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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eReader Review

The backlight stunts battery life, but the Kindle Paperwhite is an impressive eReader.

October 10, 2012
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Reading Books

Reading eBooks on your new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is intensely rewarding, as it feels very much like you're reading from an actual book, and not just a cold, soulless machine. Either tap or swipe to turn pages, and tap the top of the screen to call out a menu for advanced options like font, size, quick jump to a chapter, or get back to the home screen.

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Simple, clean interface.

As far as advanced options go, you can tweet or facebook passages of books if you so choose (and are connected to the internet). If you choose to set down your eReader and switch to a tablet, you can even pick up where you left off as the Kindle App and device both use a feature called "WhisperSync" that tracks your position on an open book across all devices.

Buying Books

To buy a new title, the process is very simple: just set up or link your Amazon account to your kindle when prompted, and enter your preferred billing method. Once you've done this, you will gain access to the brobdingnagian content library of Amazon, and browse the incredibly large selection of eBooks. Simply tap to purchase the title you'd like, and your download will begin as soon as your payment method clears.

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The touchscreen takes some getting used to.
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eBook Formats

While using a relatively closed system like the Kindle, you're probably not going to need to worry about file formats all that much (you'll be using the proprietary format most likely). However, if you're looking to import your library from another type of device or eBook store, you can convert files to PDF, TXT, or the Kindle format using online tools, or download a program like Calibre to convert your old files. Drag and drop them from your computer to your Kindle, and you're good to go.

Newspapers & Magazines

The Amazon Kindle Store also allows you to buy issues of, or subscribe to different periodicals like newspapers and magazines. It works just like the eBook purchases: simply tap to buy or subscribe once you've made your selection. Your titles will not only be downloaded to your Kindle, but available to your account if you use another device.

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Auto-updating subscriptions are very convenient.
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. eReader
  5. Barnes & Noble Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light Comparison
  6. Amazon Kindle Touch Comparison
  7. Conclusion
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