The latest iteration of Amazon's eBook reader promises better contrast, faster page-turning as well as boasting a new svelte body that's 21 per cent thinner (and therefore lighter) as well as an increased 4GB internal memory.
Will the new Amazon Kindle finally oust the paperback for good?
One of the biggest draws of the new Kindle is its build – it's super-slim and incredibly light, but manages to still feel like its built solidly, unlike many flimsier eBook readers on the market. It's perfect for slipping into your bag.
There are two versions – WiFi and 3G. The WiFi Kindle relies on you being in a hotspot before you can download tomes via Amazon's Whispernet network.
The 3G version means that you can download books wherever you are with a 3G connection – so prepare to spend lots on books on a whim. The 3G version doesn't require a phone contract – the connection is included in the price.
Downloads, via either method, are pleasingly speedy – once you've decided that you want Three Men in a Boat, you'll be reading your new book in under a minute.
The Kindle also offers up a stress-free step-by-step guide to syncing the device with your UK Amazon account, so that you can keep tabs on all your purchases.
The improved contrast is noticeable on the new device – the screen is sharp and can be read at acute angles and in direct sunlight. Navigation is a breeze and it's a doodle to make notes and clippings. You can even see where other Kindle users have added notes to important excerpts in your chosen title.
The battery life is also excellent – a full charge can last around a month, which will see you through a good few novels.
Although there are loads of copyright-free titles to get you started, you might still find that electronic titles are still a little overpriced, while some titles are just not represented electronically at all.
There's also no way to borrow or share titles, so you really are locked into Amazon's retail structure.
We bet the on-board extras such as the browser and audio function will go largely unused.
The bottom line
The best eBook reader so far – slim, light, affordable and a user's dream. So long as you have an Amazon account, that is.