The Kindle Fire may be Amazon’s major focus these days, but the retailer hasn’t forgotten its incredibly successful line of e-readers. In fact, it announced a brand new Kindle last year with the Paperwhite, and the retailer decided today that it was in need of an upgrade.
Amazon announced today a brand new Kindle Paperwhite featuring a number of upgrades from last year’s model. The original Paperwhite set itself apart with a better display and a built-in backlight that made reading for hours on end even easier than on previous models. Now the defining features of last year’s Paperwhite are being made even better.
“Kindle is the best-selling e-reader in the world for six years running,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “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.”
According to Amazon, here’s all the new features coming along with the new Kindle Paperwhite:
All the above features will be available at launch, except for Goodreads and FreeTime integration. Both will be delivered via a free update at a later date.
So, when will you be able to get your hands on the new Kindle Paperwhite? The Amazon pre-order page lists it as having a launch date of September 30, and it’s available for $119 if you’re fine with having ads displayed on the home screen when you’re not reading. For an extra $20, you can get a Kindle Paperwhite without the ads.[Image: Amazon]