Amazon reveals revamped lighter, thinner Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite is the first update to the company’s line of lightweight budget e-readers since 2015

The Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath

For a limited time, Amazon is including six months of Kindle Unlimited for free so you can read as much as you want at no additional cost. The design of the 2018 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is improved in one more essential way, adding IPX8 certification for full protection against immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for as long as 60 minutes. For one its supposed to be 10 per cent lighter and thinner than the last paperwhite, the screen is both shatter and scratch resistant, which should be helpful if you have an aversion to cases, plus it has a new back made from a soft, but also grippable, material.

This allows it to withstand getting splashed at the beach or dropped in the bath, or pool.

We're talking a wasp 8.18 mm waist and a 182-gram weight, which is apparently more than twice as light as "many paperback books".

Improved display: The six-inch, high resolution 300 ppi display created to reproduce crisp, laser-quality text that reads like real paper includes five LEDs and an adjustable front light for a uniform, glare-free display created to work under all conditions, including even direct sunlight. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.

The built-in adjustable light lets you read indoors and outdoors, day and night.

Amazon dominates the e-book and e-reader market, but it does have new competition in the USA from Kobo and Walmart.

An updated home-The new home experience makes it easier to find your next read based on your reading history, including books that are free for you to read from Kindle Unlimited or Prime Reading.

In addition to ebooks, there is support for Audible so you can also enjoy audiobooks, but it's probably the fact that the device is waterproof that will be its biggest draw.

These features will also be coming to older Kindles in the coming weeks via an OTA update.

With the mid-range Kindle Voyage out of the picture for a couple of months now, it's certainly not surprising to see an "all-new" Kindle Paperwhite released at a $130 starting price.

The new Kindle Paperwhite will come in three flavours. For the voracious reader that needs instant access to new books even when WiFi is unavailable, the 32GB Paperwhite with a free cellular connection is $249.99.

The new feature can be used to create reading profiles that have user-specified fonts, boldness levels and orientation settings.

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