The new Kindle Paperwhite was just announced by Amazon today (Thursday). The Kindle Paperlight is a new “frontlit” e-ink Kindle, with a sharper display. According to Amazon, the Kindle Paperlight Paperwhite is a Higher resolution, higher contrast Paperwhite touchscreen display with built-in light and Wi-Fi. It’s $179 and $119 for Wi-Fi only. (The Barnes & Noble nook is $139 for the Wi-Fi only version.) The Kindle Paperwhite will be available on October 1.
This is great news if you’re already publishing on kindle. If you’ve been on the fence about writing a book and publishing it on Kindle, now really is the time to decide and put your first book out there. The Kindle Paperwhite includes 25% more contrast than the Pearl screens featured in existing Kindle models and touts a 62% higher-resolution display. It’s measured at 9.1 mm with a thin bezel and weighs only 7.5 ounces. According to Bezos the Kindle Paperwhite is slimmer than a magazine and lighter than a paperpack. It comes with 7 fonts and all can be adjusted in size.
It also has a featured called “Time to Read”. This lets you track your reading speed and informs you how much time it will likely take you to finish a chapter. You’ll be able to determine whether you should head to sleep or stay up late to finish the book based on your own speed. Another feature called X-Ray provides character bios and allows you to jump back into the part of a book where they are first introduced.
While this isn’t a complete surprise, since some pictures were leaked last week, it’s still pretty exciting for those of us in the Kindle world.
Wonder what the hottest item this Christmas season will be?
My guess is the Kindle Paperlight will be pretty high up there on the list.
So how can you benefit from this announcement? Write a book! With all the buzz about the new Amazon devices, (I haven’t even mentioned the new Fire) people will be purchasing and gifting new ereaders. Which means they’ll want to fill them up with new content. Just like the majority of app purchases are made around the holidays when everyone has their new devices, the same is true for Kindle and digital books.
No better time than now.