The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite was already arguably the best bang for your buck when it came to e-readers, due to its low cost, ease of readability and Amazon’s killer library collection. Sure, the Kindle Voyage is amazing; it packs a super high resolution, is super smooth to use and comes with tons of memory. It’s thin, it’s light, it’s bright it’s fast – all the ingredients to make it an e-reader’s dream. But those fancy ingredients come at a cost, and if you already have a high-end smartphone or tablet, spending nearly $300 on an e-reader can feel, well… excessive. So, never one to settle for less than the best, Amazon has revamped their affordable Paperwhite with some amazing new features that put it a whole lot closer to the offerings of the Voyage, but with that same $119 Paperwhite price tag.
From the outside, the new reader looks nearly identical to the previous Paperwhite – a bright, almost white glare-free display screen wrapped in simple, nearly featureless black plastic. The new model, however, packs “twice as many pixels” as the previous version and promises to deliver “laser quality text”. It will come pre-loaded with a new typesetting engine that Amazon promises will improve word hyphenation, spacing and character placement, and even do a better job with those drop caps. Plus, it will be able to handle large fonts more easily than its predecessor. But perhaps the most exciting aspect of the new Paperwhite is the introduction of a brand new font created by Amazon called Bookerly, a typeface that they claim is designed to make it easier to e-read. Crafted from the ground up for reading on digital screens, Amazon describes the font as “Warm and contemporary, Bookerly is inspired by the artistry of the best fonts in modern print books, but is hand-crafted for great readability at any font size”.
If all these updates have you worried about battery life, Amazon would like to put your mind at ease. Even the jump to a 300-ppi screen will not affect the Paperwhite’s already absurdly long promise of weeks of use from a single charge. And at only $119, the new updates may very well solidify its place as the best e-reader on the market for the price. The Paperwhite is set to ship on June 30th and is available for pre-order now, and is available with or without cellular data and Amazon’s advertisement offers. The WAN model without special offers, however, will set you back $209.
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