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The New Kindle Paperwhite Is Perfect for Picky Readers

18 June 2015

From Wired:

Ever since Amazon launched the Kindle Voyage, buying an e-reader has been a complicated process. The Voyage is amazing: high-res, super smooth to use, lots of memory. But it’s expensive, and the Kindle Paperwhite is a fantastic device in its own right.

The decision should be a little easier now, because Amazon just announced a new, $119 Paperwhite that includes the best thing about the Voyage: that amazing display. The new Paperwhite has a 300ppi screen—double the pixels of the previous version—which should be just as crisp and sharp as the Voyage. It’s still just showing shades of gray, but if the Voyage is any indication, it really does improve the reading experience. And, lest we worry, the Paperwhite’s battery life is still absurdly long even with all the extra pixels.

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The new Bookerly font, which Amazon designed specifically for reading, is now available on the Paperwhite too. And the Kindle’s formatting tools have been overhauled as well, to make the size and spacing feel a little more intentional. You know how sometimes, a line would only have about five words, all spaced way too far apart? That should be gone now.

The goal is to make every size of every typeface feel like it was custom-fit for your device. Small and large fonts have always been hardest to manage, and special attention was paid to those.

Link to the rest at Wired and thanks to Joshua for the tip.

Here’s a link to New Kindle Paperwhite

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7 Comments to “The New Kindle Paperwhite Is Perfect for Picky Readers”

  1. Anyone know if the new font/typography engine is going to end up on the Voyage? I have one, and I don’t particularly want to move back to the paperwhite just for the new rendering engine.

  2. From an earlier post here on TPV:

    Amazon updated the Kindle app for iOS with Bookerly and a new layout engine today this morning. Another update rolling out the new font and typesetting technology to users of Amazon’s line of e-ink readers, Android, and other devices will be available later this summer.

  3. I don’t know about the Kindle changes – I have a Fire, but I hardly ever use it now, I mainly read on my iPad. But I got the Bookerly font update to the iPad Kindle software a little while back, and I do really like it.

  4. I used my kindle every day. When you consider that amount of use, the price differential up and down the line is insignificant. You spend another $100 to go up the line but amortize that money across many many hours of use and enjoyment. Spend your money on things (and people!) you spend the most time with.

    • In many ways I agree, but “moving up the line” doesn’t necessarily result in getting a “better product for my requirements”

      A full tablet eats a lot more power than an e-reader for example, and while it can do a lot of things an e-reader can’t do, I may not care.

      Having low-end readers is also good for people buying them as gifts. When I purchased e-readers for my nieces one year, the fact that I needed to buy one for each of them made me rather sensitive to price.

      Personally, I’m using my Kindle DX and will NOT trade it in for a tablet (I also carry a Nexus 10 tablet with me, but I don’t use it for reading) I’m not going to replace it until I can get an e-ink display that’s larger than the on on the DX

  5. Wait, are there even *non* picky readers? Would it not be more accurate to refer to “underserved” readers? Or something?

    Something about the phrasing gets up my nose.

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