me an early adopter?), you can use it to access the internet but even with touch screen and the apple-esque ability to zoom it's a pretty frustrating activity.
It is, however really easy to work out how to download books. These can also be retrieved from the cloud with ease, a nice touch is being able to see the book covers on the easily-findable home screen, this makes theme seem more tangible somehow. The screen saver when the kindle is in "sleep" mode (it's never totally turned off) are not customisable and are a little unimaginative, but that's a minor criticism. I like the fact that you can now see page numbers properly on the device, you can also see remaining reading time based on how long you averagely take to read apparently - that's a little superfluous to me but that, and the ability to highlight and share passages or indeed books via social networks may be of interest to some. I have turned off "popular highlights" however as I found having "highlighted by x amount of readers" labels intrusive and distracting in the reading experience. Luckily the menus are easy to navigate to work out how to customise the paperwhite and the onscreen keyboard is simple to use. It's not too tricky to put your books into collections, though if you are used to a tablet device, eg the iPad, the slightly long way of doing this may feel a bit retro! The predictive text is a handy feature when searching for titles in your cloud or on the amazon site, and in the main it's all well thought out and it doesn't take hours to work out how to use the main features.
On a practical level I like the feel of the kindle in my hand, the plastic on the back is tactile and the screen is the size I was used to - although it's a little thicker. It seems well made and as I was expecting is silent and not warm to the touch.
To sum up the new kindle paperwhite is an improvement on what was already a fantastic reading experience, more akin to reading a paper book than a glaring screen, as the device's name would suggest. I can't comment on battery life too much as yet but assume it will be similar to other kindles - ie last up to a month depending on usage of the light and wifi, thus far it doesn't seem to be that power hungry, I've managed to read an entire novel and download a few more without depleting the battery by more than about a quarter. Due to the fact that it is so beautifully easy to use, great to read, the Paperwhite is simply excellent and I would highly recommend it, I really wouldn't want to be without my kindle.
After the sad passing of my previous Kindle, I decided to upgrade a notch when replacing what's become an almost essential piece of gadgetry for me. I had my doubts about how necessary the major innovation of this model was - the backlit screen, that is - but then again, I had the same reservations about all aspects of the Kindle generally before I bought it, and have never looked back. So a little faith needed, I thought.
I plumped for the 3G version, which as with previous models, is fractionally more expensive - but I figured it was worth going the whole hog. It's really an advantage, if not an absolute necessity, to be able to access content wherever you are, and it bumps up the whole Kindle experience a bit for me (as well as making it even easier to drop your money on a whim ...)
How is this model different to those before, then? For me, the biggest difference was the introduction of the touchscreen. Again, it's not really a must - it doesn't do anything the previous versions' paddles and buttons didn't, but it's extremely intuitive and makes the navigation of menus in particular much quicker and easier. In terms of performance, this aspect of the Paperwhite is great - responsive and tactile (obviously ...), it's a great addition.
Then there's the backlighting. I was a bit wary of this - one of the best things about Kindle is how they're not-quite-book, not-quite-computer; there's none of the glare and eyestrain that comes with conventional screens, making reading so much more comfortable than I initially assumed it would be. I wondered if this feature would take away from this - but I needn't have worried. Actually, it's a neat upgrade - best of all, it's adjustable on a sliding scale, so it's never brighter than it needs to be and can be controlled and tweaked to your level of comfort. This makes it a bit more versatile than before - it's easy to read in darker light now - without losing anything or sacrificing the major advantages of the Kindle.
Everything that was true of the Kindle before is true of this version - it really does make reading better - you can take books everywhere, you can juggle multiple novels, read documents, instantly buy new material when you've run out ... for me it's a revolution, and this is the logical progression in that process.
I was one of those people who always said that I would never have a kindle or book reading device, but with the impending birth of my baby I realised trying to read while feeding would be quite challenging with a baby in one hand.
My husband researched various book reading devices which were available on the market and came up with the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.
The kindle is a great size, is light in weight, and fits easily in my baby changing bag.
It is also very easy to hold and change turn the page with just one hand. In the early days of nursing my daughter, sometimes for hours on end, this was an absolute godsend to keep me entertained through the night, without disturbing my husband.
The great things about the paperwhite compared to other reading devices is that it has a light feature where you can adjust how bright the back-light is depending on your light setting. Reading in the dark with a book and torch would have been near impossible, so this was a great function.
On the odd time over summer where my baby would be asleep and I could sit in the garden and do some reading, I was very impressed at how easy it was to read the pages in sunlight.
I have been pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced books are on amazon too. Some books I have bought for as little as a penny! I also like that you can send yourself trials of books to read the first ten or so pages before you buy!
The only two negative I can find are, if I get the odd chance to read it in the bath, the kindle can steam up, which makes viewing the pages difficult and probably isn't very good for the kindle. Finally, I can no longer lend books to friends to read after I have read them.
Overall, a great device. I have already recommended this kindle model to friends who are new Mum's or Mums to be.
I remember first mentioning in passing, to my fiancée, that I really wanted a Kindle. I did a fair bit of reading, but found that I was often discouraged for two reasons, which I think will probably make me sound like a little bit of a freak.
The first reason is my incredibly strange phobia of touching anything dry, like cardboard or the pages of a book when my hands haven't been moisturised. The feeling rips right through me! The second reason is that I just can't get comfortable with a book. I mostly read in bed, but trying to find a comfortable position whilst holding open a book is downright impossible, I find.
The Kindle Paperwhite solved both of these issues, whilst also bringing much more to the table.
Now, I didn't know a great deal about the Kindle machines before I got my (dry) hands on one, but I was very impressed by the miniature library and instantly set about buying numerous books that I had been waiting to buy. This is one of my favourite points about owning a Kindle. There were a number of titles that I wanted to read, but I kept forgetting about some of them - not any more. Now, if I see a book that I'm dying to read, I can just add it to my Amazon wish list, as the Kindle is tied directly to your Amazon account once you've linked it. Not only does this mean that you can have a catalogue of books ready to purchase once the one you're reading has been finished, but it also means that instead of running to the book store, all you need to do is hit 1 button and the book is instantly purchased and downloaded to your Kindle.
This is where the next point comes in. I understand that there are a couple of different versions of the Kindle Paperwhite. You can either have a 3G version, which means that you can connect to the internet much like a smartphone in order to download your books, or you can have a WiFi version, which just allows you to connect to WiFi hotspots in or outside of your home. The latter type is the one that I have, but it's just fine. You will generally pay more for the 3G version and never have I found myself out in the middle of nowhere with no WiFi connection in sight and suddenly thought to myself 'Oh man, if only I had 3G so I could download a book right now'. When you are connected, though I can't speak specifically for the speed of 3G, your book is downloaded and ready to read within a matter of seconds after hitting the purchase button. So if you've finished a book, but you're not quite ready to drop off to sleep, you can just grab the sequel!
This brings me onto my next point about reading in bed. It's fantastic. No more keeping the partner awake with a side lamp or having to stop reading because they want to go to sleep. The Kindle Paperwhite's inbuilt light is incredible and has a surprising scale between very dim and glaringly bright. At its lowest setting, you can still easily read, but it casts no glare so that anyone in the same room would still easily be able to drop off to sleep. Unfortunately this does mean that you can easily lose all track of time and read into the small hours of the morning, suddenly realising it's 3am and you have to work in 5 hours.
Part of this is also down to how easy it is to get into a comfortable stupor whilst reading on the Kindle. I don't know about anyone else, but when I'm reading a traditional book, I can't lie on my back, because having both arms elevated to keep the book open gets painful very quickly. I prefer lying on my side to read, but keeping the pages open again is a fine and painful balancing act after more than a few minutes. However, with the Paperwhite, you can easily support its small frame with one hand and whether you're lay on your back or on your side, it's very easy to find a comfortable position. It helps that the Kindle is very light and generally ligher than most paperback novels, despite its incredible storage capacity.
The Kindle Paperwhite can hold thousands of books. So far, I've only downloaded around 10, but taking into consideration the fact that these books are not forming a steady fort beside my bed, I find it much more convenient than owning the physical paperback copies. Another great advantage to this is that, although you might decide to have a spring clean of your Kindle library eventually and delete your back catalogue, you can easily share your Kindle with a partner or housemate so that they can read all of the same books. Plus, if you're a total neat freak, you don't have to worry about them folding over one of the pages as a bookmark (HOW DARE YOU).
The battery life is extremely impressive. It lasts an enormous amount of time between charges. Keep in mind if you do buy one, that it will take a few full charges to see the machine's optimum battery life, as it has to Index the books you've purchased. Generally, whether using it often or not (I had exams and whatnot whilst owning mine at first), you will find that the battery lasts weeks between charges.
The e-ink technology that the Kindle Paperwhite uses is very impressive and really makes for a very crisp and clear reading experience. The font on screen can be adjusted in size or even style to best suit the reader, a very useful tool for those who have less than perfect eyesight. The Paperwhite even has an inbuilt dictionary, so that unknown words can be highlighted for a definition. This is very useful, as even though I consider myself to have a decent vocabulary, I'm constantly finding new words, which is very useful as somebody who writes novels in their spare time.
I find it very hard to think of anything negative to say about this Kindle. The one thing that comes to mind is that the charger must be connected to a computer when the battery needs charging. It doesn't come boxed with a wall adapter, so you only have the option of USB charging to begin with. However, I believe that you can couple this cable with an iPhone charger or something similar to wall-charge the Kindle, but it's something I would recommend reading into to make sure that you don't damage this wonderful piece of hardware.
All in all, I love the concept of e-readers. I'm currently writing my first novel and have numerous other ideas in the pipeline, so I don't want the traditional publishing industry to succumb to e-publishing any time soon, as I'm a huge fan of traditional publishing too. However, for me, as a reader, the Kindle makes it far easier to enjoy this hobby.
Why buy this one?
I have been tempted by a Kindle for quite some time. I was reluctant to get one because I love the feel of a book in my hands, love the smell of a brand new novel and I was concerned about the screen of a Kindle causing eye strain.
I looked at a number of e Readers and even considered the purchase of a tablet but the Led screen put me off as I know it doesn't suit me. What appealed to me about the Kindle Ink and Paperwhite was the fact that they are deemed similar to reading from a page.
I compared the Kindle Fire (another option) to the Paperwhite in a store and after much deliberation I kept coming back to the Paperwhite as it was easier on my eyes and I wanted something that was just for reading - otherwise there would be the temptation to browse and take my attention from the book.
I could have opted for a 3G version but decided that the basic model would be sufficient for my first eReader experience.
There are less expensive readers on the market which tempted me but I wanted to do business with Amazon as I have always been very impressed with the customer service. At £109 I thought it a decent price. Fortunately I can use my Sony Phone USB charger with the Kindle and therefore didn't have to pay extra for one - a wee bit naughty not including one but such is life.
Ultimately, the decision was made because I cannot physically store anymore paperbacks - poor Billy bookcase (from Ikea) is stuffed full.
Quick word on ordering and delivery of your new Kindle Paperwhite...
It's easy to order, if you are familiar with Amazon you will be aware of just how easy it is. Delivery was prompt and within a couple of days (even though it estimated longer) I had my package. Secure postage was impressive - signed for. Minimal packaging, but enough to protect. The Kindle box is sleek yet modest - not too much of a fuss and I like that as I keep boxes just in case I need to return.
Holding the Kindle Paperwhite in my hand I think it is as light as I expected at 213gms - it definitely feels lighter than the average paperback and certainly much lighter than a hardback tome. When reading part of the Stephen King Dark Tower epic (see my reviews) in hardback it really was a struggle so that aspect of book reading is much easier when using the Kindle.
I was impressed by the simple design and minimalistic logo - which sits at the bottom of the reader. I would find too much fuss distracting when reading and hence I also went for a plain, black cover (by August and which I will review in due course).
Not much to detain me from getting started with the charging by way of gimmicks and buttons as this is touchscreen and all functions are accessed via the screen. More on that later.
This is when I hit an issue. Setting up is very easy to follow by on screen prompts and I was sailing along until I was asked for my password to access the internet. As I have a mobile phone which also asked a similar question during set up I knew to get my hex code. What followed was hours of frustration as the code was not identified by the Kindle. I tried it with the full stops and without (leaving a gap). I ended up contacting the chat help line at Amazon which made things more confusing rather than less. I was advised to contact my internet provider for a special code and all manner of things. I chose not to do this and instead have one last attempt at entering the code - this time I input it without space or full stops and hey presto it was accepted and the process of setting up continued.
I hit another snag during that process and thought I may need to return a faulty Kindle. During the set up and selecting language the device randomly selected German - acting on its own! I had to find the translations to get myself back through the menu to choose English (though I remembered some from my lessons at school). After that it was plain sailing and set up completed without further incidents.
I discovered that the charger (MP3 USB charger) that I was using didn't fit well and once changed to my mobile phone USB charger all was well and saved me paying for a Kindle version.
I have found using the Kindle Paperwhite a very pleasurable and easy experience. I am not the most technology minded person and have not had any issues so far.
The Kindle is woken from sleep mode automatically when I open the cover (like a book) and it loads the page with impressive speed. I am relieved by that as I don't like to sit waiting for a computer to load up and be ready for use - if I have time to read a quick page or two I want to do just that and this reader is perfect in that respect.
I purchased some books from amazon Kindle store at really good prices (some are more expensive than paperbacks though so you need to select carefully). It was easy as you like. I wasn't sure if I would have to manually transfer books to my Kindle but didn't have to lift a finger as they were sent automatically. At this point I'll mention thanks to elfbwillow (member on Ciao) for recommendations of free books.
I was a little apprehensive with first use of the reader. I didn't want to have wasted my money if I couldn't read comfortably or if it was horrible to hold or use. Or what if I just couldn't abide not holding a real book in my hand? In short I took to the Kindle like a fish to water. I can read for as long as I like with no eye strain noted and my eyes are easily bothered. I think the back light has much to do with this and the fact that it is anti-glare - I can sit anywhere and still see clearly. The back light has remained at the same setting the whole time I've had it and is around three bars from the top - suits me in all situations but I don't read in a dark, unlit room. The font size could be changed but I have left it at the standard setting as that too suits my requirements and is easy on the eyes. I like that it is similar to ink on paper and it really isn't an issue for me that the book covers are not in colour as I don't look often.
When I open up the Kindle it is on the page that I left it at - another great feature and a relief as I wondered how I would keep tabs on my page. If I want to I can manually bookmark and make notes but up to now I've not needed that facility. There is also a dictionary which is really handy and easy to access should you come across a word that you are unsure of - a simple tap on the word is all that is needed.
I find the touch screen less responsive than my mobile phone (Sony Xperia U - see review) but didn't expect it to be any better than it is and it is decent enough for using an eReader in my experience. There are odd times when I have to slide my finger a couple of times to get the page to turn but it's not often so only a very minor niggle.
What I found unusual and a bit strange initially was the page count or progress marker at the bottom of the screen that is in percentage and location format. I wasn't sure what I thought about that but then discovered that a tap on the figure gives you the time left in hours! I don't really use that and think I would prefer page numbers but have got used to the progress in percentage and don't find it a problem.
When reading a paperback I used to like seeing how far I had got and how thick the pages were till I got to the end - it does feel strange that I can't see that now but once again I'm getting used to it.
I like that I am carrying around a library that I can access at any time - as long as the battery holds out. Paperback books win outright in the access at any time and read for as long as you want category - Kindle Paperwhite has a good battery life and the specifications state that it can be up to 8 weeks. Sounds good but you have to bear in mind that is based on half an hour per day with wireless turned off. I read for longer than that each day as a rule so the battery life lasts me a lot less than the attractive claims - it's not bad though.
As the reader is lighter and less bulky than a book it means that my reading material can come with me more often than it used to. It's really slim and about the length of most paperbacks so it will fit into most of my bags easily - I have to say that I wouldn't want to have it in a bag without protection though as the screen would be exposed to keys etc. It's worth noting that when buying a Kindle you will most likely want a cover and you may want a USB charger - this bumps up the price.
I have been impressed by how clean the reader remains after much use and travelling about. There are not too many nooks and crannies for dirt to build up in and the casing is not noticeably full of finger prints - though they are seen if you look closely. I can normally rub them off but some have hung around and are most likely caused by my body creams.
I like that I get the free cloud storage on Amazon and have peace of mind that my books are safe should anything happen to my device. As it has 2G storage this reader has the capacity to store up to a massive 1100 books! Imagine how impressive my library is going to be - no way can by Billy bookcase ever hope to compete with that.
I have signed up to the Kindle daily deals which are via email and like the opportunity to purchase at a lower price each day. Also there is a comprehensive Kindle store where you can buy from all genres and even a free section too.
I am really surprised by how quickly I have got used to using and reading with the reader. I didn't think that I would like it as much as I do. I don't think it will ever replace or be as good as holding a real book but it's a great compromise when space is short and is much easier on the eyes and arms. My eyes are noticeably less strained due to larger and clearer font. It's been a brilliant purchase for me.
If you want a device solely for reading that is as near to a page in print as possible then I can recommend the Kindle Paperwhite. If you have issues with eye strain when reading small print in books then I can highly recommend this device as you can make it larger and there is a back light which is much easier on the eye. As it is not Led I find it much nicer to read for longer periods of time. It is light and slim and no bigger than an average paperback in height. You can carry a whole series of books with you on holiday and be safe in the knowledge that you can begin the next straight away without hauling bulky books around in your luggage. The amazon Kindle store has a massive selection of all genres and some are free. You can subscribe to the library too. The touch screen is decent though not as responsive as most phones. Buying books is easy as long as you have access to the internet. There was a niggle with the set up - just remember the password that is asked for is the hex code and input it without spaces or full stops. Don't panic if a new language is chosen - it is easily solved with patience. At £109 I think this is a very good buy and the back light a hit. Magic!
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I got a Kindle Paperwhite for my 21st Birthday this year and it's fantastic. To start with, I was a bit skeptical about e-readers, since I love the feel of having a proper book in my hands, and also, because I spend hours at a time reading, I was a little worried about the glare hurting my eyes. However, the gentle backlight of the Kindle Paperwhite doesn't produce any glare and it's very easy to look at for several hours at a time.
The Paperwhite holds up to 1,100 books, and just in case that's not enough space for you book lovers out there(myself included), you can store your books on your computer, on your external hard drive, and you can even stor them on Amazon, with their 5GB Cloud Drive that they offer to every customer.
The built in backlight makes it easy to read in all conditions and in all lighting. The light can be adjusted depending on the light in the room(or outside) meaning that you can even read outside in the sunlight and in your bed at night.
Amazon has thousands of books available for Kindle, with many of their books costing as little as 99p. There are also hundreds of free books, including popular classics, ready to be downloaded to your Kindle in less than a minute. Books can be downloaded onto your computer, and transferred to your Kindle through a USB Cable, or downloaded directly to your Kindle wirelessly.
KINDLE OWNER'S LENDING LIBRARY
If you are a member of Amazon Prime, you can join the Kindle Owner's Lending Library, where thousands of books are available for you to borrow, free of charge. You can borrow one book a month and you don't have to give it back until you've finished it.
MY FAVOURITE KINDLE FEATURES
I love the 'Time to Read' feature, which tracks how quickly you get through each page to let you know how long it will take you to read the current chapter, or roughly how long it will take you to finish the book. This is incredibly useful for me, as I like to sneak in reading a chapter whenever I get the chance, and this lets me know if I have time to finish the chapter.
I also love the built in Dictionary, which is very useful when reading some Classic Novels, books that might contain a few words that aren't used in every day language any more. By holding down my finger on that word, I can bring up a definition of it within a second, allowing me to enjoy the book more.
Another great feature is the ability to highlight certain passages that you may want to refer back to later. This is useful for people that like to include a favourite quote of theirs in a book review, or, for students writing essays, who can highlight quotes, paragraphs and sentences.
The Battery Life of the Kindle is fantastic. It would last longer for me if I didn't use it so much, but I still only have to charge it every few weeks or so. The 8 week Battery Life advertised, is based on using it for 30 mins each day, but it still lasts for a long time if you use it a lot.
One of the disadvantages, for me, is that sometimes while the book is converted to Kindle Format, spelling and grammar mistakes can occur. This isn't a huge problem, and doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the book, but it can sometimes be a little annoying. If you spot a mistake while reading, you can highlight it and report it Amazon, who will review the book and correct the mistakes.
There are also some features that other e-readers have, that I think would have been useful on the Kindle too, for example the Nook's lending feature, where you can lend books to friends that own a Nook. However, the benefits of the Kindle far outweigh the few disadvantages, and the variety of Kindle books is much larger than that of other e-readers.
The final disadvantage for me, is that you don't get a USB adapter plug included with the Kindle. This isn't a huge problem, since most modern phone charger plugs are USB adapters, so a lot of people will already have a suitable plug. But the official Amazon plug for the Kindle is around £12.99 which seems pricey for just a plug. So if you don't have a suitable plug already, and you don't want to pay the £12.99 for the Amazon one, I'd recommend getting a cheaper one. It doesn't need to be an Amazon plug, it just needs to be a suitable USB plug, and these can be bought quite cheaply from Amazon, Play.com, and Electronics stores, such as Maplin.
I recommend this product to anyone who, like myself, loves to read and is starting to run out space for books.