EREeader Forbes
by james | 8:45 pm

Let’s take a look at Amazon’s 2016 Kindle Paperwhite which was released late June 2016.  I’m going to be focusing of it’s size, weight, the UI and usually the most important point, the price.

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Special features

There are a few features that I wanted to call out that may interest you. As mentioned earlier, the device comes in two formats – Wifi and 3G. If you decide to spend a little more for the 3G model you can download books in a 100 different countries, for free! This is provided by Whispernet. The downside is that it’s not actually that easy to work out which countries have Whispernet so I would recommend contacting Amazon support if there is a country you’re definitely wanting to travel to in order to use the service.

 

Another nice feature is that when selecting books, you can find more about the author before making a purchase, as well as any books in their series you may be interested in. This is a feature I’ve so far not seen on other devices.

 

One of my favourites is the time to finish chapter and book functionality. Personally I like to know how much a dent I’ve made in a book before I put it down. This is based on your average reading speed and constantly updates as you go.

 

For those of you who have kids, there’s a couple of features to take note of here. The device includes a set of achievement awards as you read, an inbuilt dictionary and a set of parental controls which ensures your little ones are reading thing’s they’re not quite ready for yet.

More details on the awards can be found here

 

 

 

Size

So Amazon have decided to go a slightly smaller size compared to other Ereaders which leads to a reduction in weight and the ability to fit the device in the palm of your hand. With dimensions of 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm), it is considerably smaller than the Kindle EReader Touch at 8.18” × 6.2” × 1.7” (208mm × 160mm × 43 mm). This does have the obvious advantage of more time enjoying your favorite book as you won’t feel the weight impact of the device, but with a reduced screen size, it does mean more pages to get through.

 

Accessories

Amazon has done a create job at providing a broad range of cases, sleeves and skins to make your Kindle Paperwhite your own. You can find some of my favourites on my [urlink id=”1071″] page

 

Weight

Depending on what device you go for (Wifi or 3G), the device weighs 205g or 217g respectively. For the added few grams to gain free 3G access to books in over a 100 countries, it’s definitely worth considering. Even with the heavier model, it still weighs less than the Kindle EReader Touch (340g). However, if weight is your priority then it might be worth considering the Kindle Oasis which comes in at 131g.

Display

Amazon have outdone themselves here with a 300 PPI screen which is a significant upgrade from their 2013 model (212 PPI). For those of you not in the know, PPI stands for Pixels Per Inch which means the more pixels you have, the better! To give you an idea about some other display resolutions out there, the [urlink id=”785″] has 265 PPI, whereas the [urlink id=”790″] has followed Amazon’s lead here by also going for a 300 PPI display. Some other nice features around the display are that it’s adjustable, to the point where you can actually read in the dark with it! Another added bonus is that it’s touchscreen which means more reading display and fewer buttons. [amazon template=image&asin=B00QJDO0QC]

User interface

The UI itself is easy to use, making it great for those buying their first EReader. An added bonus is that when you download the books, it includes the front covers, as if you had brought a hard copy of the book. I also appreciate Amazon’s integration with its kindle store for seamless purchase.

Formats it can read

The Kindle Paperwhite supports Amazon Kindle books (AZW format) and also gives you the ability to open MS Word docs and PDF’s which you can email to the device itself. As expected, it doesn’t support book formats which are not purchased from the Amazon store.

Price

The Kindle Paperwhite is priced at: [amazon-element asin=”B00QJDO0QC” fields=”ListPrice,new-price”] which is one of the cheapest on the market for the features it provides. Not afraid of splashing the cash? Then it might be worth going for a [urlink id=”784″] as it’s the lightest on the Market. It costs: [amazon-element asin=”B010EK1GOE” fields=”ListPrice,new-price”] 

 

 

What I like

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Personally I like the price for the l features you get (e.g. 3G option, features that help kids to read and the quality of the display). I also think Amazon have got the right idea in making it fit comfortably in one hand which reduces the strain of reading for long periods. Finally the adjustable screen is a big plus for those of you who like to do a little nighttime reading.

What I don’t like

There are a few downsides that bug me. Firstly, the ‘experimental’ web browser can definitely be viewed as a unnecessary bolt on. If you want to browse the web, use your phone! Ironically this browser was call experimental on the first generation Kindle I purchased many years ago. Looks like the jury’s still out on whether or not Amazon will keep it. There’s not also much difference from the 2013 model if you have it. So i would recommend sticking with that if your already have it.  The X-Ray function which allows you to search the entire book for a specific word or phrase does seem pretty pointless for those of you who just want to get lost in a book.

What Amazon Customers Are Saying?

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Customers  highlighted as I did that there’s not much difference between the 2013 model, other than the increased display resolution. That said they did say the resolution increase did make a dramatic improvement (though a side effect is decreased battery life). The few customers who did have issues with the device (screen fading etc) had swift support from the Amazon team which is a big plus. Overall people loved to rave about how good it was!

 

 

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For the price and spec the [urlink id=”780″] is a good all rounder device, especially if you want to get you kids into reading. Though I would recommend staying away from the experimental browser. If you’re looking for something a little more basic then I would recommend the Kindle Ereader at half the price.

Own a Kindle Paperwhite? I’d love you hear you feedback!

 

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Comments

B. A. Scott

Thank you so much for this very in-depth review. I’ve been sitting on the fence for a long time as to whether I should purchase one and you made me want to hop off and buy one.

I do have one question. Since Audible is part of Amazon, do you know if you can download audio books on the Paperwhite too?

May 08.2017 | 06:36 pm

    james

    Glad to help ease that decision making process! When I first started out I found it quite challenging to differentiate between various EReader models as a lot of them are pretty similar in terms of feature set.

    In answer to your question, the Kindle Paperwhite unfortunately doesn’t support audio books, even if they are purchased on Audible.com. You can find out a list of devices that support this functionaility on the Amazon website:

    https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200729670

    May 09.2017 | 06:42 am

Adam

Hi James,

I have never really looked into eReaders before, as I’m one of those ones that likes the feel of a book, and actually physically turning pages (I’m sure there is something psychological to it). In saying that, the Kindle Paperwhite looks good. I really like the sound of the time to finish function, and the dictionary for kids is a great idea. Very impressed.

Cheers,
Adam.

May 24.2017 | 10:48 am

    james

    Hi Adam,
    Thanks for your comment and I’m happy to admit that sometimes physical page turning is rewarding! EReaders have certainly come a long way since my first generation Amazon Kindle and i’m always excited to see what features they bring out with each new model.

    Cheers
    James

    May 24.2017 | 11:04 am

Elizabeth

Thanx for the great review, James.

I am really interested in this device. I use the Kindle App on my tablet – great piece of gear. I generally download my books from Project Gutenberg. Practically all their books are offered in kindle format. Kindle rules. I wouldn’t mind having a standalone kindle device for the gym. I’m always worried my tablet will be damaged at the gym. I think something less expensive would allow me to relax a bit more.

May 24.2017 | 04:31 pm

    james

    Hi Elizabeth,
    You’re more than welcome. I like the idea of having a EReader at the gym and hadn’t really thought about that as a concept until i saw your message. In that kind of environment, I definitely would recommend something a little cheaper that can afford to take a few knocks.

    Good luck with the gym reading!
    Cheers
    James

    May 25.2017 | 03:43 am

John Rico

Hey there! I really love reading books on my phone. I found it very convenient instead of bringing real books. But my problem is that my phone battery dies faster. Also that it’s kinda small for me and it’s hard to read with my phone. I’m planning to buy a tablet but after I read your review about kindle paperwhite I think I found the best reading device for me. Thank you for sharing this information.

Jun 12.2017 | 09:45 pm

    james

    Hi John, really glad to hear you found my site useful. Ereaders certainty have that advantage of longer battery life and a more pleasurable reading experience over  phones. Good luck with the purchase !

    Jun 14.2017 | 02:27 am

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