New Kindle Paperwhite Up for Preorder

Soon after Amazon announced the Kindle Paperwhite, the company copped to some limitations that early adopters had noticed in the device. Perhaps those issues will be addressed in Paperwhite 2.0? Because the device is on Amazon.com right now.

 

The device's appearance online seems to be a little ahead of schedule, as Amazon pulled the listing this morning. However, it seems the company has made peace with the early leak as the new Paperwhite is once again appearing on Amazon.com and is actually available for pre-order. The Kindle Paperwhite is priced at $119 with special offers or $139 without Amazon's deals.

So, what's different? Amazon is promising higher contrast, a 25 percent faster processor, and improved touch technology as well as some software improvements. These include Good Reads integration, which Amazon says is coming soon, Kindle FreeTime, which is aimed at getting kids reading more via a tracker and rewards system, and a new Page Flip feature that lets you skim page-by-page, scan by chapter, or skip to the end without losing your place. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any audio or text-to-speech, both of which were notably missing from the first Paperwhite. It also still has only 2 GB of storage, compared to the 4 GB of storage of other Kindle models.

The new Kindle Paperwhite will be available September 30, though Amazon is currently only taking pre-orders from customers in the United States. No word on a release date or pricing for the rest of the world.

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  • Meh. I have more books on my SD card than that 2GB available. Besides, I can switch my library from one device to another should I have the need to do it.
    The moment Amazon adds SD card support they'll get my money. As it is now, I am not paying for a crippled device just to support their copyright paranoia. Sorry.
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  • I have a kindle and don't mind not having expandable memory. A book is like 10 mb max, why would you need your whole collection all at once?
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  • Damned, this sure teaches a lesson about patience. I bought the kindle PW less than 1 month ago, maybe I should return it as defective(kindle quality control sucks, more than 35 sand grain sized white specks on my screen. Warning for new buyers, the screen often is defective), and cash in it as a new PW? I know it's unethical, but...it's not illegal.


    And just in case anybody from amazon is reading this, please give us the option to turn off autocomplete, that's slowing down typing significantly.
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