Amazon up to date its finest worth Kindle with among the coveted options present in its high-end, $249 Kindle Oasis. The brand new Kindle Paperwhite introduced at the moment has a thinner, lighter design that is now waterproof, making it the primary Kindle apart from the Oasis to have an IPX8 ranking.

Amazon final up to date the Kindle Paperwhite in 2015, giving it a greater display with out elevating its value. Now, the most recent Paperwhite seems to be a mixture of the previous mannequin and the now-defunct Kindle Voyage (the latter disappeared from Amazon’s website a couple of month in the past). It has a 6-inch, 300ppi contact show with 5 backlighting LEDs, and the brand new display is now flush with the black bezels round it. It is nonetheless a black slab, however now it is simply eight.18mm thick and weighs simply 6.four ounces.

The waterproofing means customers can learn on the seaside, within the tub, and round water usually and never fear concerning the security of their Kindle. Additionally just like the Oasis, the brand new Paperwhite has Audible integration so customers can pair a Bluetooth headset and take heed to audiobooks from the gadget itself.

It is a handy function for avid readers and audiobook listeners, and it’ll additionally probably assist Amazon’s Whispersync enterprise. When a consumer buys both the Kindle or Audible model of a ebook, Whispersync lets them purchase the accompanying e-book or audiobook at a reduced value. Those that wish to commute between the e-book and audiobook model of a narrative might find yourself utilizing Whispersync extra now that Audible integration is out there on a extra reasonably priced Kindle.

However the brand new Paperwhite is not precisely just like the Oasis—the latter has a 7-inch show and a unique design, in addition to an adaptive mild sensor, page-turn buttons, and extra shade choices. Like all Kindles, the brand new Paperwhite has a battery able to going weeks at a time between costs.

Amazon additionally introduced some software program adjustments that will probably be out there on the brand new Paperwhite. The corporate up to date the Kindle homepage to incorporate simpler methods to seek out books chances are you’ll need to learn primarily based in your studying historical past, in addition to stats about your studying habits. Customers can even have the ability to make custom-made studying settings like font, boldness, and orientation to allow them to simply change between studying profiles when obligatory.

Amazon dominates the e-book and e-reader market, but it surely does have new competitors within the US from Kobo and Walmart. Incorporating some premium options into the brand new Paperwhite, Amazon’s best-selling Kindle gadget, solely makes it higher in a position to climate the competitors from Kobo e-readers just like the Clara HD.

The brand new Kindle Paperwhite is out there for preorder at the moment beginning at $129 for an 8GB mannequin. Amazon additionally gives a $159, 32GB mannequin and a $249, 32GB mannequin with included mobile connectivity. The 8GB fashions will ship beginning November 7, with the upper storage fashions transport someday within the coming months.

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