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Kindle Paperwhite: The Best Device for Reading

Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite is worth it.

A new study shows that reading literary fiction can help you better understand complex social relationships. If you weren’t reading already, a Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect way to have more than 1,000 books in your back pocket. Reading has never been easier.

I myself was late to the Kindle conversion. I studied some Lit in school, and made a Jonathan Franzen-like decision back in the day that digitized books would ruin us all. I purchased a Kindle Keyboard—why not?—and I’ve been reading twice as fast since; swallowing books at a breakneck pace.

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The newest iteration of Kindle—the Kindle Paperwhite—is, simply put, fantastic. Released earlier this month, the first thing you notice about the new Paperwhite is that it's bright but not too bright. For many, that means reading in the dark without bothering a significant other. It’s only 7.3 ounces and fits into most back pockets, and certainly any bag. It’s available in wi-fi connectivity and 3G wireless. If you’re having trouble connecting to wi-fi to download your books on the Kindle directly, no problem: Amazon support will help you out, or you can download the books right to your desktop, click and drag it onto your Kindle. No hassle. The battery life—an impressive eight weeks with the wireless turned off—is pretty startling. And its speed is unmatched.

Another thing that’s striking about this Paperwhite as opposed to earlier Kindles is the easy-to-use and immersive zero-glare LED touch screen. If you’re in the middle of a book, you only need to know a few directions: Touch right to the next page, left to the previous one, and touch at the top for the menu. The menu lets you change font size, go to the Kindle store, change the brightness of the LED screen, or search a term inside the book.

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It’s a sophisticated piece of small machinery, but one of the big bonuses of the Kindle Paperwhite is the price. Currently, a wi-fi connective Paperwhite with “special offers” (not very distracting ads on the lock and home screen) only costs $119. Without the ads, it’s $139, and for a 3G Paperwhite, where you can download and shop for books anywhere, it’s $189. Considering how much money you can save in the Kindle store—the average price for a digital book, especially a new one, is much cheaper—the fairly small price of a Kindle Paperwhite is far and away worth it.

So if you’re looking to expand your brainpower and look classy as hell in the process, a Kindle Paperwhite should be in your bag (or pocket, as the case may be). Amazon’s promise was to dissolve the technology around the book so you can focus on the book itself, making it an immersive experience just like reading a paperback. It’s something only the best technology can promise. They delivered.

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