How excited are you to take your brand new Kindle Paperwhite everywhere with you after scooping it up from below the Christmas tree? Before you catch up on that long reading list, outfit the ereader with a sweet case. The latest Amazon ereader, blends adjustable back lighting and traditional e-ink with a touchscreen display, offering bookworms an even better reading experience. To prepare for new reading material we found nine cases, from the simple to the bright that make it OK to judge a book by its cover.
Amazon revealed updates to the Kindle ereaders and its line of Kindle Fire tablets this week, so in case you missed it, here's a quick recap:
- Kindle Fire HD — The popular Kindle Fire tablet now has HD capabilities, bigger storage capacities, and two screen sizes to choose from. The seven-inch tablet starts at $199 and will be available Sept. 14. The 8.9-inch tablet makes it debut Nov. 20 and has pricing from $299 for a WiFi model to $599 for the 4G LTE Wireless version.
- Next-Gen Kindle Fire — Available Sept. 14, the next-generation Kindle Fire includes many of the same features as its predecessor, but with a lower $159 price point, faster processing speed, and longer battery life.
- Kindle Paperwhite — After the Nook Glowlight's debut, it makes sense that Amazon would unveil their own version of a back-lit ereader with the touchscreen Kindle Paperwhite. At less than eight ounces in weight, it makes use of the Kindle Touch X-ray feature and includes the new ability to estimate how much reading time is left in a book. Available Oct. 1, the Kindle Paperwhite WiFi model will cost $119, and the 3G version, which requires no data contract or plan, will be priced at $179.
- Next-Gen Kindle — The entry-level ereader got a small revamp with a 15 percent faster page-turn speed, new fonts, crisper text, and a price drop — it's now available for $69.
Which Amazon tablet or ereader are you likely to purchase?
After days of speculation as to what new product Amazon had up its sleeve for today's LA press conference, the reveals are pouring in, starting with a backlit ereader called Kindle Paperwhite. Sharper with a higher-contrast display than the Kindle Touch, the new device uses Amazon-made Paperwhite technology, a blend of adjustable back lighting and traditional e-ink with a capacitive touchscreen display.
Despite the constant light use, Amazon claims the 7.5-ounce Kindle Paperwhite touts an eight-week battery life from a single charge and measures 9.1mm thick. A small text addition in the lower left corner estimates how much reading time is left in a chapter or the entire book based on a user's reading speed.
This Kindle model continues to use the X-ray feature first introduced with the Kindle Touch, showing relevant information on the page such as dictionary and Wiki entries. The Paperwhite also takes a page from the Kindle Fire with a cover mode homescreen, to swipe through the library without scrolling to a menu. The Kindle Paperwhite WiFi model is $119, and the 3G version, which requires no data contract or plan, is priced at $179. Preorders start today, and both Paperwhite models will ship Oct. 1.
Not to be outdone by its touchscreen brethren, the entry-level Kindle also received a refresh and lower price point today.