An Overview of the Kindle Paperwhite

The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the high-end e-readers on the market, at least among those that only display in black and white. Those looking to replicate the experience of reading an actual book will likely find that this is the best option available at present, but it also comes with several added features such as Wi-Fi, Goodreads connectivity and the standard Kindle WebKit browser.

The Paperwhite’s primary feature is the e-ink screen, which more closely replicates the look of actual printed ink than any screen that has come before. It also has the added benefit of being entirely glare proof, making it a top choice for those who plan to do a lot of reading outside. And for those reading indoors, it has a powerful backlight that eliminates the need for any other light source in order to read.

Buyers can choose from two varieties of Paperwhite. The full-price version is free of advertisements. The “special offers” version comes with advertisements that display on the screensaver and at the bottom of the home screen. Advertisements are never displayed while the user is reading a book, however. The ads are also exclusive to Amazon, so you don’t have to worry about a rogue third party hijacking your device through them or objectionable content appearing. The big benefit of the “special offers” version is that it costs significantly less than the full-price version. The discount varies with sales, but it often costs about 40% less.

The Paperwhite focuses entirely on the book-reading experience. It doesn’t come with a camera or apps, but it does have a wide variety of reading features. One of the most popular of these is the automatic Reading Progress tracker, which always displays the last page the reader left off at and the completion percentage of each book. The Word Wise feature also automatically provides simpler definitions for advanced words when the user taps them. Other features include margin notes, the X-Ray timeline search feature and automatic on-the-fly translation to a number of languages.

The only minor issue with the Paperwhite’s specs is that it does not have an AC power charger; it must instead be connected to a computer by USB cable to charge the battery. A full charge can last for up to eight weeks with minimal use, however.