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The New Paperwhite Kindle

For those considering an e-reader, or wanting to upgrade to a Kindle that doesn’t need a light, but not wanting to go to the back-lit, harder-on-the-eyes  Kindle Fire, there’s a new game in town.  While I love browsing on devices like my iPhone and the Kindle Fire, reading for hours on them is not comfortable to me, so I’ve been using my first basic Kindle.  You know the one?  With the tiny little buttons on the bottom? Not only are those really small, but the ink has worn off of most of the ones on my device, making it difficult to type accurately.  Plus, the very qualities that make this older Kindle kind on weary eyes mean that it has to have an auxiliary light when reading in a darkened room.  I still prefer it to back-lit readers, but it does have its drawbacks.

At last, we have the option of a self-lit Kindle with the same e-ink technology that makes it is as close to reading a real printed page as you can possibly get today, but without the need of an outside light source.  Whoa.  Check out Sharechair’s great review for more detailed information, and you might also want to stop by CNET for a great video demonstration.  I’m sold.  I now know exactly what I’m asking Santa for this year.  And while you are on Sharechair’s blog page, check out all the other great articles she has on how to use today’s gadgets and apps for those of us who aren’t totally tech savvy.  It’s one of my favorite places to browse.

As for why I like the option of getting books on my Kindle, in addition to buying real books for my library, you can read my earlier post on the matter here:  A Newly Kindled Love

Kindles rule!

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5 thoughts on “The New Paperwhite Kindle

  1. I still don’t have a digital book reader. I still go to the library and or the bookstore and get the actual book in hand. Maybe one of these days. Its not that I prefer the actual book, its just being able to afford the digital reader right now. 🙂


  2. Save your pennies, Jennifer. Put a jar on your desktop and put loose change in it every day. You really NEEEEEED an e-reader. No reason to quit enjoying your regular books. I still do, believe me, and a package from amazon is a cause for great celebration around here. But there are many, many advantages to having an e-reader, too.


    How do I love thee, my Kindle? Let me count the ways! I love thee, O’ Kindle, to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach, becaaaaaause:

    1. Thy ebooks are cheapeth, and saveth me mucho moolah every time I buy.

    2. Thy free books aboundeth, letting me stock up on Classic literature and many other good things, whilst paying nary a cent.

    3. Thy print can be adjusted to a size that worketh well for my tired ol’ eyes.

    4. Thou cometh now with a built in light source for reading in the blackest hours of night, without awakening that cranky-pants of a spouse sharing my sleeping chambers.

    5. Thou doth weigh much less than a standard paperback, making thou comfortable to hold, and turning thy pages with one touch is a ceaseless cause for pleasure.

    6. When mine eyes have read the last page of an enchanting series just as the clock striketh midnight, I can ordereth forth the next book at once and be reading it by midnight-oh-two!

    Shall I go on? Or have I pretty much run this joke into the ground and trampled all over it?

    Seriously, I can’t tell you how sad I would be without my Kindle. It fits in my purse, so I always have my entire library with me when I’m sitting in waiting rooms, or lunching by myself somewhere. I wasn’t sure before I got it, but it has turned out to be one of the best gifts I ever received. I can’t recommend having one enough. Honest.

    NOTE: The above was a totally unpaid for message brought to you by me and me alone. No cash at all exchanged hands, I swear! 🙂 Okay, three guys did throw some coins at me to try to make me shut up and go away, but other than that……..


  3. I’m so honored by your link and your kind words. And I LOVE your answer to Jennifer! You sum it up so well. And I think your experience of “not being sure” when you got it but then ….. love! well, I think that is a common experience shared by many. Now I’m on my way to check out your book thoughts! 🙂


  4. Hi, Kathy! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. It’s great to see you here. I just had to share the link to your post about this new Kindle. I hope lots of folks will go read about it in detail, and then try it out for themselves. Even my old Kindle has enriched my life greatly, and I can’t wait to upgrade to this one. And I probably wouldn’t even have given it a thought without your posts. Thanks so much for having such an informative and interesting blog. And I hope you’ll stop back by here now and then, too. You never know what I might be up to. 🙂


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