New 300 ppi display—unsurpassed resolution with twice the pixels for
laser-quality text and images
All-new typography and layout features help you read faster with less
eyestrain—new Bookerly font is crafted from the ground up for digital
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 17, 2015--
(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today introduced the all-new Kindle Paperwhite,
updating its most popular and best-selling Kindle with the highest
resolution Paperwhite display, the exclusive Kindle font Bookerly, and a
new typesetting engine for more beautiful pages. Meet the new Kindle
Paperwhite at www.amazon.com/paperwhite.
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“We love inventing for readers,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and
CEO. “The new Kindle Paperwhite obsesses over the details that matter
most to readers—we’ve added our highest-resolution display so the words
are crisp and clear on the page, a new font that is crafted exclusively
for reading Kindle books, and a new typesetting engine that makes pages
beautiful. Together, these details help you read faster and with less
eyestrain, so you can lose yourself in the author’s world.”
New, Highest Resolution Paperwhite Display—300 Pixels per Inch for
The new Kindle Paperwhite adds our highest resolution Paperwhite
display, delivering the same 300 pixels per inch that readers love about
the top-of-the-line Kindle Voyage. With unsurpassed resolution and 2x
the pixels as the previous generation Kindle Paperwhite, the display
delivers laser-quality text, making it easy to read comfortably at any
font size, including at smaller fonts so you can fit more words on each
page. Even with the new higher resolution display, Kindle Paperwhite
delivers battery life that is measured in weeks rather than hours.
New Bookerly Font and Typography Features—Read Faster With Less
Kindle Paperwhite now offers Bookerly, an exclusive font designed from
the ground up for reading on digital screens. Warm and contemporary,
Bookerly is inspired by the artistry of the best fonts in modern print
books, but 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
The new Kindle Paperwhite also offers an all-new typesetting engine that
lays out words just as the author intended:
Hyphenation and improved spacing—Kindle Paperwhite adds
hyphenation to break words at the right place, creates paragraphs with
consistent lines, and adjusts the space between words. This results in
more natural word spacing and more words on each page, which allows
for faster reading with less eyestrain. See an example: www.amazon.com/hyphenation.
Improved character placement—New kerning and ligatures
automatically adjust character spacing to make it easier and faster to
recognize words at any font size. Similar to a typesetter formatting a
print book, Kindle Paperwhite will look at neighboring pairs of
letters in context and adjust the character spacing to suit the word,
removing distracting whitespace between letters and making the shape
of the word more beautiful to help with word recognition speed. For
example, in the word “quietly”, the tail of the “y” loops under the
“l” to make the letters of the word fit better together. In the word
“first”, the “f” and “i” are drawn together to make a ligature. See an
Beautiful page layout—Print books often use drop caps to add
emphasis and beauty to the first page of a chapter. In eBooks, this is
challenging to replicate given the ability to adjust font size and
line spacing. The new typesetting engine presents drop caps, text, and
images on Kindle just as the author intended, and dynamically adjusts
the layout as the reader changes the text size. See an example: www.amazon.com/dropcaps.
Large fonts, without compromises—One of the benefits of reading
on Kindle is that you can customize the font size based on personal
preference—over half of Kindle customers take advantage of this
feature and use a font size larger than the default. As you increase
the size of a font, fewer words appear on each page, often creating
distractions like large white space or broken sentences. Now, Kindle
Paperwhite automatically adapts when a reader chooses the largest font
sizes, customizing the margins, columns, indents, nested lists,
borders, and drop caps to keep the page easy to read. See an example: www.amazon.com/largefonts.
The new typography and layout improvements are available on over half a
million books, including many best sellers, with thousands more being
added every week. The features will be delivered as part of a free,
over-the-air software update in the coming weeks.
Lose Yourself in a Book
Unlike tablets and phones, dedicated e-readers don’t distract you with
social media, emails, and text messages. They don’t beep at you or tire
your eyes when you read for hours at a time. By design, e-readers are
purpose-built for reading and create a sanctuary so you can lose
yourself in a book.
All the Features Readers Love about Kindle
The new Kindle Paperwhite includes all of the features that have made
the Kindle family the best-selling e-readers in the world for seven
Weeks of battery life—Battery life is measured in weeks, not
No set up required—Kindle arrives pre-registered so you can
start reading immediately.
Whispersync—Saves and synchronizes your last page read,
bookmarks, and annotations across all of your devices and Kindle apps,
so you can always pick up where you left off.
Worry-free archive—Automatically backs up your Kindle books in
the cloud, so you never need to worry about losing your
books—re-download your books wirelessly anytime for free.
Goodreads—Kindle is integrated with the world’s largest site
for readers and book recommendations, with over 40 million members,
1.1 billion books added, and 43 million book reviews.
X-Ray—Explore the “Bones of the Book”—see all of the passages
across a book that mention relevant ideas, fictional characters,
historical figures, places or topics of interest.
Word Wise—Available on many popular English language titles,
Word Wise makes it easier to enjoy and quickly understand more
challenging books. Short and simple definitions automatically appear
above difficult words, so you can keep reading with fewer
Family Library—With Kindle and Kindle reading apps, you can
access not only your own books, but also books from the Amazon account
of a spouse or partner.
Kindle FreeTime—Gives parents a simple, engaging way to
encourage kids to spend more time reading. Hand-select books for your
kids to read, and achievement badges are earned when they hit reading
Time to Read—Tells you how much time it will take to finish a
chapter or a book based on your personalized reading speed.
Kindle Page Flip—Skim page-by-page, scan by chapter, or jump to
anywhere in your book, all without losing your place.
Vocabulary Builder—Compiles words you look up in the dictionary
into an easy-to-access list. Use these lists to quiz yourself with
flashcards and instantly see words in context.
Share your favorite passages—Share book recommendations,
highlighted sections, and meaningful quotes with friends via Facebook
Smart Lookup—Integrates a full dictionary definition with other
reference information via X-Ray and Wikipedia.
World’s Best eBook Store
Kindle e-readers come with instant access to the Kindle Store, which
Massive selection—Millions of books, newspapers and magazines,
including the latest best sellers, Kindle Singles, and more.
Kindle exclusives—Over 800,000 books are exclusive to the
Lowest book prices—Over a million titles are $2.99 or less,
over 2 million are $9.99 or less.
Kindle Unlimited—Enjoy unlimited reading of over 800,000 books
and unlimited listening to a selection of thousands of audiobooks for
just $9.99 a month.
Kindle First—Access new Kindle books a month in advance of
their official release date. Customers can choose one of the featured
books each month for $1.99, and Prime members can make their selection
for free—yet another benefit of Prime membership.
The new Kindle Paperwhite is $119. It is available for pre-order around
the world and will start shipping June 30. Order now at www.amazon.com/paperwhite.
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is
guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor
focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and
long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized
recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct
Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of
the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
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