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