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Paperwhite screen size too small and too many pages?


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Initial post: Jan 30, 2014, 3:57:24 PM PST
Bob says:
The normal hardback book size that I read is about 9 inches or so diagonally. On looking at the Paperwhite screen of about 6 inches, that is the same as a small (diagonally) paperback. Assuming the same font size for both, does that mean a hardback book of say 300 pages would become 450 pages on a paperwhite? I know the font can be shrunk but it seems that the amount of normal sized text on one page of a paperwhite would mean more 'pages'. The font size in a hardback book suits me just fine. Reading one of those paperbacks with very small font size is annoying and I've no desire to do so on a paperwhite. I'd have thought a screensize of 8 or 9 inches would be more practical and appeal to those who want an ereader to duplicate the reading experience as closely as possible.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2014, 4:03:44 PM PST
MikeJW says:
So, whatever you do, Ian, don't buy one. Otherwise, you'll come here and whine to us about it. Oh, excuse me, I see that you already came here to whine.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2014, 4:05:10 PM PST
You can adjust the font size in the books to suit your eyes. There are at least 8 different sizes.

I have no problems reading on the 6" screen - have been doing it for over 3 years now.

Are there any stores near you that sell Kindles? If yes, try them out for yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2014, 4:08:58 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2014, 4:11:08 PM PST
Bob says:
I have seen them and want to stay with a 'normal' font size, but hard to judge them without using. Any idea about the increase in number of pages (or less text on a digital page vs hardback)?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2014, 4:11:36 PM PST
Miss Carol says:
But since you said in your post that they're the size of small paperbacks - that means they ARE the size of some published books. My screen (e-ink Kindles have had the same size screen over all) is bigger than my smallest published paperbacks and smaller than most of my hard cover books. But it's immaterial because you can adjust the size of the type to any size that works the best for you - can in fact change the size whenever you feel like it. Since the pages turn seamlessly, most people don't even really notice how many pages there are in a book.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014, 4:12:24 PM PST
Amazon used to have the Kindle DX which had a larger screen - more like a hardcover novel - it apparently was not popular enough, so they discontinued it - which points to the logic that the majority of buyers prefer the smaller easier to carry screen. That being said, if you are really concerned about screen size, you can still find DX's if you look

Posted on Jan 30, 2014, 4:16:24 PM PST
GnomeEd says:
Why not go to Best Buy and test drive one for yourself?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2014, 4:31:50 PM PST
Carbonbased says:
On an ebook's product page, it shows the number of pages very near the top, above the price. Further down, in the Product Details section, it will say what printed version the page count refers to. The number of screen changes it takes to get to the end of the book is entirely dependent on the size of the font YOU select. You just move your thumb and tap to turn screens, no arm movement needed.

The larger format DX may still be available at close-out prices. As Deanna says, it was not popular, cumbersome to hold and not handy to carry about.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2014, 5:25:21 PM PST
Bob says:
I know about the DX and if it had the same functionality as the paperwhite I'd get one. Unfortunately it lacks some of the paperwhites best features - night reading and sharpness of text to name two.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2014, 5:39:19 PM PST
PeepDittie says:
Two words -- landscape mode.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2014, 6:17:52 PM PST
The number of *pages* remains the same. I think what you're asking is the number of page TURNS, which of course, at an equivalent font on a smaller screen is higher. But what I think you'll find is that because the effort to turn pages is so much *less* on the PW, compared to the labor of holding a bft (big fat textbook), you won't even notice.

Reading on the PW is smooth & seamless.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014, 11:02:27 PM PST
Jay says:
Do page numbers, word numbers, etc, really matter that much? As long as the entire book is there, and you can adjust the font size to suit you and let you read it comfortably, what do page numbers matter? In paperback novels there are two, or three, fonts sizes in common use. On the Kindle, you can choose from 8 font sizes.

The 6 inch screened e-readers DO duplicate the reading experiences of most people...who tend to read ONLY paperback novels. In the world of DTB (dead tree books, paper books) reading there are many millions of people who never read anything BUT pocket sized paperbacks. When a news book comes out in hard cover, they pass it by. When it comes out in a large soft back edition, they pass it by. When it comes out in 'paperback' -pocket sized-they buy it. For these many millions of 'pocket sized paperback book only readers', the smaller Kindles DO duplicate their previous reading experience very closely. THAT is why the smaller Kindles sell so well compared to the larger DX model. YOU might prefer a bigger-hardback like-ereader...but you aint the world....or even just the USA.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2014, 11:29:44 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
the same logic could be applied to ebook prices - most people used to wait until the small paperback came out to buy a book and at the time this occurs the ebook price will also be reduced

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014, 12:20:06 AM PST
Stoneheart says:
get a DX then, its not a 6 inch screen

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014, 7:49:38 AM PST
Bob says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014, 7:51:57 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I wouldn't hold my breath on an updated DX. They didn't sell very well and have not been updated in a long time. Personally I think the Paperwhite is the perfect size. To each his own.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014, 8:08:59 AM PST
Miss Carol says:
Nobody thinks you're attacking anything - we're thinking it isn't going to happen. Blink when you swipe and by the time you're done, the page is turned. Since you blink anyway, there's no more loss of flow than when you do it during a page.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014, 8:19:45 AM PST
Not attacking at all, but rather suggesting that until you TRY the Paperwhite, you REALLY can't say unequivocally that it won't be enjoyable. Get one, try it, and if you don't like it, you can return it for a full refund within 30 days with no questions asked.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014, 8:26:38 AM PST
Bob says:
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Posted on Jan 31, 2014, 8:29:55 AM PST
but it was released well before the paperwhite came out...it was the comparable larger version of the kindle at the time - the K2 - if it didn't sell then with a comparable version being the only one on the market - then why do you think that it would sell with upgrades with a smaller comparable device (aside from you)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014, 8:30:59 AM PST
Stoneheart says:
i love my DX i like the keyboard and the page turn buttons, i dont want a device that has either, my DX is not like the ones that amazon originally offered, it has a new keyboard, it orients itself into landscape mode, much much better then the ones originally offered
: )

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