A new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite with a brighter six-inch screen—scratch resistant—is pre-orderable today.
U.S. release date, probably in the same in many other countries, is November 7.
- “The all-new Kindle Paperwhite is $129.99 for the 8 GB model and $159.99 for the 32 GB model. The 32 GB with free cellular connectivity is $249.99. ” The basic 8GB model offers twice the storage of the earlier equivalent.
- Bathtub proof. IPX8 rating. Technically, this model is not absolutely waterproof, but for the fast majority of users, the extent of water resistance will suffice.
- Ten percent brighter and thinner screen—scratch resistant.
- Five-LED screen.
- 300 ppi.
- Adjustable bold option. Thank you, Amazon.
- Kindle 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, native PRC format; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP (converted).
- Audible available through BlueTooth-paired headphones or speakers.
- Wi-Fi: 6.4 oz (182 g); Wi-Fi + 4G LTE: 6.8 oz (191 g).
- 6.6″ x 4.6″ x 0.32″ (167 x 116 x 8.18 mm). Billed as “the thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet.”
- No charger included. $20 option.
- Single charge lasts for weeks.
Will you be ordering one? Why or why not? I’ve already ordered the basic model.
Still AWOL, alas: Text to speech for nonblind users. And when, oh when, will Amazon give us native ePub? What’s more, wouldn’t it be wonderful for a BlueTooth connection to work with a keyboard for searching? Or—in the case of users with disabilities—with a mouse or other accessory for turning pages? I totally agree with Michael Perry’s disability-related suggestions.
Direct link to news release: Here. Some info from it: “Customers can also purchase a cover with a thin design that snaps perfectly onto the all-new Kindle Paperwhite. The cover opens like a book, automatically waking the device when opened and putting it to sleep when closed. Choose from three materials in a variety of colors: a premium leather cover for $59 in rustic; leather covers, all $39, in black, merlot, punch red, and indigo purple; and water-safe fabric covers, all $29, in charcoal black, canary yellow, and marine blue…”
PC Magazine review by Sascha Segan: Here. “The Paperwhite now becomes, by far, the cheapest mainstream waterproof ereader. I mean, maybe there’s some obscure European brand out there, but your main alternatives are the $179 Kobo Aura H2O, more expensive Kobo models, and the $249 Kindle Oasis. That’s going to matter for a lot of people, especially for beach and bath readers.”
CNBC writeup: Here.
The Verge review: Here. The reviewer laments the lack of page-turn buttons. I agree, especially since new basic model of the Paperwhite costs $10 more than the old. Yet another omission is the ability to change the color of the front light and minimize blue rays, which can disrupt sleep.
Related: Pre-ordering has started for the eight-inch Kobo Forma reader, about which we wrote here and here (second link is for Chris Meadows’ s review). Forma not only works with the Kobo bookstore but also is also tightly integrated with libraries using the OverDrive service.
Sigh, I had some criticisms ready to go, David, but you’ve touched on all but one. It makes little sense to create a device for audiobooks that’ll play for many hours longer than almost every Bluetooth headset. This one needs a traditional audio jack like my now ancient Kindle Keyboard, which by the way was the last Kindle to have text-to-speech. You can find them on eBay for $25 and up.
Text-to-speech proved marvelous years ago when a ski-accident induced bout of sciatica left me incapacitated for several days. I was so miserable even reading was too much, so I lay in bed miserable but at least not bored thanks to that Kindle. Take it from me, you do not want to get sciatica. Fortunately, in my case it hasn’t recurred.
Whoops – I also agree with you about the audio jack, Michael. I should’ve mentioned that one as well. I’m glad you got over the sciatica. My late wife had it. Nope, not fun.
I got mine and I’m happy. I already have a Kobo Aura One for two years now but for me it counts a lot the waterproof and the screen of max 6 inches.
What I do not like at all is the futility of the audio function that can not be used except with AUDIBLE audiobooks …