The best e-book reader gets even better.
Between Google announcing Android 4.4 ‘KitKat’, Apple sending out invites for their new iPhone unveil, and Microsoft buying Nokia, Amazon has announced an iterative update for their amazing Kindle Paperwhite ebook reader.
The new Paperwhite comes with new display technology that gives even higher contrast, an updated backlight that Amazon says helps further reduce eye-strain, and a 25% faster processor that results in faster page-turns.
But that would be quite boring. To make the package more attractive, Amazon has added a bunch of new features to the Paperwhite OS:
- A new ‘Page Flip’ feature allows you to open up a single page in another part of a book, skim through other chapters without losing your current position in the book. Great for looking at maps from the A Song Of Ice and Fire series.
- Goodreads.com integration means book-reading is more social now. Stay up to date with what your friends are reading and recommend.
- ‘Vocabulary Builder’ saves words you look up in the dictionary so you can refer to them later
- ‘Smart Lookup’ displays information about selected terms within context of the book you are reading
- ‘Freetime’ gives controls to parents for tracking their childrens’ reading progress, limit them to certain books, words looked up and more
Hopefully, Amazon will back-port these software features to the original Kindle Paperwhite – which I proudly own – as I have no doubts that the 25% slower processor can handle them all with ease. The new internal hardware doesn’t attract me as much; I don’t mind it if a page-turn takes a few hundred milliseconds more, and if my display’s blacks are less blacker.
The new Kindle Paperwhite is available for pre-order now. Shipping begins September 30th.