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Kindle Paperwhite

Paperwhite Display, High Resolution, High Contrast, Built-in Light, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free 3G
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Unlike tablets, Kindle Paperwhite is designed to deliver the ultimate reading experience.
  • No screen glare in bright sunlight
  • Read with one hand – lighter than most tablets
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours
  • Built-in light– read without eye strain

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No Glare in Bright Sunlight

Unlike reflective tablet and smartphone screens, the latest Kindle Paperwhite reads like paper – no annoying glare, even in bright sunlight.

Won't Tire Your Eyes in the Dark

Paperwhite guides light towards the surface of the display with its built-in front light – unlike back-lit tablets that shine in your eyes – so you can read comfortably without straining your eyes. Adjust your screen's brightness for great reading in any light.

Charge Monthly, Not Daily

Kindle Paperwhite won't leave you tethered to an outlet. A single charge can last for up to eight weeks (based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at ten), unlike tablets that need to be charged each night.

Read Comfortably with One Hand

Thinner than a pencil and lighter than most tablets. Comfortably hold Kindle Paperwhite in one hand for long reading sessions.

No Distractions

Kindle Paperwhite is purposely designed as a dedicated e-reader. Indulge your love of reading without any interruptions, such as e-mail alerts.

Whiter Screen, Darker Text

IMPROVED – Enjoy even better contrast on the latest Kindle Paperwhite. Whites are whiter and blacks are blacker, creating sharp, clear text. The high-resolution display allows for elegant typeface options, including Baskerville and Palatino, and all fonts on Kindle Paperwhite have been hand-tuned at the pixel level for maximum readability and comfort.

Fast, Easy Page Turns

IMPROVED – The new Kindle Paperwhite's processor is 25% faster. Books open and pages turn faster for a seamless experience. Kindle Paperwhite also uses the latest in capacitive touch technology, responding more accurately to the slightest touches.

Flip Through Without Losing Your Place

NEW – With Kindle Paperwhite's new Page Flip feature, you can skim through page by page, scan by chapter or skip to the end for a sneak peek without losing your place. Show me

Take and Share Notes

Add margin notes that you can edit, delete or even export from Kindle Paperwhite to your computer. Share highlighted sections and meaningful quotes on Facebook and Twitter, and see passages frequently highlighted by other Kindle readers.

Look It Up Instantly

IMPROVED – Kindle Paperwhite's Smart Lookup feature integrates a full dictionary with X-Ray and Wikipedia so you can access definitions, characters, settings and more without leaving your page or losing your place. Show me

Go Deeper with X-Ray

Exclusive on Kindle: explore the "bones" of the book. See all the passages across a book that mention relevant ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest. Simply press and hold the name to zoom in on a character's biography. Show me

Enhance Your Vocabulary

NEW – Words looked up in the dictionary are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder to expand your knowledge and reinforce retention. Swipe through your vocabulary words, quiz yourself with flashcards and instantly see those words in context. Show me

Kindle FreeTime

Encourage children to read even more with FreeTime for Kindle Paperwhite. FreeTime lets you create personalised profiles for kids and give them access to titles from your collection of books. Children are rewarded with achievement badges that keep track of their personal reading accomplishments. A progress report keeps parents updated on total time spent reading, number of words looked up, badges earned and books read. Show me

Read in the Dark

IMPROVED – Paperwhite guides light towards the surface of the display with its next generation front light – unlike back-lit tablets that shine in your eyes – so you can read comfortably without straining your eyes. Adjust your screen's brightness for great reading in any light.

Adjust Your Text Size

Design your own perfect reading experience by increasing the text size to suit you. Choose from eight text sizes to prevent tired eyes and keep you reading longer. Show me

Carry Your Entire Library

Kindle Paperwhite holds over 1,000 books, so you'll never have to leave your favourite titles behind. With Kindle Paperwhite you can keep your entire library at hand wherever you go.

Organise Your Books

Organise your digital library as easily as a physical bookshelf with Cloud Collections. As your collection grows, arrange titles into customised categories and see your collections everywhere in the Kindle ecosystem - on Kindle Paperwhite, tablets and smartphones.

Squeeze In That Last Chapter

See at a glance how long it will take to finish a chapter or book. Time to Read is personalised based on your reading speed and constantly updated as your speed and habits change. With Time to Read it's never been easier to decide when to start a new chapter or finish the chapter you're reading. Show me

Pick Up Where You Left Off

Whispersync technology synchronises your last page location, bookmarks and annotations across all your devices so you can pick up exactly where you left off reading.

Never Be Without a Book

Shop Amazon's expansive selection, choose a title and begin reading your next book in seconds. Our fast wireless delivers books in under 60 seconds – no computer required.

Instant Translations

Tap any word or highlight a section to translate instantly into other languages, including Spanish, Japanese and more. Translations by Bing Translator.

You've Got to Read It to Believe It

We invited book lovers to try the new Kindle Paperwhite. Watch the video to see their reactions.

Try It Risk Free for 30 Days

We think you'll love reading on Kindle Paperwhite, and we want you to experience it yourself. If you're not 100% satisfied, you can return it in new condition within 30 days.

Low Book Prices

We check prices every day to make sure our prices are the lowest of any e-book store in the UK. Compare our book prices - you'll like what you find.

Exclusive Kindle Titles

Over 350,000 Kindle exclusive titles that you won't be able to find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as Michael Ridpath and Phil Rickman.

Free Books in the Public Domain

More than one million free books, such as Pride and Prejudice and Treasure Island are available.

Free Book Samples

Download and read samples for free before you decide to buy.

Borrow Great Books for Free

With an Amazon Prime membership, Kindle device owners can choose from more than 350,000 books to borrow for free--as frequently as one book per month, with no due dates--including current and former top sellers in the Amazon.co.uk Kindle Store and all seven Harry Potter books.

Massive Selection

Over two million books, newspapers and magazines, including latest bestsellers, Kindle exclusives and more.

Find Your Favourite Magazines and Newspapers

Subscribe to your favourite magazines and newspapers such as The Economist, The Spectator, The Guardian and The Daily Mail from Newsstand. New editions are auto-delivered wirelessly direct to your device the second they go on sale. All Kindle subscriptions start with a 14 day free trial.

Get Personalised Recommendations

Kindle Paperwhite makes it easy to discover new titles with recommendations personalised just for you. Kindle uses the same personalised customer experience you're used to across Amazon.co.uk, matching our best recommendations to your personal reading habits.

Get Books in Seconds

Shop Amazon's expansive selection, choose a title and begin reading in seconds. Our fast, free wireless delivers books fast - no computer required.

Connect Wirelessly

New titles and archived items are a simple connection away. Connect easily to your home Wi-Fi network or Wi-Fi hotspots on the road.

Enjoy Kindle Books on All Your Devices

Enjoy your purchased content in any way you choose. Kindle books can be read on Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, BlackBerry, Mac or PC with our free Kindle reading apps.

Never Lose Your Place

With Amazon’s Whispersync technology, you can automatically save and synchronise your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across all your devices. This means you can start reading a book on one device, and pick up where you left off on another device.

Encourage Their Love of Reading

Kindle is designed for reading, which means absolutely no distractions for children. With Kindle, they can look up definitions as they read to build their vocabulary and increase the font size for easier reading. They can read thousands of books for free, including classics such as Treasure Island. And they can easily take their beloved stories with them, without loading up a heavy rucksack.

Boost Their Vocabulary

NEW – Kindle Paperwhite makes it easy for young readers to add new words to their vocabulary. Words looked up on Kindle are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder, where kids can quiz themselves with flashcards to reinforce new word retention. Show me

Kindle FreeTime

NEW – Encourage children to read even more with FreeTime for Kindle Paperwhite. FreeTime lets you create personalised profiles for kids and give them access to titles from your collection of books. Children are rewarded with achievement badges that keep track of their personal reading accomplishments. A progress report keeps parents updated on total time spent reading, number of words looked up, badges earned and books read.

Beautiful Design, Perfect Fit

Designed to fit your device perfectly, the Kindle Paperwhite cover features a top-quality leather exterior and a woven nylon interior, providing light, thin protection. The integrated magnetic clasp ensures your cover will remain securely closed in a backpack, handbag or briefcase.

Auto Wake and Sleep

The cover wakes your Kindle Paperwhite automatically on opening and puts your device to sleep when closed, making it easy to dive right back into your book.

Technical Details
DisplayAmazon's 6" Paperwhite display with Carta e-paper and built-in light, 212 ppi, optimised font technology, 16-level grey scale
Size169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm
WeightUpdate weight copy to “Wi-Fi: 7.3 oz (206 g); Wi-Fi + 3G: 7.6 oz (215 g)
System RequirementsNone; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content
On-Device StorageHolds over 1,000 books
Cloud StorageFree cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery LifeA single charge lasts up to eight weeks, based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light and wireless usage
Charge TimeFully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable. UK power adapter sold separately.
Wi-Fi ConnectivitySupports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Content Formats SupportedKindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
DocumentationQuick Start Guide (included in box) [PDF]; Kindle Paperwhite User Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF]. Additional information in multiple languages available online
Warranty and ServiceKindle Paperwhite is sold with a worldwide limited warranty of one year provided by the manufacturer. If you are a consumer, the limited warranty is in addition to your consumer rights, and does not jeopardise these rights in any way. This means you may still have additional rights at law even after the limited warranty has expired (for further information on your consumer rights, click here). Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here.
Included in the BoxKindle Paperwhite, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite is a great choice if you already have a high-speed internet connection and wireless router set up in your home. If you do not have Wi-Fi set up at home, Kindle Paperwhite 3G may be a better option – 3G connectivity lets you download books anytime, anywhere.

Kindle Paperwhite 3G

Kindle Paperwhite 3G is the easiest option because there isn't any wireless set-up – you are ready to shop, purchase and read right out of the box. Built-in free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that mobile phones use, but there are no monthly fees or commitments – Amazon pays for Kindle Paperwhite 3G's wireless connectivity. The added convenience of 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection. Your Kindle may use wireless connectivity to make other services available, such as wireless delivery of personal documents, which may require an additional charge. For more information, see Wireless Terms and Conditions

With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, Kindle Paperwhite 3G lets you download books anytime, anywhere, whether you're relaxing on a beach, halfway through a hike or waiting on the tarmac. Check 3G coverage area

Parental Controls

Parental Controls allow you to restrict access to the Kindle Store, Cloud and Experimental Web Browser so you can give Kindle Paperwhite to a child worry-free.

Customise to Your Language

Kindle Paperwhite can be used in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. You can easily select the language that you are most comfortable with and enjoy instant dictionary lookups in any of these languages.

Read Books in Other Languages

Kindle Paperwhite supports the display of non-Latin characters, so you can read books and documents in your favourite language, including enhanced support for Japanese and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional). Kindle Paperwhite also displays Korean, Cyrillic, Latin and Greek scripts, and provides free access to several international dictionaries.

Follow Along with Page Numbers

We match the pages of a Kindle book to the text in a print book to identify the corresponding page number. Easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class.

Organise Your Library

Organise your Kindle library into customised collections or categories to easily access any book you are looking for. You can add an item to multiple collections to make organising and finding titles even easier.

Never Lose a Book

We automatically back up your entire Kindle library for free in the Cloud, so there's never a worry about losing your books. Re-download wirelessly anytime for free.

Carry and Read Personal Documents

E-mail documents – including Word, PDF and more – directly to your Kindle and read them in Kindle format.

Read Children's Books and Comics

Kindle Paperwhite supports children's books with Kindle Text Pop-Up and comic books with Kindle Panel View, which allows you to read a comic book panel by panel.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5,716 of 5,833 people found the following review helpful
This review is aimed at complete beginners to Kindles and Kindle owners alike. It will help beginners to decide which Kindle to purchase, and help Kindle owners with the decision of upgrading to the Paperwhite 2nd generation. I believe a review should give more than just "It's great" (you'll find this bit in the conclusion :-)). For this reason, I have included as much information as possible. Even if some of the sections do not seem to apply to you (for example, if you do not have a £59 Kindle, etc.), I did not want to repeat the information lots of times, so please read them anyway to get the full details. I hope that it is useful to all!

The Paperwhite has about 1.25 gigabytes of usable storage and can hold about 1,100 eBooks. The main formats it can read are the Kindle formats (AZW3, AZW and MOBI), PDF, TXT, DOC and DOCX. It also has an "experimental" web browser, but does not support audio.

INTRODUCTION TO E-INK:
It features an E-Ink display, which is unlike any other, such as the most common (LCD), which is used in tablets (such as the Kindle Fires), mobile phones and televisions, etc. An E-Ink pixel is a tiny capsule that carries black and white particles suspended in a fluid. The particles are moved around by electrical charges applied from beneath. Natural light then reflects off the particles on the side of the capsule closest to your eye, making the pixel visible. So, if a negative charge is applied, the white particles are attracted to the bottom, the black particles are repelled to the top of the capsule, and it will appear as black.
Unlike LCD screens, a lighting system (the backlight in LCD) is unnecessary as long as there is natural light.
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3,045 of 3,135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paperwhite VS Kindle Fire 27 Nov 2013
**I will be posting this comment on the kindle fire product as well**

I love being up to date on the latest technology especially when it comes to my kindle.
I previously owned the £69 kindle and about 10 months ago I decided to upgrade my kindle. I was torn between the Paperwhite and the Kindle Fire. I followed the advice which my boyfriend suggested and bought my kindle fire, as I could use this to catch up on my emails (I am a student so I am constantly being emailed about lectures), I liked the fact it was touch screen and had a screen like my laptop.

I was drawn by the larger screen, the speakers with the Dolby Audio and the better screen resolution on the fire. I was using this for the reading my books whilst I was travelling to and from uni. I had to purchase a anti-glare screen protector as I found the glare was making it hard to read whilst I was on the bus. This didn't really make the glare go away fully but it helped. I then only used the fire for this only I never used all the other features.

I still felt like I was still missing something when I was reading. I then convinced myself to buy the paperwhite and I have never felt better when reading the books. The fact it is more like a book when I am reading I have already gone through two books in the space of 3 days.

What I am trying to say is the kindle fire is more for the watching films and browsing the internet, also playing games. Whereas the if you are looking for closely to the book feeling then you should definitely should get the paperwhite.

I know this might not be a very useful review but I wanted to get how I felt
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2,263 of 2,370 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still great, but not perfect... 9 Oct 2013
By Fireball Dragon HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Although I purchased the original Kindle Paperwhite back in in October 2012, I was enticed by the additional features of this upgraded model. In particular, I was looking forward to the increased resolution of the screen and "next-gen light", which I felt may provide for an even more paper-like reading experience. My 2012 Paperwhite did suffer from a minor case of the 'blotching' issues at the bottom of the screen (which didn't disturb my personal reading experience). I have just received the upgraded Kindle Paperwhite earlier this morning and this is definitely not there with this new version. However, I have still been pondering over whether or not the new features justify an upgrade from the previous generation. Here are my thoughts.

*FIRST IMPRESSIONS*
-As with previous Kindles, the Paperwhite ships in its original box. Along with the PW, a usb cable and quick-start guide are included. If you want to offer the PW as a gift, I would strongly advise ticking the "this is a gift" option at checkout, as Amazon will then ship (at no extra charge) the PW in separate outer packaging.

-The updated PW looks identical to the previous generation, with the exception of changing the "Kindle" logo on the back of the device to "Amazon". The only other slight change is an ever so slight reduction in weight (from 213 to 206 grams).

*NEW HARDWARE*
-Improved screen: The new Paperwhite boasts an improved screen, which Amazon claims offers better contrast and "blacker blacks". Without getting too caught up on these technical details, it can be concluded that the screen definitely does look sharper and brighter. Text is visibly more crisp and stands out more.
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