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Kindle Paperwhite

Paperwhite Display, High Resolution, High Contrast, Built-in Light, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free 3G
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Unlike tablets, Kindle Paperwhite is designed to deliver a superior reading experience
  • No screen glare in bright sunlight
  • Read with one hand—over 30% lighter than iPad mini
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours
  • Built-in light—read without eyestrain
  • Try Kindle Unlimited for free—choose from over 700,000 titles. Try it free for 30 days. Learn more

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No glare in bright sunlight

Unlike reflective tablet and smartphone screens, the latest Kindle Paperwhite reads like paper—no annoying glare, even in bright sunlight.

Won't tire your eyes in the dark

Paperwhite guides light toward the surface of the display with its built-in front light—unlike back-lit tablets that shine in your eyes—so you can read comfortably without eyestrain. Adjust your screen's brightness for great reading in any light.

Charge monthly, not daily

Kindle Paperwhite won't leave you tethered to an outlet. A single charge can last up to eight weeks (based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at ten), unlike tablets that need to be charged each night.

Read comfortably with one hand

Thinner than a pencil, lighter than a paperback—and over 30% lighter than iPad mini. Comfortably hold Kindle Paperwhite in one hand for long reading sessions.

No distractions

Kindle Paperwhite is purposely designed as a dedicated e-reader. Indulge your love of reading without interruptions like email alerts.

Sharp, dark text

Enjoy text that reads like the printed page. All fonts have been hand-tuned at the pixel level for maximum readability and comfort.

Take and share notes

Add margin notes that you can edit, delete, or even export from your device to your computer. Share highlighted sections and meaningful quotes on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, and see passages frequently highlighted by other Kindle readers.

Flip through without losing your place

With Page Flip, you can skim page-by-page, scan by chapter, or skip to the end for a sneak peek without losing your place. Show me

Read comfortably in one hand

Lighter than most paperback books, comfortably hold Kindle in one hand for long reading sessions.

No distractions

Kindle is purposely designed as a dedicated e-reader. Indulge your love of reading without interruptions like email alerts or push notifications.

Look it up instantly

Smart Lookup integrates entries from The New Oxford American Dictionary with information from X-Ray and Wikipedia so you can access definitions, characters, settings, and more without leaving your page or losing your place. Show me

Share your library with family

New—Family Library links your Amazon account to that of your spouse or partner. For the first time, you and your family can access and easily share not only your own Kindle books, but also books from the Amazon account of a spouse or partner. Show me

Read more challenging books

New—Word Wise, available on many popular English language titles, makes it easier to enjoy and quickly understand more challenging books. Short and simple definitions automatically appear above difficult words, so you can keep reading with fewer interruptions. Tap on a word to bring up a simple card with definitions, synonyms, and more. You can adjust the number of hints you see with a simple slider. Show me

Learn more about a book before you start

New—With About This Book, see information about the book as you start to read, including its place in a series and author information, plus mark it as "Currently Reading" on Goodreads. Show me

Enhanced Search

New—It's even easier to find what you are looking for by combining and previewing results from your Library, Goodreads, and the Kindle Store on the same page. Show me

Carry your entire library

Kindle holds thousands of books, so you'll never have to leave your favorite titles behind.

In-line footnotes

With a single tap, read the complete text of each footnote without losing your place in the book. Show me

Never be without a book

Shop Amazonís expansive selection, choose a title, and begin reading your next book in under 60 secondsóno computer required.

Squeeze in that last chapter

See at a glance 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. Show me

Share with friends on Goodreads

With Goodreads on Kindle, you can connect with the largest online community of book lovers, see what your friends are reading, share highlights, and rate the books you read. With deeper integration, you can purchase books without leaving Goodreads on Kindle, and update your reading status more quickly from your device. Some Goodreads on Kindle features are only available when connected to Wi-Fi. Show me

Expanded X-Ray for books

X-Ray lets you explore the "Bones of the Book." See all the passages across a book that mention relevant ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places, or topics of interest. X-Rayís new timeline view lets you easily flip through notable passages to remind yourself of whatís happened in the book, or navigate easily through images. Show me

Enhance your vocabulary

Words looked up in the dictionary are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder to expand your knowledge and reinforce retention. Swipe through your vocabulary words, quiz yourself with flashcards, and instantly see those words in context. Show me

Adjust your text size

Choose from eight text sizes to prevent tired eyes and keep you reading longer. Show me

Organize your books

Arrange your books into custom categories by using Cloud Collections.

Pick up where you left off

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

Translate passages instantly

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

You've got to read it to believe it

We invited book lovers to try the new Kindle Paperwhite. Watch the video to see their reactions.

Try it risk free for 30 days

We think you'll love reading on Kindle Paperwhite, and we want you to experience it yourself. If you're not 100% satisfied, you can return it in new condition within 30 days.

Lowest book prices

Over a million titles are priced at $4.99 or less. Over 2 million titles are $9.99 or less.

Kindle Unlimited

With Kindle Unlimited, you can read as much as you want, choosing from over 700,000 titles. From mysteries and romance to sci-fi and more, freely explore new authors, books, and genres on any device for just $9.99 a month. Try Kindle Unlimited free for 30 days. Learn more

Exclusive Kindle titles

Over 600,000 Kindle exclusive titles that you won't be able to find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Ian Fleming, Oliver PŲtzsch, and Arthur C. Clarke.

Borrow from your public library

With our fast, free wireless delivery, borrow Kindle books from your public library and start reading on your Kindle. Learn more

Massive selection

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

Kindle MatchBook

For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases will allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. Learn more

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 a sample for free before you decide to buy.

Lend your books

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

Get books in seconds

Shop Amazon's expansive selection, choose a title, and begin reading in seconds. Download books in under 60 seconds—no computer required.

Borrow from your public library

With our fast, free wireless delivery, borrow Kindle books from your public library and start reading on your Kindle. Learn more

Lend your books

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

Connect wirelessly

New titles and archived items are a simple connection away. Connect easily to your home Wi-Fi network or Wi-Fi hotspots on the road.

Connect free at AT&T hotspots

Enjoy free Wi-Fi access at AT&T hotspots across the U.S.

Find a new favorite with Goodreads

Discover great books with Goodreads on Kindle, an integrated experience that makes it easier than ever to connect and share great reads with friends. Some Goodreads on Kindle features are only available when connected to Wi-Fi. Show me

Read on your smartphone, tablet, or computer

For those times when you don't have your Kindle with you, just download the Kindle app for your smartphone, tablet, or computer to read your Kindle books. Learn more

Never lose your place

Amazon's Whispersync technology remembers where you left off in a book, so you can seamlessly switch between your Kindle and the Kindle app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer without ever losing your place.

Fewer distractions, more reading

Kindle is designed for reading, which means zero distractions for kids. With Kindle, they can look up definitions as they read to build their vocabulary and increase the font size for easier reading. They can read thousands of books for free, including classics like Treasure Island and eBooks from your local library. And they can easily take their books with them without loading up a heavy backpack.

Read more challenging books

New—For kids reading their first chapter books, Word Wise, available on many popular English language titles, makes it easier to enjoy and quickly understand more challenging books. Short and simple definitions automatically appear above difficult words, so they can keep reading with fewer interruptions. Tap on a word to bring up a simple card with definitions, synonyms, and more. Kids can adjust the number of hints they see with a simple slider. Show me

Official e-reader of the PTA

Kindle and the National PTA are working together to help families get more involved in their children's reading and enhance their emerging interest in books. In support of this mission, the PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindleóis available to local PTAs around the United States. Learn more

Kindle in the classroom

The same great features that help adults lose themselves in a book on Kindle translate seamlessly to the classroom, engaging children and encouraging their interest in reading. Schools can centrally manage Kindle devices and send eBooks to students with Whispercast. Learn more

Power up their vocabulary

Kindle makes it easy for young readers to add new words to their vocabulary. Words looked up on Kindle are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder, where kids can quiz themselves with flashcards to reinforce new word retention. Show me

Kindle FreeTime

Encourage kids to read even more. Kindle FreeTime lets you create personalized profiles for kids, and give them access to titles from your collection of books. Kids are rewarded with achievement badges when they reach their goals. A progress report keeps parents updated on total time spent reading, number of words looked up, badges earned, and books read. Show me

Kindle FreeTime Unlimited

New—For as little as $2.99 per month, kids get unlimited access to hundreds of hand-picked chapter books and early readers, all curated for age-appropriateness, so parents donít have to spend time and money guessing what their kids will enjoy. Includes favorites such as the Harry Potter series, The Borrowers by Mary Norton, Big Nate and Friends by Lincoln Peirce, and Newberry Medal and Honor winning books such as The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, and Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott OíDell. Show me

Beautiful design, perfect fit

Designed to perfectly fit your device, the Kindle Paperwhite cover features a premium textured leather exterior and a woven nylon interior, providing light and thin protection. The integrated magnetic clasp keeps your cover securely closed in a backpack, purse, or briefcase.

Auto wake and sleep

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

Technical Details
DisplayAmazonís 6" Paperwhite display with exclusive Carta e-paper technology and next-generation 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)
Weight7.3 ounces (206 grams)
Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process
System RequirementsNone; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content
On-Device StorageHolds over 1,000 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
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); 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, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide

Wi-Fi

A Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Voyage with Wi-Fi is a great choice if you already have a high-speed internet connection and wireless router set up in your home. If you do not have Wi-Fi set up at home, a 3G model may be a better option—3G connectivity lets you download books anytime, anywhere.

Wi-Fi + free 3G

A model with Wi-Fi + free 3G is the easiest option because there is no wireless setup—you are ready to shop, purchase, and read right out of the box. Built-in free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that cell phones use, but there are no monthly fees or commitments—Amazon pays for 3G wireless connectivity. The added convenience of 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection. Your Kindle may use wireless connectivity to make other services available, such as wireless delivery of personal documents, which may require an additional charge. For more information, see Wireless Terms and Conditions

With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, 3G lets you download books anytime, anywhere, whether you're relaxing on a beach, halfway through a hike, or waiting on the tarmac. Check 3G coverage area

For U.S. customers traveling abroad, additional charges apply for wireless delivery of periodical subscriptions. To avoid any charges, you can always use a Wi-Fi connection or download items via your computer and transfer them to your Kindle using USB.

Some books may not be eligible for download over 3G wireless, including promotional content or where indicated on a book detail page.

Kindle Kindle Paperwhite Kindle Voyage
Shop now Shop now Shop now
Price Starting at $59.00 Starting at $99.00 Starting at $199.00
Screen Size 6" 6" 6"
Glare-Free Screen Yes Yes Yes
Built-in Light No
Yes
Yes
+ Adaptive light sensor
Page Turns Touchscreen
Touchscreen
Touchscreen
+ PagePress
Resolution 167 ppi 212 ppi 300 ppi
Connectivity Wi-Fi Wi-Fi or
Wi-Fi + Free 3G
Wi-Fi or
Wi-Fi + Free 3G
Battery Life Battery lasts weeks on a single
charge
Battery lasts weeks on a single
charge
Battery lasts weeks on a single
charge
Storage Holds thousands of books Holds thousands of books Holds thousands of books
Weight 6.7 oz (191 g) Wi-Fi: 7.3 oz (206 g)
Wi-Fi + Free 3G: 7.6 oz (215 g)
Wi-Fi: 6.3 oz (180 g)
Wi-Fi + Free 3G: 6.6 oz (188 g)
Dimensions 6.7" x 4.7" x 0.40"
(169 x 119 x 10.2 mm)
6.7" x 4.6" x 0.36"
(169 x 117 x 9.1 mm)
6.4" x 4.5" x 0.30"
(162 x 115 x 7.6 mm)
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Customize to your language

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

Read books in other languages

Kindle Paperwhite 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 also displays Korean, Cyrillic, Latin, and Greek scripts, and provides free access to several international dictionaries.

Follow along with page numbers

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

WebKit-based browser

Kindle Paperwhite's experimental web browser is based on WebKit. It's easy to find the information you're looking for right from your Kindle Paperwhite. Kindle Paperwhite enables you to connect to the Kindle Store and access Wikipedia, all over Wi-Fi.

Never lose a book

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

Carry and read personal documents

Email documents—including Word, PDF, and more—directly to your Kindle and read them in Kindle format. You can also send documents to Kindle Paperwhite using Send to Kindle.

Get special offers

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

Read childrenís books and comics

Kindle Paperwhite 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.

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.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
9,045 of 9,289 people found the following review helpful
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This is the fifth e-ink Kindle reader that I've bought. My wife and I were early adopters of Kindle, and when we buy a new Kindle, the old one goes to the next niece or nephew in line. I loved the original Paperwhite, with its small size, touch screen, front-lighting, and virtual keyboard. The all-new Paperwhite is a definite step up, and for me, it was worth the move, but others will have to decide for themselves. If you read a lot, and you don't already have one of the newer e-ink Kindles, it's definitely worth upgrading to the Paperwhite. If you have the original Paperwhite, the upgrade is well worth considering. Although I've only had the new Paperwhite a few hours, I'm already glad I upgraded. Here's a summary of my initial impressions of the new Paperwhite.

SIZE: It's the same size as the original Paperwhite - 6.7"x4.6"x0.36". The weight has been reduced slightly from 7.8 ounces to 7.3 ounces. The Paperwhite is very comfortable to hold in one hand, which is how I usually read. The really good news is that if you have a case for the original Paperwhite, it will also fit the new one (thank you, Amazon). If you buy a case, I highly recommend that the case include the magnetic AutoWake function. It's much easier to turn the Kindle on and off without fumbling for the small power switch.

LIGHTING: The front-lighting is noticeably improved over the original Paperwhite, which had slightly visible shadows coming from the bottom edge where the LED lights were located. (It didn't bother me, but some readers were annoyed by that.) I couldn't see any shadows in the new Paperwhite, where the lighting appears brighter and more uniform. With the Paperwhite's front lighting, you'll never need a clip-on light, even in total darkness.
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7,612 of 7,866 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new step forward for me in reading on my Kindle! September 30, 2013
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I have loved and used my Kindle Keyboard for years now but I missed not being able to read it in a room with low lighting or in the dark. I purchased a Kindle Fire and I also use an iPad 3 but for ease of reading on my eyes I prefer the Kindle Keyboard. I wanted to get a Kindle Paperwhite e-Reader but I held off until this new generation was released before I spent my money. I got this because I wanted to reduce my eyestrain from reading in the evening and I just love this new tablet. It offers the perfect balance of a lit screen with reduced eyestrain and high clarity and contrast of the text.

I have added a video of the Kindle Paperwhite compared to a Kindle Keyboard and a Kindle Fire. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I will try to answer them.

I love that the text on the screen is crisp and clear. I use the Kindle because my declining vision caused me to stop reading books. Reading was my number one hobby my entire life and I just loved it. The Kindle has brought back that reading experience and now with the crisper text and lit screen I can enjoy my reading in every type of environment. I laid my Kindle Keyboard and the New Kindle Paperwhite side by side and the comparison of the quality of text and clarity is amazingly in favor of the new Paperwhite. The new lighting system and screen clarity is where this Paperwhite design really is outstanding. With better contrast, lighting and custom designed fonts, the text just pops out of the screen like you have not seen in an e-Reader before. With 221 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) this screen provides a 768 by 1024 pixel screen that just makes the old Kindle Keyboard look old fashioned. Technology certainly does move quickly on.
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9,842 of 10,256 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good as a first Paperwhite, not worthy of an upgrade September 30, 2013
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This review is for the second generation Kindle Paperwhite. Like all kindle e-readers before it, this is a great product. However, I am a bit disappointed as there is not a huge improvement over last year's model. For this review, I focused on features and enhancements exclusive to the new Paperwhite and tried to make comparisons to last year's model. Also, I found somethings misrepresented or confusing in the advertising, so I will try to clear them up.

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Design - The Kindle white has a nice look and shape. It fits well and is easy to hold in one hand. It's fairly light, so it doesn't tire the hands too much. I can grip it for long periods before having to switching hands. Its design is very similar to the previous Paperwhite - almost identical. The height and width are the same, the buttons are in the same location, and although this version is slightly lighter, it is not noticeable.

Display - Although not a huge improvement from last year's model, the display is one of the best features of the Paperwhite. Like most e-readers, the Paperwhite uses digital ink technology. This model employs a more advanced version. In addition, the lighting has been upgraded, so among other things, it is more evenly lit. Together, they make for incredible viewing. In my opinion, it's one of the best digital ink e-reader display on the market. I really enjoy reading on it, text look very sharp and crisp, with little to no eye strain.

Processor - The Paperwhite has an upgraded processor, which means smoother page turns and navigation. I am able to open books, flip pages, and navigate menus fairly quickly. There is barely any lag as I flip through many pages at a time. Also, the flashing effect when turning pages shows up less if at all.
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