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Kindle Paperwhite 3G [Previous Generation]

Free 3G + Wi-Fi, Paperwhite Display, High Resolution, High Contrast, Built-in Light
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Unlike a tablet, Kindle Paperwhite is deliberately designed to read like the printed page with a glare-free display, ultra-light design, and weeks-long battery life
  • Free 3G wireless - no hunting or paying for Wi-Fi hotspots, no annual contracts or monthly fees. 3G wireless works globally
  • Glare-free screen – unlike the glossy surface of a tablet, the Paperwhite display has a non-reflective surface that makes it easy to read, even in bright sunlight
  • Read without eyestrain - our patented front-lit design guides light towards the display instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit tablets. Read comfortably for hours.
  • Thin and light. Hold comfortably in one hand for extended periods
  • Read for weeks without charging – Kindle Paperwhite 3G can be read for up to 8 weeks on a single charge, with Wi-Fi off.

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First-Ever Paperwhite Display

Brilliant Resolution

Our high resolution Paperwhite display renders exceptionally sharp, clear text and images.

Stunning Contrast

Kindle Paperwhite 3G's high contrast screen displays crisp, dark text against a brilliant white background, making for the perfect read.

Innovative Built-in Light

Paperwhite guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays, thereby reducing screen fatigue. You can adjust your screen's brightness to create a perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions, from bright sunlight to bedtime reading.

Uncompromised Battery Life

A single charge lasts up to eight weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Our breakthrough power management technology allows you to leave the light on at all times for the best possible contrast without sacrificing battery life.

Read Anywhere

Read in Bright Sunlight with No Glare

Kindle Paperwhite 3G has a matte screen that reflects light like ordinary paper so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room with no glare.

Read at Night

Kindle Paperwhite 3G's patented built-in light illuminates the screen, not the entire room, so you won't disturb your partner when you can't put your book down at night.

Patented Built-in Light

Designed for Reading

Unlike a backlit tablet display, Kindle Paperwhite 3G guides light towards the surface of the e-ink display from above so that the light never shines directly towards your eyes, allowing you to read comfortably without eye strain. The built-in light illuminates the screen more evenly than a book light or lighted cover.

Perfectly Balanced Whiteness

We worked on Kindle Paperwhite 3G for over two years to perfect the uniformity of the built-in light, flattening out a fiber optic cable into a sheet, and nanoimprinting to ensure perfectly even distribution of light. Our design uses nanoscale optical diffractive patterns to enable tight control over the direction of the light. Enjoy reading with exceptional lighting uniformity and evenly balanced whiteness across the entire display. See how the screen looks in different lighting conditions.

Adjustable Brightness

Your eyes adapt to the amount of light around you, so you'll prefer dimmer light when reading in a dark setting and brighter light when reading in well-lit surroundings. You can adjust the brightness of Kindle Paperwhite 3G across a wide spectrum - from low light to full brightness - so you can read comfortably in any setting.

Power Efficient

Because our patented technology enables fine-grain control over where the light is diffused, Kindle Paperwhite 3G uses low-power LEDs, requiring very little power to evenly illuminate the entire screen.

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Over a million titles are priced at $4.99 or less. Over 1,700,000 titles are $9.99 or less.

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Exclusive Kindle Titles

Over 400,000 Kindle exclusive titles that you won't be able to find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen Covey, Andy Borowitz, and Karen McQuestion.

Free Books in the Public Domain

Millions of titles in the public domain, such as Pride and Prejudice, are available for free.

Free Book Samples

Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Massive Selection

Enjoy your purchased content in any way you choose. Kindle books can be read on Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, BlackBerry, Mac, PC, or web browsers with our free Kindle Reading Apps.

Buy Once, Read Everywhere

Millions of books, newspapers, and magazines, including the latest best sellers, Kindle Singles, and more.

Kindle Owners' Lending Library

With Amazon Prime, Kindle owners can choose from over hundreds of thousands of books, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers, to read for free - as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. Read all 7 Harry Potter books in 5 languages

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Borrow Kindle books from your public library and start reading on your Kindle. Learn more

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Lend eligible Kindle books to other Kindle or Kindle app users for up to 14 days. Learn more

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With Amazon Prime, Kindle owners can choose from hundreds of thousands of books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers and all 7 Harry Potter books.


Free 3G Wireless Connects Anywhere

Free, always-connected 3G wireless lets you shop and download books virtually anywhere - no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots. There are no plans, annual contracts, or monthly fees for this service, which works globally. Kindle Paperwhite 3G is connected and ready to go the moment you take it out of the box. No setup required. Browse network coverage. For U.S. customers traveling abroad, additional charges apply for wireless delivery of periodical subscriptions, which is not available in all countries. For details, click here. To avoid any charges, you can always download items via your computer and transfer them to your Kindle using USB or a Wi-Fi connection.

Holds Up to 1,100 Books

You'll never have to leave your favorite titles behind. With Kindle Paperwhite 3G, you can keep your entire library at hand wherever you go.

Thinner Than a Pencil

Kindle Paperwhite 3G features a slim design. At just over third of an inch, it is thinner than a pencil.

Lighter Than a Paperback

Weighing only 7.8 ounces, Kindle Paperwhite 3G weighs less than a typical paperback.

Books in Under 60 Seconds

Shop Amazon's expansive selection, choose a title, and begin reading in seconds. Our fast, free wireless delivers books fast - no computer required.


Exclusive on Kindle, explore the "Bones of the Book". With a single tap, see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest.

Adjustable Text Sizes

Design your own perfect reading experience by customizing the text size to suit your tastes and reading comfort. Choose from eight text sizes to prevent tired eyes and keep you reading longer.

Hand-Tuned Fonts

All six fonts on Kindle Paperwhite 3G have been hand-tuned at the pixel level for maximum readability and comfort. High resolution allows for unprecedented sharpness and elegant typeface options including Baskerville and Palatino.

Bookmarks and Annotations

Add your own notes to the text just like writing in the margins of a book. Edit, delete, and export your notes. Highlight and clip key passages.

Notes and Sharing

Share highlighted sections, notes, and meaningful quotes on Facebook and Twitter directly from Kindle Paperwhite 3G without leaving the page. See passages frequently highlighted by other Kindle readers to discover interesting and meaningful passages in your books.

Real Page Numbers

We match the pages of a Kindle book to the text in a print book to identify the corresponding "real" page number. Easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class.

Read with One Hand

Lighter and thinner than a paperback, you can comfortably hold Kindle Paperwhite 3G in either hand for long reading sessions without fatigue or discomfort.

Fast, Easy Page Turns

EasyReach tap zones on Kindle Paperwhite 3G's responsive touchscreen let you tap lightly to turn pages. No need to swipe or use two hands for fast, seamless page turns.

Free Library Backup

We automatically back up your entire Kindle library in the cloud so there's never a worry about losing your books. Re-download wirelessly anytime for free.

Organize Your Library

Organize your Kindle library into customized collections, or categories, to easily access any book you are looking for. You can add an item to multiple collections to make organizing and finding titles even easier.

Carry and Read Personal Documents

Kindle makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. E-mail documents - including Word, PDF and more - directly to your Kindle and read them in Kindle format. Delivery via Wi-Fi is free; 3G wireless delivery of personal documents may require an additional charge, and is not available in all countries. For more information, see Wireless Terms and Conditions. You can also send documents to Kindle Paperwhite 3G using Send to Kindle.

Time to Read

Time to Read helps you know how long it will take to finish a chapter or book. Time to Read is personalized based on your reading speed and is constantly updated as your speed and habits change. With Time to Read, it's never been easier to decide when to start a new chapter or finish the chapter you're reading.


Our Whispersync technology synchronizes your last page location, bookmarks, and annotations across all your devices so you can pick up exactly where you left off reading.

Search Wikipedia and the Web

Kindle makes it easy for you to search. Enter a word or phrase and Kindle will search every instance across your Kindle library, in the Kindle Store, on Wikipedia, or the Web using Google search.

WebKit-Based Browser

Kindle Paperwhite 3G's experimental web browser is based on WebKit. It's easy to find the information you're looking for right from your Kindle Paperwhite 3G. Kindle Paperwhite 3G enables you to connect to the Kindle Store and access Wikipedia - all over 3G or Wi-Fi. Experimental web browsing on other websites is only available over Wi-Fi.

Built-In Dictionary with Instant Lookup

Kindle Paperwhite 3G includes The New Oxford American Dictionary with over 250,000 entries and definitions for free. Instantly look up the definition without ever leaving the book.

Instant Translations

Tap any word or highlight a section to instantly translate into other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and more. Translations by Bing Translator.

Works in Your Language

Kindle Paperwhite 3G can be used in English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. You can easily select the language that you are most comfortable with, and enjoy instant dictionary lookups in any of these languages.

Global Content Support

Kindle Paperwhite 3G supports the display of non-Latin characters, so you can read books and documents in your favorite language, including enhanced support for Japanese and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional). Kindle Paperwhite 3G also displays Korean, Cyrillic, Latin, and Greek scripts, and provides free access to several international dictionaries.

Supports Children's Books and Comics

Kindle Paperwhite 3G supports children's books with Kindle Text Pop-Up, and comic books with Kindle Panel View which allows you to read a comic book panel by panel.

Shop Wirelessly

Access the Kindle Store wirelessly from Kindle Paperwhite 3G. Search and shop the world's largest selection of books that people want to read, plus magazines, newspapers, blogs, and games. Amazon auto-delivers all your purchases in seconds.

Personalized Recommendations

Kindle Paperwhite 3G makes it easy to discover new titles with recommendations personalized just for you. The Kindle Store uses the same personalized customer experience you're used to across, matching our best recommendations to your personal reading habits.

Games and Applications

Take a break from reading to enjoy a selection of great games and applications specially designed for Kindle, like Every Word, Grid Detective, and My Checklist.


Shop and subscribe to your favorite magazines and newspapers, such as Vogue, Newsweek, and The New Yorker, from Newsstand. New editions are auto-delivered wirelessly direct to your device the second they go on sale.

Millions of Books

The Kindle Store contains the largest selection of books people want to read, including over a million titles less than $9.99. We work directly with publishers to get the latest bestsellers, biggest new releases and titles most popular with tens of millions of Amazon's book customers.

Special Offers and Sponsored Screensavers

Love deals? You'll receive special offers and sponsored screensavers directly on your Kindle Paperwhite 3G. Offers display on the Kindle Paperwhite 3G screensaver and on the bottom of the home screen while not in use - they don't interrupt reading.

Parental Controls

Parental Controls allow you to restrict access to the Kindle Store, Cloud, and Experimental Web Browser so you can give Kindle Paperwhite 3G to a child worry-free.

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Beautiful Design, Perfect Fit

Engineered to perfectly fit your device. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G cover features a premium textured leather exterior and a subtle woven nylon interior to provide the lightest and thinnest form of protection. The integrated magnetic clasp ensures your cover will remain securely closed while in a backpack, purse, or briefcase.

Auto Wake and Sleep

The cover automatically wakes your Kindle Paperwhite 3G upon opening and puts your device to sleep when closed, making it easy to dive right back into your book.

Whispercast for Kindle

Whispercast is Amazon's free online tool that helps your school or business manage a deployment of Kindle devices and wirelessly distribute content. Centrally manage your Kindle devices and send eBooks and documents to your students, employees, or customers with ease.

Kindle at School

Kindle excites students about reading. The same great features that help you lose yourself in a book on Kindle translate seamlessly to the classroom, helping students learn to read or study more effectively. Learn more about Kindle at school

Technical Details

DisplayAmazon's 6" Paperwhite display with patented built-in light, 212 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale
Size6.7" x 4.6" x 0.36" (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm)
Weight7.8 ounces (222 grams)
System RequirementsNone; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content
On-Device Storage2 GB internal (approximately 1.25 GB available for user content). Holds up to 1,100 books
Cloud StorageFree cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery LifeA single charge lasts up to eight weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light and wireless usage
Charge TimeFully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable
3G ConnectivityHSDPA modem (3G) with a fallback to EDGE/GPRS; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide wireless coverage via AT&T's 3G high-speed data network in the U.S. and partner networks outside of the U.S. See Wireless Terms and Conditions
Wi-Fi ConnectivitySupports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Content Formats SupportedKindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
DocumentationQuick Start Guide (included in box) [PDF]; Kindle Paperwhite User Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF]. Additional information in multiple languages available online
Warranty and Service1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here
Included in the BoxKindle Paperwhite 3G, USB 2.0 charging cable, and Quick Start Guide

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
136 of 152 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy upgrade over prior models but light is not even October 2, 2012
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While I think this is a worthy upgrade over prior versions of the Kindle, there is some unevenness of the light which is most noticeable when in a pitch dark room. The light is not very uniform although still the best lighted e-ink available. There are green and pink patterns to the light. This is something that I think can be improved maybe with a software update and certainly in a future model

I wish the light was a bit more even however I recognize this is a first generation lighted Kindle. Hopefully this improves with future models.

The built-in light is still better than any external clip-on light or lighted cased I've used on other Kindles in the past.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but... November 14, 2012
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My first Kindle was a Kindle 2. I liked it a LOT. In fact, if it had a backlight like the Paperwhite, I'd still be using it. But, I got tired of trying to keep track of my external booklight.

There have been a number of reviews here that have touched on just about all of the characteristics of this device, so I'll only mention the ones that I found important.

There were two reasons why the Paperwhite appealed to me enough to buy one: the size and the backlight. Coming from the Kindle 2, I find that I really like the size a lot. The 2 was just a little too much to hold comfortably for long periods of time. While the Paperwhite plus case isn't a total lightweight, it is quite a bit easier to use than the 2.

The backlight feature is also pretty nice. It is certainly not even close to what I expected from all the reviews and from Amazon's own promotional hype, but it works and I don't have to carry a booklight. I'm not sure I'd classify it as a winner, but I do enjoy having the feature. Like others, I am frustrated by the issues with the lighting at the bottom of the screen, but it is a small price to pay to be able to read anytime I want.

On the negative side, I truly and deeply dislike the touch screen for turning pages. Even with a modest thumb tap, I have to reposition my hand for each page turn. Not a lot, that's true, but I still have to do it. With the buttons on my 2, page turns were insanely intuitive and I never even thought about it. And even better, the "next" button was right under my thumb requiring only a tiny squeeze to move on to the next page. With this Paperwhite, I am forced to rest my thumb on one tiny strip of plastic between turns and hope that I don't accidentally slip and touch the screen.
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301 of 349 people found the following review helpful
By Barty
Configuration:Without Special Offers|Verified Purchase
I see the same issues with the screen that many others mention and am still deciding how much that matters to me for extended periods of reading. What really offends me, though, and clearly others too, is paying a premium to have no special offers and be free of advertisements only to find half the home screen in cover view taken up with book advertisements. It is dishonest on the part of Amazon. Ridiculous that one should have to enable parental controls to remove the advertisements and thereby preclude access to the store. Ridiculous that the cover view is made worthless. UPDATED 22 Feb 2013 This update is overdue. Amazon did issue a fix to provide the option to remove the advertisements and I hope they learned a lesson in the process. Now that is done and even though I wouldn't say the screen is 100% perfect, it is a five star product. So much better to use than even the last version of the Kindle. The backlighting may not be 100% perfect but it doesn't affect my enjoyment or reading, even over long periods.
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The Amazon Kindle team saysOctober 26, 2012
Thank you for your feedback.

We wanted to let you know that in the coming weeks, a free software update will be coming to Kindle Paperwhite. Among other features, we're adding a setting that will allow customers to control whether or not personalized recommendations appear on the device homepage.

We hope this information helps.

The Kindle Team
59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The First Time I've Ever Had to Return a Kindle October 20, 2012
By Deb
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Let me start by saying, I'm all about the Kindle. I currently own a Kindle 1, Kindle 3, Kindle DXG, Kindle Touch, Kindle Fire HD 7 inch and now a Kindle Paperwhite (have also owned a Kindle 2 and the original Kindle Fire). All are in good working order. Until early last year I ran a wiki page teaching owners how to add screensavers and fonts etc. to their Kindles (you can Google my screen name to find it). I am a Kindle Fan Girl.

That said, I have not had the best experience with my Kindle Paperwhite(s). In fact, this is the first time I've ever had to return a Kindle and I had to do it twice. I'm giving the Paperwhite a 3-star rating because the screen does not live up to the expectations Amazon led me to have.

Paperwhite #1 had diagonal stripes of greenish blue or bluish green which were very distracting when reading. More noticeable the brighter the light. It had to go back.

Paperwhite #2 is mostly bluish green with an amoeba like blob of pinkish beige just off center on the screen. It was better for reading than PW #1, but I opted to ask for another replacement hoping that the third time would be the charm.

Paperwhite #3 was similar to #1 but not as intense. It's as though the diagonal stripes were softer and less defined than those on PW #1.

I am keeping PW #2 as it is the least distracting of the 3. I'm a little disappointed that I'm not getting the PW with the beautiful screen that Amazon and the critics have praised. And I'm not sure that for me, I will ever find the "perfect" PW screen in this first generation. I've come to three opinions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Great
I definitely like the light - the screen is much easier on the eyes - and the notation at the bottom of the screen telling how many more minutes or hours there are to the chapter... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Jacqueline Arnold
4.0 out of 5 stars Paperwhite is an improbement
Love the paperwhite. It is much lighter then my previous kindle (2nd generation). It is easy to read and having the light in the kindle is super. Read more
Published 1 day ago by al
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Paper lite
I did not like it at all. My daughter sent it to me. I like my old one much better.

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Published 1 day ago by Phyllis Ferebee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
Waited a while to purchase an e-reader and bought this one after many weeks of research. Love the bright screen and the absolute ease of ordering books.
Published 2 days ago by Kaylan Brett
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven light at the bottom
Pretty good experience except for the uneven light at the bottom. It keeps reminding me that I'm reading on an electronic device. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jonathan P. Rosenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars ~I love it!
And I use it daily.... Really cool when getting sunshine and reading under the sun.. And: You have all your books with you..
I got the item on time! Thanks.
Published 2 days ago by ivana
3.0 out of 5 stars 3G is bogus!!!
I've recently had the Kindle Keyboard 3g and when my warranty ran out on that i purchased the kindle paperwhite 3g. Read more
Published 2 days ago by ciara washington
5.0 out of 5 stars I love my Kindle!
I did not think I would like it - I Love It! It is so nice to be able to read anywhere I go.
Published 3 days ago by Kathy Evenson
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as i expected
the page turning is a bit problematic. Sometimes when you hit the backpage it goes forward. Also when you go to the index and want to return to where you were if you dont remember... Read more
Published 4 days ago by G. Edgardo Mejia
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Paperwhite
I love not having to use a clip on light. Love the touch screen. Love being able to read anytime anywhere. Worry that when I turn it on it goes off and comes back on twice. Read more
Published 4 days ago by CAROL SMITH
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