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Relax with your favorite books wherever life takes you with this Amazon Kindle Paperwhite B00OQVZDJM, which features a 6" 300 ppi Carta ePaper antiglare touch screen with optimized fonts. The built-in backlight makes it simple to read at night.
$119.99

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Kindle Paperwhite
    • Battery
    • USB 2.0 charging cable
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4468 out of 4553)

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    Features


    6" antiglare touch-screen display

    Carta ePaper display with 16-level grayscale and 300 ppi resolution for reading books and other digital content with minimal eyestrain. Optimized font technology delivers laser-quality text for easy viewing.

    4GB internal memory

    Plenty of space for your digital library with room for more than 1,000 books.

    High-speed USB port

    For simple connection to your computer with fast data transfers.

    Wi-Fi enabled

    Browse and buy new books and magazines wirelessly.

    Kindle store

    Offers millions of books, newspapers and magazines, plus hundreds of thousands of Kindle-exclusive titles.

    Weighs 7.2 oz. and measures just 0.36" thin

    For easy portability in your backpack or purse.

    Long-lasting battery

    Lets you read for hours without charging.

    Built-in adjustable light

    Makes it simple to read at night.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 4553 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 24 reviews

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent e-reader

      Posted
      codeblue
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      This review comes with a caveat. Many tech sites say e-readers are dying, kind of like the "Nintendo is doooooomed" crowd, or the GPS is obsolete argument. I don't disagree. As our phones become more sophisticated and the phone screen sizes continue to balloon up to tablet-like proportions, dedicated devices will continue to go the way of the dodo. But sometimes, if you're interested enough, a dedicated device is precisely what you need. I had (key word: "had") an ipad mini 2 that I had been using as my all-round in-bed Netflix + reading machine. Except I'd get about 3 seconds in before getting nudged by my wife due to half the room being lit up. As I spend more time reading on my ipad than watching Netflix, I decided to sell my ipad mini and just buy 2 kindles - one for my wife and myself. The new Kindle Paperwhite feels just as solid as the outgoing model, but the resolution is now 300 dpi. The e-ink screen almost feels like a page of a paperback when you swipe, and in my personal preference, I like that. The battery is rated to last 6-8 weeks on average between the various tech sites, which trumps my ipad mini by several life cycles. Yes the screen has to refresh unlike a tablet, but it's not very noticeable and I don't find it distracting at all for reading. Cases aren't nearly as ubiquitous as for the ipad, so you've basically got the standard Amazon-branded leather case or offbrand cases from sites like Ebay. I enjoy reading, and I frankly don't want to wear any thicker glasses than I already have. Backlight can cause bad eye strain, so that's another plus for the Kindle over the iPad. In summary, TL;DR: if you want a dedicated e-reader, you can't go wrong with the Kindle PW. The price:performance ratio is much better than the Voyage IMHO. But that's assuming that you're somebody who spends enough time reading to make the Kindle device worth carrying. If you only read for a few seconds here and there, adding an extra device to lug around isn't for you. So like a Garmin, the market has a specific niche and YMMV depending on your needs. For me, the Kindle was a great fit.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love it, But Not Perfect

      Posted
      Polka904
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      This is my first ereader. I've wanted one for awhile but wasn't impressed with features until the two most recent versions of Paperwhite were released (I have the latest version). I've read a few books and several magazines on it, so at this point I'm familiar with it. Basic functionality is excellent. For reading text it's pretty straightforward; magazine articles with images worked well for me, but I can see where screen formatting could be an issue for more complex illustrations. The backlight is very good (I wouldn't buy an ereader without it). Pages flips are lightening fast, and the touch screen is mostly quite responsive with minimal pressure (I have a few complaints, see below). Nice integration with the Amazon leather cover, you can just close the book and it shuts down. Buying books from Amazon is simple, and they are delivered via my home WiFi in seconds. Battery life seems endless, and recharge is simple (the included cable charges via a PC, wall charger is an accessory you must purchase). Great device for older readers, as you can kick up the font size and lighting for squint-free reading. It's about the size of a small paperback book and as light as a feather. My complaints: 1) Ads are mildly annoying, it's aggravating to pay more for an ad-free version; 2) Availability of books from my local library remain shockingly limited, even though these devices are hardly new; 3) The Amazon library for book loans (available for a monthly fee) is also very limited. I had a 30-day trial period, during which time I searched for several classic novels on both Amazon and my local library -- big fat zero across the board for my entire reading list. Want to read Catch-22 or Atlas Shrugged? You've got to buy it. ; 4) Highlighting is clumsy using a finger, although I've improved over time. Changing the highlighted area by dragging the electronic tabs is useless; 5) If you like to flip through a book, the Paperwhite will take you to the furthest page touched when you reopen the book. If you've read 50 pages, but went forward to see something on pages 180-190, you'll return to 191 next time. If you flip around a lot you'll get a real mess. Manual bookmarks are the only solution. 6) It's my understanding that when you buy a book from Amazon, you are getting a license to read that book on an Amazon device only (you are not getting a generic ebook that will work forever on any device). So if you buy a different brand of ereader 5 years from now you'll have to rebuy your library. Despite all this, I'm glad I bought it and would recommend it if you'd like a dedicated ereader versus a tablet.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      excellent eBook

      Posted
      pons
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      I recently decided I wanted to pick up reading to exercise my brain instead of staring at my phone or tablet screen all the time. I tried reading with the kindle app on my phone before and I never stuck with it. My phone screen is too small and too bright. I feel like carrying around paper books is too cumbersome so I finally decided to purchase this paperwhite reader when it went on sale. I really really really like it. Am I reading all the time now? No. BUT I am reading way more often that i ever have. Finding an interesting read is still hard for me, but there is a plethora of books through the amazon store, and you can even use it with your local library. This kindle is very lightweight, the battery lasts forever (literally) and is very easy on the eyes. When you sit under florescent lights, it actually looks as if you are reading a paperback book. I love it. I currently have about 5 books downloaded onto it, It keeps track of where i left off and if i come across a word that i dont understand, i can highlight it and look up the definition without having to pick up my phone and get distracted. Brilliant! If you've been wanting an eBook but looking for the right one, get this one. You won't regret it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Love it but for one thing

      Posted
      AuthorG3M
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      I read as many reviews as I could find before buying this newest Paperwhite and what struck me the most was the contrast of the bright screen versus the print. However, when I got mine, I had to put the brightness level to 19 (out of 25) to get it to a comfortable setting. Doing that makes my battery run down before I've even read two books, and that is with the airplane setting on, meaning the WIFI is off. Luckily, I bought a charger so I can charge my Paperwhite while on trips ( without my computer, in a regular outlet) or at night when I'm finished reading. Now for the positives. I love the light weight of this Kindle even with the preferred cover that shuts it into sleep mode when closed. I absolutely LOVE the dictionary feature, because it is so easy to use and it saves the words I don't know, for study. After I've learned a word's meaning, I can delete it from the list. I got the Paperwhite with the ads, because it is nice getting suggestions of books I might enjoy that I might not see otherwise. And books are easy to order from the Kindle Store and to download through this devise. I like the cover, because it protects the screen from scratches while stored in my purse and I also purchased a stylus to keep fingerprints off the screen and I like that. Generally, I am happy with this purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      No regrets with my Kindle Paperwhite.

      Posted
      Kent
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      This is my first kindle purchase, and I couldn't be happier with it. Before I bought it I was very concerned that it would be too small for me to enjoy reading on, but my concern was soon expunged. I have always read books, then as I grew older and my eye sight grew worse, I moved to reading on my iPad Air because I could increase the size of the print. The downside to my iPad though, was that it would get heavy to hold as I read, and after a while I would get some eye strain from the light being projected out from the device, even in night mode to a point, even though that was much better. So I decided to try the Kindle Paperwhite with the new 300 ppi type. I couldn't be happier with it. It's light to hold, even in one hand, which I do a lot, I can still adjust the type size to what I want, the type is very crisp and easy to read, and I find that I don't get the eye strain that I used to. One other benefit to the Kindle is that reading outside is even better than reading inside, which can not be said for the iPad. Another benefit to the Kindle is that if I still feel like reading the book for a while on my iPad, using the free Kindle app, my iPad syncs perfectly with my Kindle, so that it will start on the same page that I stopped on with my Kindle, so that I can seamlessly move from one device to the other. The only slight disappointment that I had with it, was that the battery doesn't last as long as they lead you to believe. I found myself having to recharge it about two thirds the way through the book, but realistically that's no big deal to me. If you are debating on whether or not the Kindle Paperwhite would be right for you to read on, my recommendation is to buy it. I don't think that you will be disappointed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not as great as reviewers rate it.

      Posted
      Randy
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      An 'okay' reader. Reading from an iPad mini is better under all conditions except outside in sunlight. Plus, with the iPad you can play games, web search, etc. The Kindle library function is not nearly as good as the Kindle app on the iPad where you can see many more of your books on a page and scroll through them all quickly versus the slow swipe function of the Kindle. I also do not like the page turn of the Kindle versus Apple. Every page turned on Kindle is like slow motion and about every fifth page refreshes entirely. I actually have to go to the top of the next page slowly in order to not have to wait for the Kindle slow page turn. Even the reading in the outdoors feature of the Kindle is not as great as reviewers indicate as there is still the sun glare on pages that you have to deal with, although at least you can read with it outdoors. The Kindle also suffers from a 'shadow' along the bottom of the screen. The explanation is that it is actually a shadow that is between the lights that are shining upward for night time reading. Draw your own conclusions as to whether that is good engineering. It is worse on some of the devices I saw than on others. Kindle serves the purpose for reading at the beach and not worrying if it accidently gets damaged. I would never take an iPad to the beach, but the Kindle is almost 'disposable' in contrast. Maybe 3 stars is being a bit generous but it is a good supplement to the iPad. If Apple ever makes their device so it can be used outside without a glare, then I don't see any market for the Kindle at that point. Not sorry I have a Kindle, but for what I decided to buy it for (reading at beach) it is at the price point where it is not really worth it. I still read "paper" books for those who remember what those are and those still work perfectly for beach reading.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Reader

      Posted
      Kay1
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      With my love of turning paper pages in a book and not being a techie, I held off rushing into buying one of the many tablet readers available. I spent quite a bit of time reading reviews and talking to others before making my decision, and I am so glad I did my research. What I like most about the Kindle Paperwhite: the adjustable screen lighting is spot on and easy on my eyes, whether I am reading in dim room light or bright sunshine outside; the ease of syncing it with my computer and wifi; the speed of downloading a book; the ability to adjust the font size; the ability to bookmark and pick up from where I stopped reading; and the size and weight which makes it very portable. I opted for an envelop-style sleeve for storage rather than a cover you might use for an iPad or similar tablet. It's easy to slip the reader out of the sleeve and begin reading. I am thrilled with this device and give it two thumbs up. For me, there is no substitution for the feel of real paper, but this reader comes close.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Lightweight, ergonomic, and great battery life

      Posted
      ImpulseBuyer
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      This has quickly became one of my favorite devices. It's lightweight, ergonomic, and great battery life. It's also quite durable. I've dropped mine several times and there's is not a scratch on it. I was worried about the 4gb of storage but I have over 900 books on mine and they have taken less than a gigabyte. The screen looks great, like a real book (I actually like in more because the letters pop more in the sunlight). I do not like the back light that much because it strains my eyes a little but I can't take off points for an added feature. Still a 5 out of 5 for me because I'm not normally a reader but I struggle to put this down sometimes. If you're comparing this to the Voyage, I spent a lot of time comparing these trying to see what the extra $80 ($120 for me, I bought mine on sale for $79) was for. From my chats with Amazon's customer service reps, the Voyager just makes it easier for one handed reading for both right and left handed people because it has forward and back touch sensors on both sides. It also has a more even back-light. If you're comparing to the base model, the only difference is that this one has a backlight and that one doesn't. So if you do not expect to be reading in the dark, save yourself $40.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 24 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about portability, usability, durability and battery. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 98/100 = Excellent quality.
    • TechRadar (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5James Rogerson on June 7, 2018
      Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review
      All about that screenFull Review
    • Alphr (UK)Rating, 5 out of 5Jonathan Bray on February 7, 2018
      Kindle Paperwhite (2015) review: Even better value, with £20 off
      A top notch e-reader that's a step up from the previous model, it runs the Kindle Voyage very closeFull Review
    • Expert Reviews (UK)Rating, 5 out of 5Nathan Spendelow on December 13, 2017
      Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review: Fantastic e-reader now less than £100
      The 300ppi display makes this the best-value Kindle Paperwhite yetFull Review
    • techhive.comRating, 4.5 out of 5Séamus Bellamy on November 23, 2016
      Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (3rd generation) review: The best e-reader for the buck
      It's not Amazon's most expensive e-readery, but it delivers the best value of any e-reader.Full Review
    • GadgetSpeak (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5mfereday on December 10, 2015
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    • pcauthority.com.auRating, 5 out of 5Andrew Williams on August 19, 2015
      Review: Kindle Paperwhite (2015)
      The Kindle Paperwhite is to ereaders what the iPod used to be to MP3 players: practically the only sensible choice.Full Review


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