Kindle Paperwhite popular, delayed until November

Amazon practically invented the e-book market with their first Kindle reader back in 2007. Since then they've been refining the technology, adding touch-based screens and better resolution. The Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon's e-reader with a frontlight, was recently released to glowing reviews.

The newest Kindle has been so popular that the ship date has been slipping. Last week Amazon predicted a ship date of October 22nd, and today that date has been pushed back to sometime in November. According to Digitimes, the delay could be caused by issues in the supply chain, but the fact that the date has been slipping indicates that demand for the device is extremely high and is expected to reach a few million in 2012.

Interestingly, the Kindle Fire HD is not experiencing a backlog. It's unclear whether there are simply no supply chain issues with the tablet or if the demand simply isn't as high.

Source: Amazon.com | Via: Digitimes

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My Paperwhite arrived yesterday. It's replacing a Kindle 3 (keyboard edition). I haven't had much time to use the new one yet, but so far, I think that overall I'll enjoy having it.

The touchscreen is actually pretty good and responsive. Typing in my WiFi password was actually easier on the touchscreen keyboard than it is on my Kindle 3's real keyboard. The new Paperwhite is tiny and light, yet the screen is the exact same size as my old Kindle. Also, the font on the new one is much easier to read.

As for the main attraction... the light itself... I have mixed reactions. Before I get into the light itself though, I'll just say that with the light completely shut off, the screen is better than the Kindle 3. So without even considering the light, it's a better display.

Okay, as I said, I have mixed reactions about the light. There are four LEDs at the bottom of the screen that you can actually see if you look at the Kindle from the other end and angle it correctly. They are bright! So bright, in fact, that at the factory default brightness setting (22 I think), the text near the bottom of the page is slightly washed out, which annoys me. I toned down the brightness to 16 and it was much better. Considering the new screen is better than the one on my old Kindle even without the light, there's no question that Paperwhite feature is a better way to illuminate the display than older external light options. So I think it's going to be a win.

On a related note: the light really does shine down at the display rather than out at your face. I sleep on the right side of the bed, and the light on my Kindle 3 Leather case would shine at my wife. That won't be a problem with the Paperwhite.

A part of me is hoping something happens to my Kindle 3 so that I can upgrade to a Paperwhite and no longer rely on my external light, though I'm not crazy about losing the keyboard and having a touch screen. Oh the woes I have.

Mathachew said,
A part of me is hoping something happens to my Kindle 3 so that I can upgrade to a Paperwhite and no longer rely on my external light, though I'm not crazy about losing the keyboard and having a touch screen. Oh the woes I have.

My kindle 3 screen got damaged. Just in time for the paperwhite!