Amazon has unveiled a new version of its Kindle Paperwhite ereader. Amazon says the new version of the ereader has a higher contrast display. Amazon says, "the pages are virtually indistinguishable from a physical book." The new Kindle also has an improved built-in light, which Amazon says guides light toward the surface of the display. The processor speed of the new Kindle Paperwhite has been boosted by 25%.
Amazon has also added Kindle Page Flip, which lets you skim or scan your ebook without losing your place. This is handy if you want to quickly jump to a map in a fantasy novel and then back to the text. Other new features include in-line footnotes, vocabulary builder, more built-in parental controls and a smart lookup feature that lets you look up information about a word, character or topic.
Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement, "Kindle is the best-selling e-reader in the world for six years running. No one is investing on behalf of readers or pushing the boundaries of hardware, software and content for readers like this team: the new Kindle Paperwhite has brand-new display technology, the next generation of our built-in light, a faster processor, plus all of the exclusive benefits of the Kindle ecosystem like Kindle MatchBook, Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, over 400,000 exclusive titles, Goodreads, Kindle Singles, Kindle Worlds, Kindle FreeTime, and much more."
The new Paperwhite will ship on November 5, 2013. It is available in a WiFi version and a free 3G + WiFi version. The 3G Paperwhite costs $189 and the WiFi only Paperwhite costs $119. You can find the device here