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Kindle Paperwhite 3G [Previous Generation]

Free 3G + Wi-Fi, Paperwhite Display, High Resolution, High Contrast, Built-in Light
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Unlike tablets, Kindle Paperwhite is designed to deliver the ultimate reading experience.
  • Free 3G wireless - no hunting or paying for Wi-Fi hotspots, no annual contracts or monthly fees
  • No screen glare in bright sunlight
  • Read with one hand lighter than most tablets
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours

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First-Ever Paperwhite Display

Unsurpassed Resolution

Our Paperwhite display offers 62% more pixels, and renders exceptionally sharp, clear text and images.

Stunning Contrast

Kindle Paperwhite 3G's screen has 25% higher contrast. Crisp, dark text against a brilliant white background makes for the perfect read.

Innovative Built-in Light

Paperwhite guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays, thereby reducing screen fatigue. You can adjust your screen's brightness to create a perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions, from bright sunlight to bedtime reading.

Uncompromised Battery Life

A 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. Our breakthrough power management technology allows you to leave the light on at all times for the best possible contrast without sacrificing battery life.

Read Anywhere

Read in Bright Sunlight with No Glare

Kindle Paperwhite 3G has a matte screen that reflects light like ordinary paper so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room with no glare.

Read at Night

With Kindle Paperwhite 3G, reading in bed just got better. The patented built-in light illuminates the screen, not the entire room, so you won't disturb your partner when you can't put your book down at night.

Patented Built-in Light

Designed for Reading

Unlike a backlit tablet display, Kindle Paperwhite 3G guides light towards the surface of the e-ink display from above so that the light never shines directly towards your eyes, allowing you to read comfortably without eye strain. The built-in light illuminates the screen more evenly than a book light or lighted cover.

Perfectly Balanced Whiteness

We worked on Kindle Paperwhite for over two years to perfect the uniformity of the built-in light, flattening out a fibre optic cable into a sheet, and nanoimprinting to ensure perfectly even distribution of light. Our design uses nanoscale optical diffractive patterns to enable tight control over the direction of the light. Enjoy reading with exceptional lighting uniformity and evenly balanced whiteness across the entire display. See how the screen looks in different lighting conditions.

Adjustable Brightness

Your eyes adapt to the amount of light around you, so you'll prefer dimmer light when reading in a dark setting and brighter light when reading in well-lit surroundings. You can adjust the brightness of Kindle Paperwhite across a wide spectrum - from low light to full brightness - so you can read comfortably in any setting.

Power Efficient

Because our patented technology enables fine-grain control over where the light is diffused, Kindle Paperwhite 3G uses low-power LEDs, requiring very little power to evenly illuminate the entire screen.

All the Books You Love

Massive Selection

Over 2 million books, newspapers, and magazines, including latest bestsellers, Kindle exclusives and more.

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.

Buy Once, Read Everywhere

Kindle books can be read on your Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Windows Phone 7, Mac, or PC with our free Kindle Reading Apps.

Low Book Prices

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

Kindle Owners' Lending Library

With an Amazon Prime membership, Kindle device owners can choose from more than 300,000 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 7 Harry Potter books.

Exclusive Kindle Titles

Over 300,000 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.

Kindle Owners' Lending Library

Kindle Owners' Lending Library

Kindle Owners' Lending Library - with an Amazon Prime membership, Kindle device owners can choose from more than 300,000 books to borrow --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 7 Harry Potter books.

One-Day Delivery

Get fast shipping on millions of items. Take the stress out of shopping with One-Day Delivery from Amazon Prime. Choose from videos, electronics, games and much more.

Features

Holds Up to 1,100 Books

You'll never have to leave your favourite titles behind. With Kindle Paperwhite 3G, you can keep your entire library at hand wherever you go.

Free 3G Wireless Connects Anywhere

Free, always-connected 3G wireless lets you shop and download books virtually anywhere - no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots. There are no plans, annual contracts, or monthly fees for this service, which works globally in selected coverage areas. Kindle Paperwhite 3G is connected and ready to go the moment you take it out of the box. No setup required. Browse network coverage

Thinner Than a Pencil

Kindle Paperwhite 3G features a new, slimmer design. At just over third of an inch, it is thinner than most pencils.

Lighter Than a Paperback

Weighing only 222 grams, Kindle Paperwhite 3G weighs less than a typical paperback.

Books in Under 60 Seconds

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

X-Ray

Exclusive on Kindle, explore the "bones of the Book". With a single tap, see all the passages across a book that mention relevant ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest.

Adjustable Text Sizes

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

Hand-Tuned Fonts

All six fonts on Kindle Paperwhite 3G have been hand-tuned at the pixel level for maximum readability and comfort. Higher resolution allows for unprecedented sharpness. The new high-resolution display allows for elegant typeface options including Baskerville and Palatino.

Bookmarks and Annotations

Add your own notes to the text just like writing in the margins of a book. Edit, delete, and export your notes. Highlight and clip key passages.

Notes and Sharing

Share highlighted sections, notes, and meaningful quotes on Facebook and Twitter directly from Kindle Paperwhite 3G without leaving the page. See passages frequently highlighted by other Kindle readers to discover interesting and meaningful passages in your books.

Real Page Numbers

We match the pages of a Kindle book to the text in a print book to identify the corresponding "real" page number. Easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class. Available on tens of thousands of our most popular Kindle books. Page numbers are displayed when you push the menu button.

Read with One Hand

Lighter than a paperback, you can comfortably hold Kindle Paperwhite 3G in either hand for long reading sessions without fatigue or discomfort.

Fast, Easy Page Turns

EasyReach tap zones on Kindle Paperwhite 3G's responsive touchscreen let you tap lightly to turn pages. No need to swipe or use two hands for fast, seamless page turns.

Free Library Backup

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

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.

Time to Read

Time to Read is a new feature for Kindle Paperwhite 3G that helps you know how long it will take to finish a chapter or book. Time to Read is personalised based on your reading speed and is 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.

Whispersync

Our 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.

Search Wikipedia and the Web

Kindle Paperwhite 3G makes it easy for you to search. Enter a word or phrase and Kindle will search every instance across your Kindle library, in the Kindle Store, on Wikipedia, or the Web using Google search. Kindle Paperwhite 3G features an experimental WebKit-based browser to provide a better experience on your e-reader.

Built-In Dictionary with Instant Lookup

Kindle Paperwhite 3G includes The New Oxford English Dictionary with over 250,000 entries and definitions for free. Instantly look up the definition without ever leaving the book.

Instant Translations

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

Global Language Support

Kindle Paperwhite 3G 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 3G also displays Korean, Cyrillic, Latin, and Greek scripts, and provides free access to several international dictionaries.

Carry and Read Personal Documents

Kindle makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. E-mail documents - including Word, PDF and more - directly to your Kindle and read them in Kindle format.

Supports Children's Books and Comics

Kindle Paperwhite 3G 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.

Shop Wirelessly

Access the Kindle Store wirelessly right from your Kindle Paperwhite 3G - search and shop the world's largest selection of books that people want to read, plus magazines, newspapers and blogs. We auto-deliver all your purchases in seconds - simply search, buy, and you're ready to read.

Personalised Recommendations

Kindle Paperwhite 3G 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.

Newsstand

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.

Huge Selection, Low Prices

With the biggest selection of any ebook store in the UK, you can shop more than 1 million books, including bestsellers and new releases. UK and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs, plus more than 1 million free books, are also available.

Parental Controls

Parental Controls allow you to restrict access to the Kindle Store, Cloud, and Experimental Web Browser so you can give Kindle Paperwhite 3G to a child worry-free.

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Beautiful Design, Perfect Fit

Engineered to perfectly fit your device. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G cover features a premium textured leather exterior and a subtle woven nylon interior to provide our lightest and thinnest form of protection. The integrated magnetic clasp ensures your cover will remain securely closed while in a backpack, handbag, or briefcase.

Auto Wake and Sleep

The cover automatically wakes your Kindle Paperwhite 3G upon 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 patented built-in light, 212 ppi, optimised font technology, 16-level grey scale
Size169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm
Weight222 grams
System RequirementsNone; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content
On-Device Storage2 GB internal (approximately 1.25 GB available for user content). Holds up to 1,100 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.
3G ConnectivityHSDPA modem (3G) with a fallback to EDGE/GPRS; utilises Amazon Whispernet to provide wireless coverage via Vodafone's 3G high-speed data network in the UK and partner networks outside of the UK. See Wireless Terms and Conditions.
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 3G 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 3G, USB 2.0 charging cable, and Quick Start Guide

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5,460 of 5,575 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Kindle (almost!) 25 Oct 2012
By Fireball Dragon HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Almost two weeks ago (at the time of writing this review; October 2012) I received an email from Amazon, showing off the Kindle Paperwhite. I recently purchased the Kindle Touch in August, and my initial reaction to seeing Amazon replace the UK market with this device so quickly was not positive. Being unaware of the US-exclusive existence of the PaperWhite, I took some time to read reviews about the new features, and immediately realised that this was what I wanted from my Kindle Touch. The additional features in this upgrade seemed sufficient to justify the purchase and soon after, I pre-ordered Amazon's latest offering.

*FIRST IMPRESSIONS*

-The Kindle Paperwhite ships in its original box and was highly nostalgic of the Kindle Touch. On opening the box, the Paperwhite is the first thing you see, wrapped in a plastic film cover. A usb cable and quick start guide are also included.

-The home button is gone, replaced by a Kindle logo. Also, the device is very slightly thinner than the Touch, but any difference is hardly noticeable.

-The bezel is noticeably smaller in width, with the screen now also sitting more flush.

-The device itself is very slick, and generally looks and feels more classy and elegant than the Touch. It has a slate-black finish, with a rubber-like material on the back to aid grip during long reading sessions (although I have housed my Kindle in a cover).

*LIGHT GUIDE AND SCREEN RESOLUTION*

-Arguably, the biggest selling point for this new Kindle is the amazing built-in light. I can imagine that most existing Kindle owners would upgrade for this alone. Light brightness is adjusted by a slider accessed at the top of the screen.
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1,783 of 1,910 people found the following review helpful
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I was looking forward to the Kindle Paperwhite sooo much I originally pre-ordered one from the states until I read about the unexpected UK release. I love my current Kindle and originally the only reason I was looking to upgrade is because I read a lot in complete darkness (when my wife is asleep) or in very low light. I used a Mightybright clip on light with my old Kindle and this worked pretty well but it eats through a couple of batterys every few weeks and is not very convenient.

So I received my Kindle Paperwhite in the post this week, thank you for the quick delivery Amazon! I'm not a big fan of wordy Amazon reviews so I'll use points below so I don't bore you to death!

Things I love:

+ The build quality of the Kindle itself feels very good
+ The new Kindle menu system is nice
+ The touch screen is brilliant, very responsive (not sure how this compares to the old touch as my old Kindle is non touch)
+ The resolution of the text is noticeably improved
+ The new time to finish chapter and book feature (not needed but its fun)

Things I don't love:

- In complete darkness or low light I have a green'ish shadow\smudge from the top right of my Kindle to the middle left, I also have a brighter pinkish smudge below this green shadow
- The unevenness of the light under dark or very low light conditions in general

Things that could be improved:

- The shadows from the lights at the bottom, they don't really bother me as they don't cover too much text but I would imagine this could and should be improved on
- I don't mind the suggested books at the bottom of the main cover view page, but why don't you incorporate the 99p book of the day in to this?
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product - surely the best ereader 23 Nov 2012
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I've tried the Nook and iPad but for pure reading pleasure neither come close to the Paperwhite. Bougt for an elderly parent with poor eyesight the Paperwhite has rekindled her delight in books and with the bright large fonts, easy page turning and no buttons to inadvertently press she just LOVES IT! No hesitation in recommending the Paperwhite to anyone considering buying an ereader.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant product but terrible quality control 11 April 2013
By Big G
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The Kindle Paperwhite is the Kindle I was waiting for. It feels good in the hand, doesn't have lots (or any) buttons, the touch screen works well, it has a screenlight so that you can read anywhere and has the latest Kindle software and features. If you get a good one then I think it's the best of breed.

However, getting a good one is the main problem. I bought my first Kindle Paperwhite from a supermarket but had to return it for a full refund as the display had very noticable ghosting/smudges which was distracting when reading on anything but the lowest of light settings. The second was purchased directly from Amazon and whilst better than the first, still had a faint blue splodge which started at the top right of the screen and worked its way down. I phoned Amazon customer services who sent me another unit which arrived in just over a day - excellent service! This Kindle is not 100% perfect but it is close so I will keep it. The Paperwhite is not quite as white and brilliant as Amazon leads you to believe!

I like:
The device itself (size, feel, touchscreen, light).
The Kindle ecosystem - This is where the Kindle beats all rivals (My books effortlessly sync across my phone, tablet, PC, Kindle). (I was going to buy the Kobo but this area wasn't quite as good as the Kindle.)
Amazon's customer service (so far).

I don't like:
Amazon's quality control - Reading the other reviews, there are far too many people who have had similar problems to me.
The Paperwhite implementation - It just isn't a brilliant as Amazon's photos and adverts claim it to be.
Longevity? - I hope this device lasts at least 3 years of careful use before giving up the ghost - See previous Kindle reviews.
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