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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but held back by unnecessary limitations by Amazon, 11 July 2013
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This review is from: Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi [Previous Generation] (Electronics)
I wouldn't ordinarily review a product after only a day. However, it has been a relatively frustrating day.

The device itself is great, the display even better than my previous Kindle Keyboard.
I do, however, struggle with amazon's ecosystem. Why on earth they insist on making the device allergic to Calibre (I don't want personal tags or the entire inability to create collections from my old and expansive ebook collection) I just don't understand. Coupled with storage that is a little sparse - and not expandable like the competition - I really do find it more than a little annoying.

The storage is an issue not because I want to store all my books on the kindle at once (they would fit if I did), but because when I want to swap books out it's painfully difficult to do with Calibre and it's too difficult to organise the books on the Kindle. As most of my books are from gutenberg and not amazon itself they have made it overly complex to do this, and it is clearly not what they intend people to do with their kindles. I don't buy apple products because of their relatively closed system, and I'm beginning to wish I hadn't upgraded my kindle either and instead bought, perhaps, the Kobo Glo.

Please amazon, release a firmware where collections can be managed in Calibre effectively. It was workable on the previous Kindle, so surely it can be done!

Pros:
Excellent screen
Lightweight
Beautiful backlit screen
Great battery life

Feels well built - we'll see if the screen suddenly cracks like my Kindle Keyboard did

Cons:
Inability to use Calibre with the Kindle effectively
No expandable storage
No choice about updates rolling out
No speakers (I don't really care about this)
Not compatible with epub books (I mean really, this is laughable Amazon)

In all honesty I was torn about giving this device 3 or 4 stars. In the end it is an excellent device that does what you need it to do - read books. I can't justify giving 4 stars to an ereader that doesn't support epub format. It's not a fatal blow, as you can convert free books to mobi - but it's just another thorn in the side of what could be a perfect product.

In fact, what was a product I thought I liked, turns out to be one where I'm actually a little dissatisfied.
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