Amazon has unveiled its new Kindle Paperwhite.
Here are some highlights:
-Still e-ink, but has built in fiber optic lights that allow you to read in dark, but you can turn it down to read in the sunlight. Awesome feature.
-Improved browsing of your archive and the store by covers instead of just a list
-Higher pixels and faster response
-It tracks your reading speed and estimates the minutes left until the end of the chapter and the book!
This last one is great for students and for teachers. A student can see their own reading rate and I can also check and see how quickly they read. So often I am guessing how many pages they can read in 30-45 minutes for homework, but now we can get actual data! Perhaps a book is particularly challenging and 20 pages is the right amount, but there may be texts where 40 pages a night is appropriate. No more guessing!
At $119 (for the wi-fi only), this is very affordable. I paid $359 for my first Kindle 2! You can get the Paperwhite with 3G for $179. My first Kindle had 3G which was great for downloading books anywhere, but wi-fi is so ubiquitous now, that with minimal forethought I can download my books on wi-fi. I would only recommend the 3G version if you don't have home/work wi fi. But really, that is probably a rare case.