Amazon’s Newest E-reader: The Kindle Paperwhite

By Kat Kasel

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As an avid reader, book lover, and initially reluctant kindle user, I have to admit, I’ve been salivating over the new Kindle Paperwhite. Though real books have always been my preference, my first generation Kindle allowed me to voraciously download and devour books on the fly and never worry about packing enough reading material for vacations. Huge perk for bookworms.

I saw that this Kindle can hold up to 1,100 books which is awesome but seems a little unnecessary. It’s pretty easy to go online and remove books from the Kindle and upload new ones so it seems kind of ridiculous to imagine anyone uploading over a thousand books to the tiny device. It’s nice to know it holds that many if you so desire.

LED Lighting & Wifi

I’ve come to love my keyboard Kindle over the years but the newest Amazon e-reader boasts a smaller frame, LED light display (easy to read in the dark or in sunlight), an extended battery life and of course, the touch screen that kindle users have come to expect. The built-in wifi is another benefit that customers can appreciate in the Paperwhite. The ability to download a book the moment you have an urge to read something new means that users literally have the entire Amazon library instantly at their disposal.

The Negative

So far, the only negative comments I’ve heard about the Paperwhite relate to the absence of speakers (no background music while you read, I suppose…) and potential difficulty holding the device comfortably for long periods of time. Those both seem like minor inconveniences, but I would like to see if the touch screen causes me any trouble while reading. I have fairly small hands (even for a woman) and if the grip is awkward or tiring, it’s simply not worth it. I’d revert back to my old keyboard kindle before giving myself carpal tunnel holding a souped up Kindle Paperwhite.


Overall, the reviews have been generally positive, so I can’t wait to get my hands on a Kindle Paperwhite to test it out. If the device really is a step up from the previous models, it should be a dream to use for a Kindle convert like myself.

About Kat Kasel
Kat is a freelance writer and media associate for a digital marketing company in Washington, DC. She loves reading and writing but 'rithmatic? Not so much.

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