In the recent past, accessing and reading online books was a huge challenge to most people because you had to purchase the book to access it. With the rapid global advancement of technology, different manufacturers and companies have developed various devices and applications which have made more people able to access and read ebooks with ease.
Amazon, who is one of the major online retailers has developed a device called kindle which has eased the access to ebooks.
A Kindle is a tablet-like hand-held electronic device for reading books online. The kindle device has had developments and improvements over time, and the latest kindle model from Amazon is the Kindle Paperwhite with a touchscreen.
Kindle Paperwhite E-reader
With the original first generation Kindle Paperwhite E-reader model released in 2012, significant improvements have been made to subsequent releases. The second generation model released in 2013 had a better display, 2 GB data storage, and a longer battery life. While the second generation 2014 model only increased the storage to 4 GB, the third generation 2015 model improved the display resolution but slightly reduced the
Features and specifications
The Kindle Paperwhite’s features are drawn majorly from other Amazon’s eBook readers by capitalizing on the best of the previous Kindle models. It’s easy to read on the device and navigate through its menus. It also has standard hardware and software features. Below are some of the features found in the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader.
The Kindle Paperwhite E-reader is available both in black or white color.
This Kindle has a great high-resolution display that includes a 1448 x 1072 display with a pixel density mark of 300 ppi which is twice the pixels in the previous generation. Onscreen text is smooth with virtually no visible pixelation on individual letters.
Unlike other tablets and smartphone which have reflective screens, Kindle Paperwhite has a 6-inch glare-free screen which reads like paper even in bright sunlight.
Kindle Paperwhite has an inbuilt front light which guides light toward the surface of the display thus enabling you to read comfortably for hours without eyestrain. The screen’s brightness can also be adjusted for better reading during the day or night.
The device does not have physical buttons which are often a slight nuisance. You tap the screen to access a secondary menu bar, to view search functions and return to the homepage. Other basic tasks such as scrolling through pages are fast and straightforward to notice.
Page flip makes it easy to find pictures, maps, charts, and notes as well as highlights from different parts of a book by automatically saving the page you’re reading and pinning it to the side of your screen while you swipe to other pages or zoom out.
Design and portability
Having dimensions of 169 x 117 x 9.1 mm and weight of 217 grams, the Kindle Paperwhite is light and can comfortably be held in one hand. Its design has a clean matte black case with a slight bulge near the bottom which houses the power button and charging port. It also has a rubber back which helps prevent slips and drops.
Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity
The Kindle e-reader has Wi-Fi and may also include free mobile connectivity which helps you shop, buy, and read with ease. The built-in free cellular connectivity enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection.
The Kindle Paperwhite has robust content options in the Amazon’s bookstore. It also supports book sharing and library rentals as well as access to public library collections and subscriptions to major newspapers. Apart from Amazon’s catalog and services, the Kindle Paperwhite has premium features at an affordable price while premium members read free with unlimited access to over a thousand titles.
Kindle Paperwhite offers a great reading experience with its warm and contemporary Bookerly. Bookerly is a font exclusively crafted for reading on digital screens and has the best fonts in modern print books but is also hand-crafted for excellent readability at any font size. It enables a person to read with larger font sizes without compromising the reading experience while page layout and margins automatically adjust to work well at even the greatest font sizes.
The device doesn’t keep you tethered to a charging outlet because a single battery charge can last for weeks with wireless turned off and the light setting at ten.
Kindle Paperwhite is purpose-built for reading and doesn’t distract you with social media, emails, and text messages pop-ups.
Paperwhite doesn’t have issues of formatting chapter titles and text breaks because they are set as soon as an eBook finishes downloading. The straightforward reading interface also cleanly lays out text and provides options for text search and highlighting capabilities.
With the established presence in the eBook market, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite E-reader remains the best choice for eBook readers. While the Paperwhite isn’t without shortcomings such as the lack of physical navigation buttons and a feel of cluttered screen, the sturdy build quality, and excellent display makes it an exceptional option for users. The lack of a dedicated home-screen return button is also an inconvenience.