New Kindle Paperwhite Gets Rid of 50 Shades of Gray, Not '50 Shades of Grey'

Love them or hate them, e-books are here to stay, so why not invest in the Cadillac of e-ink readers, the new Kindle Paperwhite. I rarely heap praise on a particular device - I'm far too jaded for that - but the Paperwhite is probably the best e-reader you can buy (if you're an Amazon fan) and it really shows how far things have come since the early days of the first Kindle.

Why is the Paperwhite so cool? Like the Nook Simple Touch With Glowlight, the Paperwhite has a backlit screen for reading in the dark. The important thing to note is that this device uses e-ink technology to display text and graphics, so not only is it as bright as a tablet computer, it has excellent readability and contrast and can be used in direct sunlight.


The Paperwhite comes in two versions, 3G and Wi-Fi. The $179 3G version accesses the network via 3G cellular connections and lets you download books for free nearly anywhere in the world. The $139 Wi-Fi version only uses wireless home networks to download books.

The Kindle also comes with built-in "special offers," a.k.a. ads that show up on various parts of the screen when you're not reading. You can pay $20 extra to have these turned off, although you will find them fairly innocuous.

Why pick a Kindle over a Nook? Well, if you've already bought books on either platform, you probably don't want to switch right now. If you're looking for a reason to pick up an e-reader, though, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better device. The Nook with Glowlight, while solid, doesn't have quite as bright and crisp a screen. It's rare that I ever heap praise on a device, but believe me: this screen is strikingly beautiful, akin to reading a book under a mini booklight, the pages illuminated a bright white, instead of on a dark, gray screen.

Books are going the way of the Dodo. If you're still not certain whether you should jump into e-books or you are still nostalgic for paper, take my advice: pick up a Kindle Paperwhite and some of this new book fragrance. You'll thank me later as you're thumbing through your favorite titles effortlessly with a scent from the past permeating the room.

Does the Kindle Paperwhite sound like your kind of e-book?

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