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Kindle Fire vs Kindle Paperwhite for book reading

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Initial post: Sep 8, 2012, 4:04:09 AM PDT
Bill King says:
Does the Kindle Fire HD offer the same book reading experience as the original Kindle or is the Paperwhite better suited?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012, 4:13:00 AM PDT
Loz says:
The Fire is a tablet, so will be like reading on a computer or a phone. The paperwhite will be like reading a paper book...

Posted on Sep 8, 2012, 4:17:34 AM PDT
S. Prewitt says:
Also, the lighter weight of a dedicated ereader makes reading much more pleasant.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012, 4:19:38 AM PDT
Loz says:
Yes, forgot to mention that! I can read for hours on my kindle (keyboard) but would struggle on a tablet.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012, 4:25:35 AM PDT
Bill King says:
Thanks LozInOz and S. Prewitt. Very helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012, 4:26:08 AM PDT
Loz says:
No worries. Good luck with whichever you decide to purchase. :)

Posted on Sep 12, 2012, 7:55:14 AM PDT
marlizteach says:
Any chance improvements on paperwhite coming before Christmas?

Posted on Sep 12, 2012, 8:04:04 AM PDT
Ariel says:
I actually have both, I use them for different purposes...the new kindle paperwhite allows for night reading too which was lacking compared to the kindle fire, but the paperwhite is excellent for outdoors, lightweight, and battery life, ...but no internet browsing, mainly books for reading. That is why I have both :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012, 8:06:09 AM PDT
What improvements? The Paperwhite hasn't even shipped yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012, 8:19:39 AM PDT
marlizteach says:
My question is from past buyers of Amazon's Kindles, how fast do you think they will be at making improvements based on the new owner's of PaperWhite's suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012, 8:26:25 AM PDT
I'm still not sure I understand what you are asking. The things that are not available on the Paperwhite, such as Text To Speech, is a hardware issue. There is no way to update or improve the current Paperwhites being sold to include it.

That is really the only thing I can think of, that you may be talking about.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012, 8:28:29 AM PDT
marlizteach says:
Thank you. I was referring to a new production line in a few months with some items tweaked called the Paperwhite II. You are right..what's done is done for now until the new version comes out.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012, 8:29:35 AM PDT
marlizteach says:
That was my feeling! ...if they will send books to both Kindles.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012, 8:30:38 AM PDT
Cyndie says:
With one click, you choose which device to send it to but if you then go to Manage My Kindle page, you can choose to also send a particular item to another device.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012, 8:36:57 AM PDT
Amazon currently is waiting 12 months between releases. I doubt they'll make changes again within 1-2 months after release...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012, 9:00:27 AM PDT
January says:
The Kindle Fire will be like reading on a mini computer screen -- back lit, good for reading in the dark by never in bright sunlight.

The Kindle Paperwhite is like reading a book -- e-ink with no glare, built in light for reading in the dark, (no reviews on how well that works, but you can always use a lamp!), perfect for reading outdoors on a sunny day.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012, 9:08:01 AM PDT
Kindle Fire, iPad and other tablet computers are not designed for reading 300 pages book. Their LCD screens would give you an eyestrain. Kindle Paperwhite is more appropriate for that purpose.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012, 1:20:04 PM PDT
marlizteach says:
thanks...I have noticed eyestrain on the Fire.

Posted on Mar 29, 2014, 4:51:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 29, 2014, 4:55:03 PM PDT
Billy B says:
I have a few Kindle readers (Kindle 2 and Paperwhite 2). I also have a Nook Tablet (Very similar to Kindle Fire). The Tablets are just small laptop screen devices running Android. Thus, they run Apps as well, just like your phone.

I can read on my Tablet. No problem indoors or in bed at night. I can Web Surf and Check Email easily. I can read Magazines IN COLOR and they look spectacular. It's the perfect device for an all in one device IF you are not going to be reading outdoors in bright sunlight a lot. OR, if you MAIN GOAL is to simply read books once in a while and like reading magazines in color, all while having the option to web surf, check email, and run apps for Facebook/Twitter, etc.

If I were going to just read, I'd use my Paperwhite 2. It's crisper, easier on the eyes, and is made for READING. No color, no web browsing, no email, no apps.

But I have both. Just because I want to do everything I have outlined above.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2014, 4:53:51 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
This is a 2 year old thread.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014, 1:27:46 AM PST
This is real helpful thread, even after 2 years!

Posted on Mar 15, 2015, 8:40:41 AM PDT
I want to read books AND listen to audio books. Which is the best choice?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2015, 9:59:51 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
The Kindle Fire models are currently your ONLY option if you want audio. None of the current e-Ink Kindles have audio.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2015, 10:31:47 AM PDT
Beavis says:
I like my Paperwhite so much better for reading. I use my phone for audio books. Some people who don't have a smartphone just get a cheap mp3 player to listen to their audiobooks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2015, 6:29:00 PM PDT
Charlie says:
Nothing beats eink Kindles like the Paperwhite and Voyage for reading black and white books that are primarily text.

If you want to read books that have color, pictures, maps, charts, or things like equations that have been formatted as images, then the best device is a tablet like the Kindle Fire or Apple iPad, or Android tablet.

The tablets are also suitable for playing audiobooks. The eink Kindles now being sold do not have audio capability.
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