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Initial post: Sep 4, 2013 8:47:55 AM PDT
Dutchdummy says:
I just saw that the Japanese version of the new, upgraded Paperwhite has 4GB of storage instead of the measly 2GB that Amazon gives us here. Would I have any problems ordering the Japanese version? I'm assuming there would be an option for English text, but could I instead install the U.S. software to make it indistinguishable from the U.S. version? I already have a Paperwhite so I can use the micro USB cable from that, so I don't have to worry about the adapter, but are there differences between the units regarding voltage? In other words, can I damage it by plugging it into a U.S. outlet? And why won't Amazon give us 4GB or a micro SD card slot to begin with?

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Dutchdummy says:
Yeah, and if you buy two 25" television sets you'd have a 50" screen. But thanks for the helpful math.

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Posted on Sep 4, 2013 9:19:44 AM PDT
Artist says:
Unless you know someone in Japan who is willing to purchase it and send it to you (which is very expensive), you won't be able to buy a Paperwhite from the Japan site. It will just send you to the US site to purchase the device.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 9:23:37 AM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
>>> And why won't Amazon give us 4GB or a micro SD card slot to begin with?

To screw you over, of course. I can't imagine any other reason.

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Posted on Sep 4, 2013 9:34:58 AM PDT
Artist says:
"And why won't Amazon give us 4GB or a micro SD card slot to begin with?"

Did it every occur to you that Japanese language books take up lots more space than English or other Latin based languages do, so they need to provide more storage space/options? I looked at the book Jobs on the Japanese site, and the file size was more than 6 times larger than the English version.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 10:50:16 AM PDT
I doubt that it's file size of the ave text book. The Japanese site is stating that the 4GB can hold 4000 books, compared to the 1100 that the US site claims for it's 2GB. I suspect it's the much larger popularity of Manga over there then here. Those are much larger than text books and would require a lot more space.

As for the Steve Jobs book. Both the US and Japanese versions are 4343 KB. I think you were looking at the Manga version which is 27416 KB.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 10:52:06 AM PDT
Um...because ... maybe Japanese books take up more space because of the more complex characters? And I mean characters, not ...y'know... characters.

Legible, not literary. Characters.

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 1:44:20 PM PDT
Dutchdummy says:
I didn't ask why the Japanese version *needed* more space. I asked why Amazon didn't give 4GB to the U.S. version as well. After all, since they incorporated it into one they could have done so in the other. It's somewhat of a rhetorical question as it seems obvious that Amazon wants to force us to buy all our books from them & use their cloud storage. I know the Nook Simple Touch Glowlight has a card slot, but that device is clearly inferior to the Paperwhite. I may just give the Kobo Aura a tryout instead.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 2:04:59 PM PDT
New Girl says:
I do not work for Amazon so I can't speak for them but have you considered that they are aiming for a specific price point and 2GB is the best they could do to hit that price. I don't know how many Yen the Japanese paperwhite sells for but I would guess that they were able to put 4GB in and hit the price point they were aiming for.

I find it astonishing that so many people immediately go to the "the big corporation is trying to screw us" thought. I guess it is the mentality of the 99% generation that every business is out to get you.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 2:16:45 PM PDT
Artist says:
Whatever. You were asking people who don't have an answer to your question. Contact Amazon. They will send you a nice response thanking you for your suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 2:46:22 PM PDT
Perry says:
It used to bother me that the Paperwhite had less storage than previous models, but without audio support there really isn't any need for 4GB. The number of books required to fill 4GB will currently crash the Kindle OS and even choke their cloud storage. It's best to just keep a couple hundred books on the device and refresh the selection as you finish reading a few books.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:37:08 PM PDT
"I do not work for Amazon so I can't speak for them but have you considered that they are aiming for a specific price point and 2GB is the best they could do to hit that price."

That can't be the reason, really. Look up flash drives--2gb and 4gb run about the same price range. 8gb drives average $8 - $12 depending on maker.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 7:32:42 PM PDT
I don't understand the mentality of, "I must carry all my 937 books at all times!" WHY?? I was thrilled just to have the ability to keep a dozen on there. I mean, people certainly didn't carry around their bookcases, did they?

And several HUNDRED books in the palm of some people's hand still isn't enough?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 7:37:37 PM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
Can you imagine these people packing for a vacation?

"All my clothes, all my shoes, alllll my books... Honey, we'll need a moving van."

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 10:00:28 PM PDT
While I don't mind only being able to have 1100 books on my Kindle if I want to, *I* can't understand the mentality of buying such a device for $70 - $189 in order to keep a mere 12 books on it. <shrug>
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