Amazon is releasing a minor upgrade to the Kindle Paperwhite, to be shipped September 30. If you already have a Paperwhite, then these changes are more incremental and I would not recommend buying a new one. Most likely the software changes be ported over to the original Paperwhite so all you would be missing would be minor upgrades to light, speed, and touch. If you are using an older kindle, then it is certainly worth checking out.
Here is a run down of the new changes:
- Higher contrast and better reflectivity means darker blacks and whiter whites
- “Next gen” light is slightly more even
- 25% Faster processor
- 19% lighter touch grid makes it more responsive to small touches
- Slightly lighter
- Amazon logo on the back instead of the Kindle logo
- Page Flip – skim books page-by-page, by chapter, or to the end without losing your place. As you drag your finger across the screen you see a preview of the page.
- Full dictionary with X-ray and Wikipedia
- Vocabulary – when you lookup a word it is added to a list that you can quiz with flashcards
- Goodreads Integration
- FreeTime – Set time limits for kids and lock them out of the store or browser. You can also set achievements and reading goals.
- Bookmarks appear as preview boxes
- Footnotes appear as popups on the page
Goodreads Integration consists of:
- See what your Goodreads friends are reading
- Share highlights to Goodreads from inside the book
- Rate books
- See your want-to-read, currently-reading, and read shelves
- Add your Amazon book purchases to Goodread shelves
More information on GoodReads.