Amazon Introduces New Thinner, Lighter and Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

The Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath

Amazon launches water-resistant Kindle Paperwhite | Technology

Amazon has introduced the new Kindle Paperwhite, featuring a thinner and lighter design, sleek flush-front display, and waterproofing.

The six-inch, high-resolution 300 pixel per inch (ppi) display has laser-quality text that reads like real paper, the company claimed. However, despite the five LEDs the display retains its glare-free aspect irrespective of any setting.

But one of the best highlights of the model is the IPX8 waterproof rating it got - the e-reader can now withstand around 60 minutes of submersion in two meters (6.5ft) of water. The 32GB version is priced at $159.99, while the 32 GB with free cellular connectivity is $249.99.

It also has Audible capabilities, so you can listen to audiobooks by pairing Bluetooth headphones. Now, the newest Paperwhite appears to be a mix of the old model and the now-defunct Kindle Voyage (the latter disappeared from Amazon's site about a month ago).

E-readers were once an extremely hot product category but that has tapered off over the past several years but it hasn't stopped Amazon from offering a wide variety of options. And thanks to newly added IPX8 water-resistance, the 2018 Paperwhite is joining the Oasis as the only other Kindle that's not afraid to get wet. If you thought the book basically peaked somewhere between the arrival of the printing press in 1439 and the first Kindle Paperwhite in 2012, well... that's just a sign you don't have much imagination. When a user buys either the Kindle or Audible version of a book, Whispersync lets them buy the accompanying e-book or audiobook at a discounted price.

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It's gained an extra LED light, so should provide better, more even lighting, and there's good news for voracious readers who were bumping into storage problems with the previous generation reader. Note that both of these are ad-supported units, although they also available ad-free equivalents for $20 more.

Today Amazon announced a new Kindle Paperwhite reader that includes twice the storage in a thinner and lighter body.

The 8 GB model will start shipping from 14 November onwards, with the 32 GB variant shipping a little later.

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