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.