Amazon explains the technology behind the Kindle Paperwhite

Along with its new Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon announced its Kindle Paperwhite earlier this month, the first Kindle eReader to feature a front-lit screen. Amazon says this new technology will prevent eye strain while improving readability. The device also has a touch screen display, replacing last years Kindle Touch, and features 62% more pixels which gives a much higher resolution, 25% better contrast for text, a reported 8-week battery life (even with the light on), Wi-Fi connectivity, and can hold up to 1,100 books. Amazon also boasts that over a million titles are available for less than $9.99.

Today Amazon published this video to YouTube explaining why it's the device they "always wanted to build" and describing the technology behind the Kindle Paperwhite's display and patented built-in light.

Jon McCormack, VP of Kindle Device Software said,

We want to build devices that people love, devices that people will use every single day of their lives.

The device is available for pre-order now and comes priced at $119 for the "ad-supported version" and $139 for the ad-free version. It's currently only available in the US.

 

Source: Kindle YouTube

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people want kindle color book reader. so they can buy and read magazine.
if we use the kindle fire make our eyes fatigue if we read in long time.
Other brand already releasing color ebook reader. amazon need to release it too. because there is huge demand especially in the e magazine market

Wow... that video was actually pretty cool. Nice technology, I think.

If I didn't like the smell of paper, and holding, and most importantly, actually OWNING a physical book, this is what I'd read on.

devHead said,
Looks like a real nice product.

Agreed - My wife used to have the older Kindle 3, it was actually very good as a book reader, minus the lack of a light.. was kind of nice going for about a month on one battery charge and weighed near nothing. This new one looks great if you're looking for a "pure" book reading device.

Max Norris said,

Agreed - My wife used to have the older Kindle 3, it was actually very good as a book reader, minus the lack of a light.. was kind of nice going for about a month on one battery charge and weighed near nothing. This new one looks great if you're looking for a "pure" book reading device.

does these Kindle e-readers allow users to put DRM-free ebooks as well or those exclusively from Amazon only?

grayscale said,
does these Kindle e-readers allow users to put DRM-free ebooks as well or those exclusively from Amazon only?

Can't comment on this new one, but the old one did sure, quite a few of the books she had were run through Calibre for conversion, I would think this new one is the same.

Max Norris said,

Agreed - My wife used to have the older Kindle 3, it was actually very good as a book reader, minus the lack of a light.. was kind of nice going for about a month on one battery charge and weighed near nothing. This new one looks great if you're looking for a "pure" book reading device.

The Kindle 3 is a great device. I unfortunately damaged mine a while back. Will definitely be getting this.