Well, I'll be!
Quiet Amazon just released a new Kindle Paperwhite model, at the same price as the 2nd Paperwhite.
I'll be referring to this as the Paperwhite 3 or Paperwhite 2015. (UK Paperwhite 3 is here.)
Things that stand out from the press release:
• 300 Pixels per Inch for Laser-Quality Text
This one has double the pixels of the Paperwhite 2, matching the premium (higher cost) Voyage model at 300 pixels per inch now.
This should make reading of the smaller fonts much more doable.
Those who reviewed the Yoyage, with the same resolution, tended to write that it is more like looking at a physical book page and that the words just pop off the screen as a result. With smaller fonts that are very readable, you can view more text on a page.
The ability to read smaller fonts much more easily also means you can fit more words on each page.
• New Bookerly Font and Typography Features
Amazon explains that they created "an exclusive font designed from the ground up for reading on digital screens ... [and] is hand-crafted for great readability at any size. It introduces a lighter, more graceful look and outperforms other digital reading fonts to help customers read faster with less eyestrain."
See examples and more information + new typesetting and layout features here.
There's also a subpage that shows the Bookerly font compared with Palatino and Caecilia fonts, and it details what the details or improvements are.
Even with these two popular fonts, Bookerly looks less like a typewriter than the others do.
• Release date is June 30. Preorders are being taken, of course.
Those wanting to receive it ON that day can just "Select "FREE Two-Day Shipping" at checkout."
The $119 price for this upgraded Paperwhite means that I'll finally upgrade from my Paperwhite 1, which was good enough for me, relative to the Paperwhite 2.
Note that you can get this with 3G cell phone network capability added to the usual WiFi, for $189, which is still $10 less than for the basic Voyage ($199) without 3G.
The Voyage with 3G is $269 currently. (The prices quoted are with the Special Offers default for the lock screen image. If you prefer not to see Special Offers. you can always opt later for No Special Offers, for $20 additional, in the eReader setup options.)
Update 1 - Many are not aware that with the e-Ink 3G e-Ink Kindles, you have 24/7 free 3G access to Wikipedia wherever there is a cellular network tower. That's a big plus for people who like to look things up but either don't have a smartphone or tablet or prefer to not spend data charges on that -- and this way they don't have to rely on finding a WiFi hotspot or password to a friend's network. [End of Update 1]
How is it different from the Voyage?
The Voyage is thinner and it has the PagePress feature which uses sensors on the bezel area so that you can apply a bit more pressure (in the right spot) to turn the page without having to lift a finger to do this on the text display. That is probably most appreciated by those standing on commute trains or buses. The Voyage also has a built-in adaptive light to change brightness automatically to what it calculates is ideal. This works well for some and not for others. I turn auto-brightness off on my phone and tablets but don't know how well the Voyage would adjust for my taste.
I'm including in this blog article most of the press release, directly below, so that you can see the full particulars as presented by Amazon today. Also, those new to the Kindle can see a list of regular features that are less known.
_______ From Amazon's Press Release _______
" Amazon Introduces New Kindle Paperwhite: The Most Popular Kindle, Now Even Better—Still Only $119
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