Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Bedtime ebook reading arrives in the UK!
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite was one of the company’s slew of new gizmos unleashed last month alongside the Kindle Fire HD. An ereader with a lamp built in, it was also for North Americans only, leaving us Brits to read with the light on. No more: now that Amazon has got its bookworm ducks in a row, it’s bringing the Kindle Paperwhite to the UK.
The six-inch Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is now available to order from the etailer’s UK website, priced up at £109 for the Wi-Fi only version, or £169 for the 3G connected version that lets you download books, magazines and newspapers wherever you go. As we said in our review of the Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight, having a lamp built into the screen is surprisingly useful, especially if you like to read while a significant other sleeps, or on long haul flights.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite stuffs in some other new software too, including Amazon’s X-Ray feature, which lets you see where topics, names and phrases are mentioned across the entire book you’re reading. It weights just 222g, and at 9.1mm, is barely thicker than an iPhone 5. And if you’re a Prime customer, you can now borrow from a virtual library of 200,000 books for free, using the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, launching here in Blighty very soon.
Neat, no? What the Kindle Paperwhite is not however is one of the new breed of 7-inch tablets, which use a colour screen and a lot more power. If it’s apps you’re after, check out our guide here instead. Otherwise look for the Amazon Paperwhite to go on sale on 25 October.