When Barnes & Noble announced the front-lit Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight in April, the company stressed the e-reader’s usefulness for reading in bed while your partner sleeps beside you — which seemed like a niche use. At the launch of the front-lit Kindle Paperwhite, though, Jeff Bezos said Amazon “figured out early” that most people will want to leave the Paperwhite’s light on all the time. In other words, the light’s not just a gimmick, it’s an upgrade.
After a week of testing the Kindle Paperwhite, I agree with Amazon: I found myself turning on the light regularly, at various levels of brightness, not just at night. It just makes the Kindle that much more usable and convenient: On a dim subway or in a badly lit room, you can read comfortably.
I found the Paperwhite — which starts at $119 for the ad-supported, WiFi version and will ship toward the end of October if you order it today – to be a huge improvement over my Kindle Touch. Here’s my video review:
Here are a few more details on things that I liked and didn’t like:Likes
As I noted above, if you order it today the Kindle Paperwhite will ship toward the end of October. Those who pre-ordered it when Amazon announced it in early September, though, may have received shipping notices today and will get their new Kindles in a couple days.