Kindle Paperwhite Review

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The Kindle Paperwhite is widely seen as one of the best values and best all-around eReaders on the market, especially since this most recent update with the higher resolution screen.

The biggest advantage to this product is the high screen resolution, which is exactly the same as Amazon’s pricier models. The screen is really one of the most important features as well, because it is the aspect that you’ll be interacting with most frequently. While the screen is inset instead of flush like on the more expensive models, and the contrast is slightly lower, these are all pretty minimal distinctions that shouldn’t affect your experience with the eReader too much.

The new text, Bookerly, is also a huge boon in favor of this product. Previously, the text was harder to read and also frequently caused odd spacing to occur between words or paragraphs, making it look less book-like. The new text has fixed both of these problems.

How Does the Kindle Paperwhite Work?

The Kindle Paperwhite works pretty much the same as any other eReader. You download books right from the screen through your Amazon login. They are added to your “library” and then you can choose which book to read, and “turn” the pages by tapping the screen. One feature that this Kindle does not have that the more expensive versions do is a page-turning button. While the touch screen is quite responsive, some people do prefer having the ease of the page-turning button instead of relying on the touchscreen.

There are also some great features to enhance your reading experience such as Wordwise, which can offer definitions, synonyms and homonyms of words. This is a great resource if you’re learning a new language. It also has a feature called X-Ray, which allows you to get a sense for people, places and things in a book and how often they are mentioned. This can be very useful if you’re used to juggling multiple books at once. In addition, you access the social network, Goodreads, right on your Kindle, which allows you to log the books you’ve read, leave reviews and interact with friends.

What Can You Read on the Kindle Paperwhite?

You have access to Amazon’s vast library of books on the Kindle Paperwhite. With hundreds of thousands of options, you’ll likely find any book you desire available for you to purchase for a very low price. Additionally, if you have an Amazon Prime membership, you get free unlimited access to the entire library. There is also a wide selection of free public domain books available to download.

In addition to books, you can also subscribe to newspapers and magazines right through your account on your Kindle and have them delivered to you there each day, week or month. There is also a wide of selection of comic books and graphic novels to choose from. Both full-length and strip comics are available to download.

You can even download PDFs to read on your Kindle by connecting the Kindle to your computer through the USB port. If you have some documents for work that you need to read on-the-go this can be a fantastic option.

Common Reviews of Kindle Paperwhite

The general reviews are overall very positive, with 72 percent giving it five stars and 15 percent giving it four stars. People like the product a lot. The display is definitely the biggest draw for most reviewers. While many bemoaned the fact that there wasn’t a huge improvement from the 2015 model, they also acknowledged that there wasn’t much need for the improvement. It is generally agreed that the product offers great resolution and is very easy to read.

Most of the negative reviews center around the fact that you have to pay to remove ads, and some expressed a desire for a larger screen. The bevels on all Kindles are quite large, which is handy for holding onto the Kindle, but does reduce the actual screen size you’re looking at. Some also complained that the screen is still more gray than “paper white.”

Is Amazon Paperwhite for Me?

If you’re looking for an eReader with all the necessary features at a reasonable price, this is the perfect Kindle for you. Many have called it the best all-around Kindle because it has everything you need and nothing you don’t, which allows Amazon to keep the price down. It makes it an amazingly good value, especially with the screen upgrade making it clearer and easier to read, and the fact that you get the same resolution as more expensive models. While you might notice a slightly better coloring on the more expensive models, for a full $100 less the Paperwhite is very much worth the cost difference.

About the Author

Jeff Hindenach

Jeff Hindenach is the co-founder of Versus Reviews. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He has a long history of journalism, with a background writing for newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Examiner, as well as writing for The Huffington Post, New York Times, Business Insider, CNBC, Newsday and The Street. He believes in giving readers the tools they need to get out of debt.