Kindle Paperwhite 8 GB – Black

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Redefined Reading Experience

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has been redesigned with a larger 6.8-inch display and adjustable warm light for a more comfortable reading experience. This reinvention of the popular ebook reader is the perfect companion for any literature fan. The Paperwhite features a flush-front display and adjustable font sizes to adjust to any desired level of comfort when reading, making it much easier for extended periods. In addition, the 6.8-inch display provides a brighter screen and a higher resolution of 300 ppi, making it easy to enjoy crisp text, clear images, and vibrant colors.

Endless Possibilities

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite provides access to millions of titles and audiobooks via the Kindle Store. Whether you’re a fan of fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, or romance, the Paperwhite is sure to have something to suit your tastes. On top of that, the integrated Wi-Fi and 8GB of storage on the device give you ample options for downloading your favorite titles and storing them for later reads. With Audible integration, users can easily switch from reading to listening to their favorite books.

Designed with Comfort and Mobility in Mind

The device itself is lightweight and convenient. At just 10.3 ounces, the Kindle Paperwhite is perfect for travel or for carrying around with you throughout a busy day. The battery life is also quite impressive, lasting for weeks at a time without needing to be recharged. It also comes with a usb cable, so you can quickly and easily charge the device and get back to your latest read.

Built-In Light and Ready for Adventure

The newly added adjustable warm light technology makes the Paperwhite even better for reading at night. The pre-installed light has 10 settings, so you can adjust it to the suitable brightness for any time of day. Furthermore, the device is IPX8 waterproof, which means you can read worry-free, even if you leave it by the pool or in the bathtub.


  • 6.8-inch screen display with 300 ppi
  • Adjustable warm light and 10 brightness settings
  • Integrated Wi-Fi and 8GB of storage
  • Weighs just 10.3 ounces
  • Battery life lasts for weeks at a time
  • USB cable included for quick charging
  • IPX8 waterproof certified
  • Millions of titles and audiobooks available in the Kindle Store
  • Audible integration for easy switching between reading and listening
  • Adjustable font sizes and flush-front display

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  1. LastGas

    OK, I fouled up with my Kindle Paperwhite 11th edition purchase. It was Prime Day and the Kindle was marked WAY DOWN, and I opted for the bundle: Kindle + Charger + fabric cover. Now don’t get me wrong, the Charger is nice and the fabric cover is very nice, but for a device Amazon says you only need to charge 5 times a year, getting a premium charger doesn’t really make much sense. I already have plenty of chargers, and the Kindle will charge overnight whether I use their super-fast premium charger or something else. And while the case is undeniably nice, you can get one for less than half the money from other sellers on Amazon.

    I did not make the mistake of getting the ad-free version. The ad appears on the lock screen and as soon as you swipe the screen, it goes away and stays away for your entire reading session. It’s 100% unobtrusive. Other people have given the Kindle one star because they bought the ad-free version, and were angry there are still “suggestions” on the Home screen that they consider ads. All I can say is that you get that no matter what, and the solution is to switch to the Library screen rather than the Home screen; that’s very easy on the latest software version.

    The other huge mistake I made over 4 years ago was subscribing to Kindle Unlimited and somehow not knowing that it was automatically renewing silently every month (for $9.99). I paid enough to buy several Kindles. I guess I thought it was part of Amazon Prime or just something that comes with a Kindle. You can bundle Kindle Unlimited “Free” for 3 months with your Kindle purchase, but just watch out when that 3 months are over. I have generally found Kindle Unlimited books second rate (with a few exceptions).

    I bought one of the original Kindle Fire versions and the first Kindle Fire HD. They were cool, but I didn’t end up using them much. They didn’t have good battery life, they were hard to read outdoors, and Kindle software on other portable devices was fine. I think the first one eventually failed, and I gave the HD away to someone who needed to do something that required a Kindle. I have a nice Windows tablet.

    But I have always wanted a Paperwhite because of its long battery life and superb readability outdoors. Plus it was heavily discounted on Prime Day and I bought one.

    So how did it live up to expectations? Pretty well. The “10 weeks” battery life claim seems exaggerated, but still if you pick it up to go somewhere, it will probably be charged and last another day. Outdoor readability is simply amazing.

    After receiving the device, the software updated. I think it updated twice. My “Experimental Web Browser” turned into the “Web Browser” and the navigation improved markedly (addressing issues I read in other 1-star reviews). The web browser is still very limited and doesn’t display some web pages correctly (like the Internet Archive), and error messages still mention the “Experimental” browser. You can’t access YouTube, for example, Twitter doesn’t seem to work at all, and the New York Times is not readable.

    On books, three-level table of contents don’t work on the Kindle, although they work on Kindle for PC.

    I had a very good experience emailing a PDF document downloaded from our local Planning Commission to the Kindle. Things you send to the Kindle arrive very fast. Amazon did, however, require me to verify myself as a sender before it would deliver email attachments to the Kindle, even though my email address is on the approved senders list at Amazon. Also plugging the Kindle to a PC lets you drag and drop supported document types (notably MOBI and PDF) to the Kindle where the immediately appear in your Library. The Send to Kindle for PC app is currently broken as reported by me and others on Amazon forums.

    The device is somewhat sluggish in general with a 1-second delay for most things: swipes, scrolls and navigation. That’s certainly not something that would interfere with reading a book. There are so many different ways to navigate, that it can appear jumbled and confusing, plus the software updates I got changed everything, making me re-learn the UI. I think in the end that I will be accustomed to it and it will appear more natural.

    One severe limitation is that you cannot play audio files in general. While it supports Bluetooth headphones for books from Audible, it cannot play music or audio books in general. (I hope this is enhanced in a future software update.)

    So should you buy one of these? If you want to sit outdoors under a tree or at the beach for hours on end reading a book, a Kindle Paperwhite makes a lot of sense. The reading experience is good, it’s visually sharp and the charge lasts a long time. If you want to listen to music, or do much of anything else you can do on a phone or a tablet computer, you’re out of luck.

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  2. Joe Buckley

    This Kindle was purchased to replace a still-in-service original Paperwhite bought in Oct 2012. Its battery was starting to hold it’s charge for shorter and shorter times.

    Functionally, it still works fine, if I disregard the now-degraded battery life. I use it daily, averaging over an hour of use.

    This new Kindle is a bit of a mixed-bag.

    The return window on it has just closed, so my dithering on whether or not to return it is now moot.

    I read some feedback suggesting that the display, while higher-dot-pitch, was a bit fuzzy (due to the flush touch-screen) and seemed to be something of a fingerprint magnet. I discounted those comments before purchasing.

    I was surprised to discover that the fingerprint issue *is* a real thing and can, at times, be distracting. The slight degradation in clarity seems to be balanced off against the higher dot-pitch. This goes hand-in-hand with the flush-front design. I’d like it more without the fingerprints being so much more noticeable.

    After a month, the charge on the new unit dropped low enough for me to plug it in for a full charge. Their published battery-life estimates have always been based on what I consider very light usage levels. But certainly reasonable and easy to extrapolate battery lifetime with heavier usage.

    One of the worst parts of the Kindle experience from the beginning is the totally tone-deaf view of the readers by the software development team (or, more accurately, their management). They actively go out of their way to deny the end user the ability to customize their Kindles. Locking down the system to prevent any third-party software access. (“have [it] painted any color he wants as long as it’s black”)

    I was greatly saddened when I discovered that the current generation of the reader OS has been hardened enough to so-far stymied the developer community.

    I look forward to the day they break it. And break it hard.

    My original Paperwhite has been jailbroken/hacked/rooted/customized so I could tweak its settings. And it’s been in airplane mode for a decade. I side-load everything I read. *Nothing* goes over the air.

    I like reading with *very* little margin on the page. I already have a quarter-inch bezel on the device, I want to put more words on the page, narrowing the side margins even more than the narrowest option currently available to the native operating system. My old PW is set that way.

    I like having custom lock-screen images on my unit. I have a directory full of images in the original that get randomly shuffled and picked each time the lock screen comes up. The new unit has the original tiny collection provided by the OS that feels old after a month with no access to the storage directory.

    How difficult would it be to give access to an image directory for the end user with the desire to do so? *That* should be easy to implement. It’s not like that would be a directory full of executables.

    If someone can tickle the unit into *executing code through an image file*, then your team might want to reconsider being in the OS business.

    It also seems like the price differential between the 8GB and 16GB models has dropped since I purchased my unit only five weeks ago.

    I would probably have sprung for the extra RAM, even though I doubt it would be useful in my case unless I got into audiobooks in a big way.

    I’ve been using the blue-white light on the original reader for so long that I haven’t felt the need to go out of my way to use the ‘warm-light’ feature on the new one. I *have* set the automatic time-based adjustment feature and it is in use during nighttime reads, but it hasn’t had a noticeable impact (positive or negative) on my habitual reading. It probably does improve reading for many people, though.

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