I received a Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon.com for purposes of evaluation. No financial compensation was received and I was not required to give a positive review. Thoughts are my own.
Seeing lots of books around the house while growing up was a big factor for my love of reading. I remember making it a goal when I was a kid to read all the books in our shelves and in my grandfather’s office just because I was curious. And even as an adult, I still love reading — taking in the words, imagining scenes in my mind, feeling the author’s meaning. I believe that reading expands our horizon and that everyone should be encouraged to read no matter the age.
I should admit though that when I became a mother, I started not having time to read books. But a few months ago, I decided to go back and rekindle my love for reading. With all the technological advancements these days, reading doesn’t mean you’ll have to lug around a heavy book because now we can just get ebooks that we can read using our mobile gadgets and computers. But not all devices are created equal, not all devices are created for the same purpose. And one device that’s made specifically for reading books is the Amazon Kindle.
Amazon has 2 types of e-readers: the Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite. The Kindle is a basic e-reader that allows you to read ebooks with e-ink technology which looks like you’re reading text on real paper. It’s small (fits in your back pocket), very light (less than 6 ounces), and fast. Since it reads like paper, there’s no glare even in bright sunlight.
The Kindle Paperwhite on the other hand is a Kindle with some extras. It’s slightly larger and slightly heavier than the Kindle. It has an adjustable built-in light that allows you to read ebooks even in the dark. Another difference between the Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite is that the Paperwhite is touchscreen so you don’t have to press any controls while reading. Just tap on the screen to turn the page on your ebook.
Unlike tablets, the Kindle Paperwhite is designed to deliver the best reading experience because there is no screen glare even when under bright sunlight. You can read with one hand since it’s over 30% lighter than the iPad mini. Battery lasts weeks, not hours. And it has a next-gen built-in light that lets you read without eyestrain.
The biggest factor for me for getting a Paperwhite is the built-in light. I love reading before going to sleep and since we turn off all the lights at bedtime, I usually just use my phone’s flashlight so I can see what I’m reading. But with the Paperwhite, that won’t be an issue anymore. Here are some photos of the Kindle Paperwhite while in the dark:
If you have the regular Kindle (without the built-in light), you may notice though that the text in the Paperwhite is not as dark. And it may take some getting used to especially if you’ve been using your Kindle a lot. It’s not that big of a deal though because you can easily adjust the brightness of the light on the Paperwhite to make the text pop out. Here’s a photo comparison of the Kindle and the Paperwhite.
Since the Kindle Paperwhite is an e-reader and not an all-around tablet, I love that I can focus on what I’m reading without getting distracted by annoying notifications from my email or other apps. I also don’t have to always be near a charger because the battery runs for weeks and not just hours (a single charge can last up to 8 weeks based on a half-hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10).
Overall, I’d say the Kindle Paperwhite is a perfect choice, a must-have for avid readers whose eyes get tired when trying to read ebooks on cellphones or regular tablets. With this, you’ll feel like you’re reading an actual book without having to physically turn pages. And with Amazon.com’s huge collection of ebooks, the Kindle Paperwhite is worth every penny!
BUY IT! The Kindle Paperwhite with Special Offers is available at Amazon.com for $119.
If you’d rather not have ads displayed on your Kindle during idle time, you can purchase the Paperwhite without Special offers for $139. And don’t forget that the Kindle with Special Offers is available for just $69. The one without Special Offers is available for $89.