Kindle Ereader vs Kindle Paperwhite
Latest news about Kindle Ereader and Kindle Paperwhite:
11.05.16. Amazon released Kindle Paperwhite USB Audio Bundle. Amazon unveiled a new USB audio bundle that allows Kindle e-Readers to give audio prompts when clicking on menus and text to speech functionality for listening to e-books. VoiceView for Kindle, which uses Amazon’s natural language text-to-speech voices also lets visually impaired customers read Kindle books. The USB audio dongle connects to headphones or speakers, which then allows the ability to listen to and navigate the user interface, in addition to listening to books. The only e-reader the new adapter is compatible with is the latest generation Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon says they are looking to make it available on other units in the future, such as the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis.
22.06.15. New $119 Kindle Paperwhite will be easy on your eyes. Amazon has announced a new $119 Kindle Paperwhite e-reader with a 6-inch 300ppi display and a new font and book layout system that will make it easier to dig into The Martian during summer vacation. The reader will ship on June 30 and is available for pre-order now. The reader is essentially the same as the previous Paperwhite – a bright, almost white glare-free screen inside a nearly featureless slab of black plastic – but this model has “twice as many pixels” as the previous version and will display “laser quality text.” Font nerds will rejoice because Amazon has created a new typeface, Bookerly, that they claim is easier to read. They will also add a new “typesetting engine” that will improve book layout even at larger font sizes.
15.11.14. Kindle Update for e-readers lets enables sharing books with your family. Amazon brings new update to Kindle e-readers, so that the new e-reading features of the Kindle Voyage were available for older Kindles. The new features include Family Library (which gives people with Amazon accounts linked to family members the ability to read books a family member has previously downloaded), Word Wise (a feature that makes definitions for difficult words automatically pop up above them), Enhanced search (which now pulls results not only from your library, but also Goodreads and the Kindle Store) and About This Book (which provides information like author bios and other titles in the series as you start to read). The update will be supported by Paperwhite 2nd generation, Kindle Voyage and the most recent low-end Kindles.
18.09.14. Amazon unveils $199 Kindle Voyage and new simple Kindle ereader with touchscreen. Amazon today introduced the 7th generation of Kindle: Kindle Voyage, the premium, most advanced e-reader ever, and the new simple Kindle ereader, with a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, and now with a touch interface. Kindle Voyage costs $199. Should you buy it? Depends on how much you care about page turns. On either side of the reader face are two thin lines. A gentle press anywhere along those lines advances and turns back a page. Amazon even built in a very subtle bit of haptic feedback to let you know the thing is working. You can also advance pages via a swipe on the touch screen. To be fair, it also has a flat glass, high-resolution screen and a brighter, self-adjusting light.
19.08.14. Kindle Paperwhite gets twice more internal storage. Amazon quietly updated Kindle Paperwhite 2nd generation hardware. The latest model is identical to the version released last year, except with doubled internal storage. The international product page for the Wi-Fi Kindle Paperwhite started sporting a banner earlier this summer pointing to a “current version” product page. Kindle fans on the MobileRead forums have confirmed the new page is for a 4GB Paperwhite, which was previously only available in Japan. Amazon states that this isn’t a new product — it’s the old Paperwhite, but with more storage.
12.03.14. Amazon adds Goodreads integration to Kindle Paperwhite 1. Amazon is pushing out the software update for first-gen Kindle Paperwhite that bring Goodreads integration and other new functions to the e-reader. The currently available Paperwhite, a second-generation model, already has Goodreads support, gaining it last November. The update also includes Kindle FreeTime, which curates books for children and lets parents block time for them to read, Cloud Collections for organization and Page Flip for scanning content without losing your place. The Bookmarks, Highlights and Notes feature can now be accessed more quickly. The update will roll out over the next few weeks to devices in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
2013. Kindle Paperwhite will nudge kids to read more. After the software update for the Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon announced an upgrade for the Kindle Paperwhite e-Ink e-readers. The most ineteresting enhancement is the goal-oriented feature to nudge kids to read more. Parents now can encourage their children to read more by setting daily and long-term reading goals on the Kindle Paperwhite. Progress reports are available for parents and kids get satisfaction by earning achievement awards based on goal and reading progress. Besides, as well as the Fire-tablet, Kindle Paperwhite gets Goodreads integration. You can see what titles your Goodreads friends are reading now and set a Goodreads rating after finishing a book. You can even share passages to Goodreads directly from a book. And all your Amazon book purchases, either print or digital, can now be imported to a Goodreads account.
2013. Amazon announced new faster Kindle Paperwhite. The second-generation Kindle Paperwhite will cost the same as the older version — starting at $119 for a Wi-Fi version with ads — and offers a higher-contrast display, a better light and a faster processor. It also includes some software improvements that could eventually be rolled out to older Kindles: Kindle PageFlip (lets readers skim through a book without losing their place), Vocabulary Builder (lets users quiz themselves on the words they had to look up while reading), Smart Lookup (integrates a full dictionary definition with other reference information about a word, character, topic or book via X-Ray and Wikipedia). The new Kindle Paperwhite starts shipping on September 30.
2012. Kindle e-Readers sales make no profit to Amazon. During his interview to BBC Amazon chief executive manager Jeff Bezos said that the company sells the Kindle e-readers and tablets at their production cost and doesn't earn anything on their sales. "We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy them" - he said. That's a much different business model, than Apple, which has built up a huge cash pile through the profit margins on its mobile products. Recall, the price of the latest model Kindle Paperwhite starts from $119 for the Wi-Fi version, and Kindle 5 - costs $69. To be fair, we note that Amazon earns not only on selling books and media content via Kindle, but also on advertising, which is shown during the Kindle sleep mode.
2012. Amazon unveils Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle 5. The e-reader arms race never stops these days. Today Amazon has unveiled two new e-ink e-readers - cheap Kindle 5 and "frontlit" Kindle Paperwhite. Of course, the second model is going to compete with the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight and Kobo Glo. All these e-readers allow to read books in the dark, but it seems, Paperwhite surpasses the competitors. The screen looks almost perfectly white while the Nook still has a tinge of grey. And Amazon has also improved the battery life, claiming eight weeks of use even with the light on (compared to the Nook’s month). Kindle Paperwhite has a touch screen - actually it replaces Kindle Touch in Amazon's e-reader family.