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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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.
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.
If this was a smartphone or tablet, and I want to store a bunch of movies, music, games, etc locally for speed/bandwidth purposes then of course SD cards rule. My tablet and phone both have 32GB microSD cards installed. But I have found that with my singular-purpose Kindle e-reader, I just don't need an SD card.
I'm not sure if the white speck comment was meant seriously. The white specks are part of the lighting technology.
I do have problems with my touchscreen. I often have to restart it multiple times before the screen becomes responsive. Mine's only a few months old.
Fortunately, I am the kind that likes to have control over what I have purchased, in this case, books. I have plenty of books that are not from Amazon, and I have books from Amazon. If my device is destroyed I can always get my books back from my PC where they're saved on a drive, and copy the whole library on the SD card., as opposed to waiting for the downloads. To me, convenience is having access to my library without needing to be online for that.
Also, what happens when Amazon gets in a pi$$ing contest with an author/another publisher or some other entity over distribution rights? They can always pull the book(s) from the library, and voila! Puff, it's gone from yours as well. Remember "1984" debacle (I believe it was that book)? It can always happen again.
Yes I was, I just sent a picture to amazon support, they agree it's defective.