Just in time for summer, Amazon today announced a new version of its Kindle Paperwhite that adds waterproofing. The new Kindle Paperwhite is also thinner and lighter, and it offers more storage than the device it replaces.
“Customers love the Kindle Paperwhite, and we’re excited to bring premium features like a thinner and lighter flush-front design, additional storage, waterproofing, and Audible to our most popular Kindle,” Amazon VP Kevin Keith said in a prepared statement. “We’ve also included six months of Kindle Unlimited for free so you can enjoy even more great content, including books, audiobooks, comics, and magazines. With the all-new Kindle Paperwhite, it’s never been easier to get lost in a story no matter where you go.”
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The new Kindle Paperwhite starts at $129, as before, and is available for preorder now. It ships November 7. There’s also a version with more storage for $159 and up, and a version with LTE connectivity that starts at $249.
I’d love to buy one. But until/unless Amazon’s Kindle devices actually support all of the content that the firm sells—including all periodicals, graphic novels, and the like—I’ll be sticking with the otherwise inferior Kindle app on iPad.
<blockquote><em><a href="#353839">In reply to jaredthegeek:</a></em></blockquote><p>The kindle app on a Windows phone isn't great because occasionally it loses a line of text. On a PC, I would just use the cloud reader unless I couldn't get access to the Internet. My approach is to never use an UWP on Windows if there are web or legacy alternatives. </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#354205">In reply to solomonrex:</a></em></blockquote><p>A smart decision.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#353856">In reply to RobertJasiek:</a></em></blockquote><p>Trade-offs are inevitable. Amazon could offer more functionality at the expense of simplicity. They could make it more open which would require it to be more expensive since the tie-in with "book" purchases subsidizes the cost of the unit. </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#354203">In reply to solomonrex:</a></em></blockquote><p>You're right, it's not like a game console, but what family of game consoles start at anywhere near $80?</p>