Kindle Paperwhite, eReader
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  • The need (or at least desirability) of built-in lighting to an eReader has been clear for a long time, but the complexity in the implementation of such a mechanism has postponed the resolution of this issue
  • I found the width of the kindle to be a bit excessive
  • Reading is quite a good experience on this eReader

    • by H. Munn


      The need (or at least desirability) of built-in lighting to an eReader has been clear for a long time, but the complexity in the implementation of such a mechanism has postponed the resolution of this issue. LCD screens and external lamps have been proposed, albeit ineffectively. Now the wait seem to be over. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the answer. It measures 6” diagonally, has 212 ppi with a native resolution of 1024×768.

      The Kindle Paperwhite is available in both Wi-Fi and 3G models with or without special offers. I have the Wi-Fi one with special offers, which costs $20 less (at $119), but has advertisements splattered on the homescreen and during the screensaver. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is pretty much the same in style as the previous generations of Kindle - extremely artless, without the slightest hint of enchantments.

      Quite simply put, a black box with a front matte surface, but reflective plastic and the rear surface of soft rubber-like material.

      But it is practical. I found the width of the kindle to be a bit excessive. Your hand feels stretched so it’s not the most comfortable eReader to hold for extended periods of time. The Kindle Paperwhite limits minimalism, then again it was designed for convenience.

      There is just a capacitive touch-screen up front and port for PC connector and a power button at the bottom. Also Amazon doesn’t include an adapter to charge from the power-socket which must be bought separately, an option for which is displayed during checkout. I didn’t find this to be all that expedient. Again, in terms of interface, Kindle Paperwhite is as simple as simple gets.

      The main navigation is located in a top of the menu screen. On it we see the icon to go to the home screen, return to the previous one, change the backlight level, go to the store, search through the content and the context menu that provides access for the current screen and general settings. Above this are icons for Wi-Fi signal strength and battery level. The current time is also displayed in the top right corner.

      I hate the fact that it doesn’t have any hardware homescreen button. Amazon could have at least given us that. The main screen is classic Kindle; half of it is given to the store shelves with the current offerings in the Amazon’s book store and special promotions, the other half is reserved for the list of books loaded into the 2GB memory. Minimum cataloging options are available.

      You can ...

      • Kindle Paperwhite, eReader
      only change display modes, sort by date, author or name, or you can create your own collection. Switching between bookshelves can be accomplished by a swipe of the finger however, the refresh time for this task can get quite long. Kindle Paperwhite has integrated on-board lightening which leads to its crisp white display and not the grayish newspaper tint of other such eReaders. 4 LEDs spread light evenly through over the reader however their whitening effect deteriorates as you lower the brightness and at low-levels the Kindle Paperwhite returns to the yellow-gray look of its predecessor.

      The eReader doesn’t support EPUB and only supports AZW and MOBI ebook formats which are native to Amazon’s eBook market. PDF, PRC, TXT, DOC and DOCX formats are also supported and can be read while sideloaded from a USB connection. Although, PDFs containing a

      lot of pictures are processed quite slowly by the eReader and flipping through them is painstaking. Reading is quite a good experience on this eReader.

      The text is crisp and doesn’t strain your eyes while reading for long. The functionality during reading is also good, you can change the brightness, size and font type, spaces, indentations, keep bookmarks, notes, consult a dictionary, Wikipedia, translate directly from the text. You can also search through the book and work with footnotes and sidenotes. The eReader also counts the time you spend on reading a chapter and based on your reading speed determines how much time is remaining in the chapter.

      Also, small excerpts from the book can be shared on Facebook and Twitter if you have synced the Kindle Paperwhite with these accounts. Concisely, a great (though not the greatest), cheap and minimal eReader with great technology that makes reading books a breeze.

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