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Kindle vs Paperwhite. First time user!

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Initial post: May 28, 2014 5:22:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2014 5:22:54 AM PDT
Missvi says:
hey guys

I am trying to decide between buying the regular kindle vs paperwhite. I have been reading books on my iPad and Laptop but they are starting to hurt my eyes. Is one way better than the other? Any advice on which one to get? There seems to be a good bit of price difference. And I'm getting confused as to which one would be more comfortable to read books on.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2014 5:28:11 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
The Kindle has no lighting of its own. It reflects external light just like a sheet of paper does, and therefore needs external lighting just as reading a paper book does. It is exactly as easy on the eyes as paper.

The Paperwhite provides that external lighting in the form of a fiber-optic layer that spreads the light from four tiny LEDs over the screen and bounces it off the surface, just as light bounces off the surface of a sheet of paper. Thus, it is just as easy to view as the regular Kindle, but needs no external light source.

The Paperwhite also features a touch screen and a number of more advanced reading features which make it, IMHO, the best device on the market for people who read a lot of books. The Kindle (aka "Basic") is also a fine device.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2014 5:29:04 AM PDT
CatChat says:
when you say "regular kindle" do you mean one of the fire tablets or another ereader. the fires vs paperwhite: the e-ink technology in the paperwhite (and any e-ink ereader) is better on the eyes and you can read in any condition. outdoors, low light, etc. The tablets are backlit and can cause eye strain and is almost impossible to read outdoors. the ereaders have "collections- the ability to organize your books.

now if you meant one of the more basic kindles vs paperwhite, well I only have fires and a paperwhite, so having no experience with the other ereaders I will let the many other regulars make their recommendations.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2014 5:33:49 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
One of the things we sometimes forget is that there is a product actually called just the "Kindle." That's the official name for what we usually refer to as the Basic. There has always been a "Kindle (just Kindle)." When the Kindle 3 (later "Kindle Keyboard") was the new model, it too was officially just the "Kindle."

Posted on May 28, 2014 5:34:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2014 5:35:21 AM PDT
I own and use both. There are two main differences. The PW has a lighted screen which is great for reading at night and in low light conditions. It uses a front-lit technology which doesn't create the sort of eye stain that many experience when reading on a computer or tablet screen. The lighting is adjustable and I love it.

Secondly, the PW is a touch screen device so all the controls, including page turns, are accessed by tapping or swiping the screen. Again, it works great and I've had no problems at all using the touch screen although I'm not fond of touch screens on some of my other devices.

The basic Kindle is just that, a basic but very functional e-reader. It has no light and uses physical buttons and controls. I actually prefer the page turn buttons on the basic but this preference is far outweighed by the convenience of the lighted screen on the Paperwhite and I use my Paperwhite as my default device for reading.

You really can't go wrong with either device. They're both great but if you expect to do much reading in low light conditions, it's definitely worth buying the PW.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2014 5:38:31 AM PDT
CatChat says:
I know, but there are enough people who think "kindle" refers to tablets, while there are just as many who think "kindle" refers to ereaders. that's why I explained there were both. I didn't want to just assume and not give the op what they were asking for.

Posted on May 28, 2014 6:24:30 AM PDT
Missvi says:
Thanks guys! I think maybe I'll go with paperwhite:) But one last thing there seem to be so many cases/covers for the paperwhite. Some are around $40 while others are around $10- $15. Is the more expensive that seems to recommended with the paperwhite better? Or do people generally go for a cheaper cover?

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2014 6:29:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2014 6:34:15 AM PDT
My recommendation is to hold off on the cover unless there's something on sale that you know you just have to have. Read naked for awhile and see if you feel the need to have a book-like cover, or if a sleeve is all you need for storage and transport.

ETA: if you decide you just want a sleeve-type case, this is the one I use and I highly recommend it. I don't think you can beat the deal on this, either.

Sony PRSACC/G Gold Clutch Case by Caselogic for Sony Digital Readers

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2014 6:58:18 AM PDT
CatChat says:
I prefer the rooCASE brand so this is what I got when I received my first paperwhite a couple of months ago:

rooCASE Cover for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - Ultra Slim Book for All-New Kindle Paperwhite 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light - MAGENTA (With Auto Wake / Sleep Cover)

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2014 7:24:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2014 9:04:27 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
I stopped buying expensive covers when I realized I was a Kindle addict (we have four now, plus a Fire HD) and also when I found that there were many low-cost covers that not only worked as well but also had more features than some of the more expensive ones.

Some features that I now wouldn't want to do without on my Paperwhite cover:

-Magnetic closure (puts PW to sleep when you close it; wake it when you open it)
-Stand (for propping it on a tabletop, great for reading while dining)
-Hand strap (lets you hold the PW without dropping it when laying on your side or even on your back, so you can look up at it)

I found that such cases were out there for under $20; this is the one I've been happy with: iGadgitz Brown PU 'Heat Molded' Leather Case Cover for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2012 & New 2013 versions 3G 6" Display Wi-Fi 2GB. With Sleep/Wake Function & Integrated Hand Strap

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2014 8:27:55 AM PDT
Norwenna says:
I'll second R. D. Clark. I wouldn't buy a case that didn't have a built-in stand.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2014 11:35:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2014 11:41:32 AM PDT
Jay says:
I have bought covers for as much as $39.95, and as little as $12.99, and all were rather similar, if not identical. Shop around, and get the cover when you get the PaperWhite, or even before. Covers are really meant to protect against dust, gentle bumps, low drops onto carpeted floors from beds, and so on. They are not going to protect against rough handling, being banged around a lot inside a backpack, or such. Treat your Kindle / PaperWhite gently, even when it is in a cover. I get a cover which is leather, or a leather simulate, usually with some foam, or cardboard, or such, sewn inside, for not a lot of money. Such basic protection, with my gentle handling, serves my devices well. Here is one I have on several of my devices:

MarBlue Vassen for Kindle Case, Blue (Fits Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle and Kindle Touch)

You can find it at various, used, and on sale.

Here is another cover I use:

Marware jurni Kindle Case Cover, Red (fits Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle, and Kindle Touch)

I like it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2014 10:46:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2014 10:57:05 PM PDT
GDabney says:
I have my Paperwhite in a case that I purchased for $10.99. It's a leather case with the auto on / sleep function that the official Amazon case offers for twice as much. I've had the case since Dec. 2013, it works as advertised, turns Paperwhite on when opened and puts to sleep when closed. I searched the Amazon site accessories for this case, and would have purchased the Amazon case if this one didn't work. Leather Smart Case Cover standar for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6 with Magnetic Auto Sleep Wake Function
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