Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite adopts the best parts of the Kindle Oasis

Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite is the first update to the company’s line of lightweight budget e-readers since 2015

The latest incarnation of the ebook reader is not only thinner and lighter than its predecessors, but also waterproof.

In addition to new reading hardware, Amazon announced that it is updating the Kindle home screen with more recommendations, data about your reading habits and tips on how to get the most out of your Kindle.

The new model boasts twice the storage space of previous Kindles, and the screen is not only the highest resolution offered by Amazon (300ppi), but also flush with the front of the reader's bezel for a higher-quality finish. According to Amazon it "is created to withstand accidental drops in the bathtub, hot tub, pool, and ocean".

It's been about 11 years since Amazon released the very first Kindle, which was a time when having a dedicated book-gadget made sense.

If you are someone that enjoys reading in the bath, you'll be happy to know that the new Paperwhite features an IPX8 rating, meaning that it will be protected from fluids and can be immersed in fresh water up to two meters for up to 60 minutes.

Other new features features include the ability to listen to Audible audiobooks through Bluetooth headphones or speakers, as well as a slightly improved display that the company claims will be 10% brighter than the last-gen. Those who like to go back and forth between the e-book and audiobook version of a story may end up using Whispersync more now that Audible integration is available on a more affordable Kindle.

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The new 2018 Kindle Paperwhite is the second Amazon e-ink device to be given the water resistance treatment following the launch of the Rolls Royce of e-readers, the £230 Oasis, in 2017.

If you've wanted to take your Paperwhite into the hot tub, now you can.

Amazon dominates the e-book and e-reader market, but it does have new competition in the USA from Kobo and Walmart. Users will also be able to make customized reading settings like font, boldness, and orientation so they can easily switch between reading profiles when necessary.

The all-new Kindle Paperwhite prices start from £119.99 for the 8 GB model and £149.99 for the 32 GB model. The 32 GB with free cellular connectivity is $249.99.

All are available today for pre-order.



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