Amazon kindle

I bought my first Kindle three years ago – a Kindle Keyboard 3G – và since then it’s become an indispensable part of my life. I’ve read more than 60 books on it, as well as numerous articles, stories, and website pages that I’ve downloaded to it with Instapaper và Calibre. It’s had a lot of use, & it’s beginning to lớn show – the battery isn’t holding as much of a charge as it used lớn và there’s a loose connection in the pull-out case light.

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So, time khổng lồ nâng cấp. But lớn what? I didn’t want a tablet. I already have sầu a 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab và I use my Samsung Galaxy phone to lớn vì chưng most of the things I’d use a small tablet for. And tablets aren’t great for reading – E Ink screens are much easier on the eyes, especially in bright light.

At the time I bought my Kindle, it was clearly better than the equivalent Kobo ereader. (For my U.S. readers, the Barnes & Noble Nook wasn’t available in Canada và Sony was never in the running). That’s changed –Kobo ereaders now have sầu screens that are comparable to the Kindle and have sầu better typographic controls (more on that later). I’ve sầu been quite taken with the larger screen và higher resolution of Kobo’s Aura HD. But Amazon’s web site and store are much better than Kobo’s, & I have sầu many books in Kindle format that I’d have to convert lớn EPUB if I bought a Kobo. After Amazon introduced the second version of the Kindle PaperTrắng, with an upgraded screen light và software, I decided to go with the PaperWhite.

The device

The PaperWhite, not having a physical keyboard, is smaller than my Kindle Keyboard & a bit lighter. The most notable difference, other than the touch screen, is the built-in screen light. There were a lot of complaints about the quality of the lighting in the original Paperwhite – users reported coloured blotches và uneven lighting. These issues are gone in the new PaperWhite – the lighting is almost perfectly even, with only slight shading noticeable at the bottom of the screen when the light is turned up high. The front lighting makes the entire screen completely legible under any conditions. Intensity is controlled by a slider opened from the main menu bar.

Text contrast is very good though not as good as Amazon’s promotional screen shots would have sầu you believe. When the front lighting is turned on, the text doesn’t appear quite as dark as it does on the Kindle Keyboard, although it has more contrast than text on my daughter’s Kobo Glo.

Internet connectivity is over Wi-Fi, although a 3G model is available at extra cost. Using the Wi-Fi will drain the battery fairly quickly, so I usually keep it turned off, even when I’m at trang chủ. Unlike the Kindle Keyboard, there’s no headphone jaông chồng or speakers, hence no audiobook support or text-to-speech feature.

The new PaperWhite uses the lademo E Ink screen giải pháp công nghệ with higher contrast than previous versions. Coupled with a faster processor, this means that screen refreshes are very quiông xã. The annoying flashing during page turns is considerably reduced – pages now fade inkhổng lồ each other, và a complete refresh is necessary only every 15 pages or so. The new refresh method may cause some ghosting of text – I haven’t noticed it myself – so this feature can be turned off in the Settings menu.

Memory is down to lớn 2 GB from 4 GB in earlier Kindles và is not expandable. 2 GB is still a lot of storage for ebooks, which are typically a few megabytes or less in form size. I have sầu about 200 on my Kindle and still have sầu about half of the memory free.

Amazon claims two months of use on a full battery charge, but that’s based on only a half-hour per day of use with Wi-Fi off & front-lighting set khổng lồ 10 (out of 24). E Ink screens only use battery power during page turns. Wi-Fi và the light also use power. Based on my old Kindle, I had expected about 20 lớn 30 hours of reading on a charge, more than double what you’d expect from a comparable tablet. So far, I’m getting something lượt thích 12 hours on a charge, but I generally have the front-lighting on và set lớn about two thirds of maximum, so that may be a factor.

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Amazon has added several worthwhile features khổng lồ the lathử nghiệm Paperwhite firmware. Footnotes are now viewable in a popup window – you don’t have to jump khổng lồ the over of a chapter or book khổng lồ read them. This is a real time saver when reading heavily footnoted non-fiction books. The Page Flip feature lets you sklặng through the pages in a book in a separate window without losing your place in the book – you can also use it khổng lồ flip through a book by chapter or page, và return lớn your original spot if that’s what you want khổng lồ vày. The most recent firmware update adds GoodReads integration và enhanced parental controls.

One of the reasons I went with a new Kindle rather than Kobo was the ease of getting new content (not just books) onlớn a Kindle. You can tin nhắn documents in several formats (including Word) & Amazon will convert them to Kindle format và wirelessly transfer them to lớn your Kindle. There are also the Skết thúc to Kindle program & browser extensions that let you sover files & web pages to your Kindle. I also use Instapaper to lớn clip web articles & stories and save sầu them in Kindle format.

The Kindle Papertrắng supports PDF files. You can use a pinch and slide motion to lớn zoom in và out & a Settings thực đơn option lets you increase or decrease contrast. (I wish this option was available for Kindle-format books as well). If the PDF file supports it, text will reflow when you zoom. You can also use the dictionary or Wikipedia khổng lồ look up words & add your own notes. One issue that may affect you when reading PDFs is “out of memory” errors – these can crop up when reading PDFs larger than about 5 MB. Given the limitations of E Ink công nghệ, I’d recommend looking at a tablet if you need to read a lot of PDFs.


My main complaint about Kindles (all of them, not just the Paperwhite) is the poor typographic chất lượng. By mặc định, Kindle-format books are flush justified with no hyphenation, and there’s no way to lớn change that in the Kindle software. That may be OK for books, but on a 3.5 inch screen it makes no sense, especially when using a large fonts. (My default is 14 point). Also, you cannot side load your own fonts. By contrast, Kobo gives their users complete control of justification, lets them adjust the font weight to their liking, và gives them both more fonts and allows side loading. You can use a third-buổi tiệc ngọt program like Calibre to lớn left-justify the text, which makes it much more readable, but doing so is illegal if the book is copy-protected (as most Amazon titles are).

Lack of audio support may also be an issue for some readers. I find it odd, considering that Amazon owns Audible, the largest publisher of audiobooks. Perhaps we’ll see a Mã Sản Phẩm with audio tư vấn at extra cost in the future.

The Kindle is in its sixth generation and the software has matured considerably. However there a still a few areas that could stvà improvement. In Page Flip mode the chapter forward button is just above sầu the slider that you use khổng lồ sweep forward through a book. It’s too easy to lớn touch the slider instead of the chapter forward button and jump lớn the kết thúc of the book by accident. The Settings thực đơn to lớn turn Wi-Fi on & off is called Airplane Mode & turning Airplane Mode on turns Wi-Fi off & vice versa. Confused? I was.

Most control functions require that you turn on the main thực đơn by tapping the top of the screen. I’d prefer a smaller menu that was always on; perhaps this could be made a configurable option.

In summary

The new Kindle PaperTrắng is an obvious tăng cấp for anyone with an older Kindle. The screen is excellent & the software intuitive sầu with many useful features. If you don’t already have an ereader, it’s certainly at the top of the danh mục of devices khổng lồ check out.

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A final note: As I was writing this article, news came that Amazon may be preparing to introduce a new Kindle in the spring. According lớn some reports, the ereader will feature a 300 pixel-per-inch screen và offer improved typography (a new fonts & hyphenation). There’s no word on pricing, but I’d be surprised if it wasn’t sold at a premium price.

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