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Kindle Paperwhite [Previous Generation]

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
  • 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 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'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 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'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 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 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 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 uses low-power LEDs, requiring very little power to evenly illuminate the entire screen.

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All the Books You Love

Lowest Book Prices

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

Kindle Matchbook

COMING SOON—For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases will soon allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.

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

Borrow From Your Public Library

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

Kindle Owners' Lending Library

Get More from Your Membership

In addition to Free Two-Day Shipping, Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited instant streaming of hit movies and TV episodes and can borrow popular Kindle books at no extra cost.

Kindle Owners' Lending Library - Read for Free

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.

Features

Holds Up to 1,100 Books

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

Built-In Wi-Fi

Kindle Paperwhite connects easily to your home Wi-Fi network or Wi-Fi hotspots on the road for quick, convenient access to books and content anywhere you can access Wi-Fi.

Free Wi-Fi at AT&T Hotspots

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

Thinner Than a Pencil

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

Lighter Than a Paperback

Weighing only 7.5 ounces, Kindle Paperwhite 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.

X-Ray

Exclusive on Kindle, explore the "Bones of the Book". With a single tap, see all the passages across a book that mention relevant 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 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 in either hand for long reading sessions without fatigue or discomfort.

Fast, Easy Page Turns

EasyReach tap zones on Kindle Paperwhite'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.

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.

Whispersync

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 Paperwhite 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. Kindle Paperwhite features an experimental WebKit-based browser to provide a better experience on your e-reader.

Built-In Dictionary with Instant Lookup

Kindle Paperwhite 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 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 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.

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. You can also send documents to Kindle Paperwhite using Send to Kindle.

Supports Children's 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.

Shop Wirelessly

Access the Kindle Store wirelessly from Kindle Paperwhite. 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 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 Amazon.com, 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.

Newsstand

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. Offers display on the Kindle Paperwhite 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 to a child worry-free.

Featured Accessories

Beautiful Design, Perfect Fit

Engineered to perfectly fit your device. The Kindle Paperwhite 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 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)
Weight7.5 ounces (213 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
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, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite 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, Kindle Paperwhite 3G may be a better option - 3G connectivity lets you download books anytime, anywhere.

Kindle Paperwhite 3G

Kindle Paperwhite 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 Kindle Paperwhite 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, Kindle Paperwhite 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 download items via your computer and transfer them to your Kindle using USB or a Wi-Fi connection. See details


Customer Reviews

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15,994 of 16,275 people found the following review helpful
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So far, I love my new Paperwhite Kindle. I've been using an aging keyboard Kindle 2, waiting for a version with a built-in light like this. Amazon really got it right with the light on this one.

The high resolution screen is noticeably easier to read, and the user interface is well thought out.

The form factor is also an amazing improvement. I like the tactile feel of the Kindle's back, although I'm awaiting shipment of Amazon's leather case because I like to take my Kindle everywhere and this device feels small and delicate, and I've liked the old Amazon leather case on my old Kindle.

The one thing keeping me from giving this product a 5-star review is a software issue that really irks me: I paid the extra $20 to have a Kindle without advertising, yet the entire bottom half of the home screen in cover view is taken up with Amazon's recommendations for me to buy new books. This is advertising, and it is totally unacceptable in a product that costs extra just to avoid advertising. Targeted advertising is still advertising, and there's not enough space on this screen to make any amount of advertising okay with me.

If I ever want to see what Amazon recommends for me, I'll visit the Amazon Store and look myself. The end result of this unsolicited advertising on my home screen is that I have to scroll past it to see more than three of the titles on my device, whereas if the ad was gone, I could see six titles right away on the home screen. Given the way the Kindle's user interface is designed, going to the home screen is necessary to get just about anywhere else, so this advertising block causes me to have to scroll past it over and over again, gumming up my otherwise smooth user experience on the device.
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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.

Thanks,
The Kindle Team

Edit - We delivered this software update in early November 2012 as an automatic download when you are connected to Wi-Fi. The option to turn off Recommended Content can be found under Menu > Settings > Device Options > Personalize your Kindle. You can download the latest software update for Kindle Paperwhite here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-5?ie=UTF8&nodeId=201064850&qid=1352570642&sr=1-5.

Thank you again for your feedback.
5,778 of 6,005 people found the following review helpful
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I have been using the Paperwhite exclusively for reading for two weeks now vs. my other Kindles, and I am writing this review from the perspective of being a long-time Kindle user vs. someone brand new to the Kindle experience as well as in direct comparison to the Kindle Touch, which the Paperwhite replaced.

From an overall standpoint, and considering everything you get (compact e-Reader,touch screen, lighting system), the Paperwhite is a very good e-Reader. I am amazed at how much smaller these e-Readers can become with each new generation yet still not feel like you're losing anything from a "feels like a book" experience.

To address the reading experience, I wasn't sure what to expect with the display. Needless to say, the text on the screen is much more crisp than any of the other version of an e-Ink Kindle I have used, and just to ensure I wasn't being biased I put the Paperwhite next to a Kindle 3 / Keyboard, a Touch, a "regular" Kindle, and a Kindle DX - all on the same page of a book with the covers removed (didn't want the cover to give an optical illusion or anything) - and you can clearly see a better quality in terms of the fonts.

Reading at night is a good experience with the lighting display in comparison to the other versions of Kindle because you don't need an additional light that can get in the way: it didn't disturb, for example, my wife who likes to watch TV in a dark room. It was also very convenient on a plane ride at night as I was able to see the full page of the text vs. a light attachment only reaching most of the screen: there are no impediments to the reading screen.
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3,778 of 3,989 people found the following review helpful
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OVERALL USE
The reading experience on the Paperwhite is excellent. The Paperwhite is much more enjoyable to use than the Kindle Touch or the Kindle Keyboard, thanks mostly to the display (more on that below). The Home button from the Touch has been removed, and you now navigate to the menus by touching the top of the screen. Like the Touch, there are no physical page turn buttons. If you want to advance the page, you either swipe, or press the middle/right hand side of the screen (most of the display area is set up to advance the page). To go back a page, you press anywhere on the left 20% of the screen. To access the menu, you press the top 10% of the screen. Contrast for the display can quickly and easily be adjusted with two taps, so it can be brightened or darkened without a lot of menu navigation. There are still eight font sizes like previous generations had, but instead of just three typefaces, you now have six (Baskerville, Caecilia, Caecilia Condensed, Publisher Font, Futura, Helvetica, and Palatino). Publisher Font lets you use the book publisher's embedded font. None of the books I have tried out yet have this option, but I can see how it can provide them with a lot more flexibility. The additional fonts, along with the ability to adjust line spacing and margins, make it much easier to read books that a publisher formats poorly to begin with (as anyone who struggled with the early edition of 'Game of Thrones' can attest to).

The menu system is a bit improved over the Touch.
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