Product Reviews

Kindle Paperwhite Review & Giveaway

Yaara Lancet 09-05-2013

The Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon’s current flagship reader, and one that we’ve been wanting to review and give away for quite some time. The newest iteration to Amazon’s eReaders comes with built-in light, making it possible to read your book in any lighting situation, including complete darkness. On paper (no pun intended), this should be the perfect combination between an E-Ink reader and a tablet, bringing in the best of both worlds.


You can get the Kindle Paperwhite in four different versions: Wi-Fi reader with Special Offers ($119), Wi-Fi reader without Special Offers ($139), 3G reader with Special Offers ($179), and 3G reader without Special Offers ($199). Our review unit is the Special Offers Wi-Fi version, which means you can only use it to synchronize your books when there’s Wi-Fi around, but as you don’t have to do this often, it’s seldom a problem.

If you already own a Kindle or a different eReader, you may be wondering if it’s worth your while to upgrade to the new Kindle Paperwhite. This is what we’re here to find out for you. And as always, one lucky reader will get the chance to win a shiny new Kindle Paperwhite worth $119!


eReaders such as the Kindle are revolutionizing the book industry. If you own an eReader, you can start reading your book of choice in mere minutes after deciding you want to do so. They don’t wrinkle and tear, and there’s a dictionary definition waiting for you behind every word. As advanced as eReaders are, they failed to solve one burning problem — the need for external light source. When reading in a dark setting, there was virtually no difference between reading a paper book and reading on an eReader, which sent many users to their phones and tablets for their nightly dose of reading.

The new generation of eReaders changed that, and the Kindle Paperwhite is not alone in its category. The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is available for $119 from Barnes & Noble, and comes with built-in light, and no ads. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get your hands on it if you live outside the U.S. The Kobo Glo, on the other hand, is available all over the world, and with a suggested price of $130 is only slightly more expensive than the competition.


As for Amazon itself, the Paperwhite is only one of six Kindle models currently on sale. While our previously reviewed Kindle Touch Why You Should Buy a Kindle, Even If You Love Real Books In just one week I've been convinced that the Kindle is the future of reading. The Kindle offers everything you love about books, but with a few added extras that justify the whole expense. Read More is sadly no longer available, you can get a simple Kindle reader with no touch capabilities for $69 or $89 (with or without Special Offers), and the classic Kindle Keyboard for $139 or $159. While the Kindle Keyboard is the oldest model of them all, it only comes in a 3G models these days, hence the slightly higher price. In the tablet department, you can go for the Kindle Fire ($159/$174), the Kindle Fire HD ($199-$244), or the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ ($269-$399). Remember that Kindle Fire tablets are backlit, so reading books on a Kindle Fire is no different than reading a book on any tablet or smartphone.

At the moment, the only Amazon eReader that offers both an E-Ink screen and built-in light is the Kindle Paperwhite.


amazon kindle paperwhite review

With the Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon is continuing its Kindle simplifying process, so what you get is basically a black square with a screen. Looking at the Paperwhite compared to earlier models, you can see this simplification process easily: from a whole keyboard on the Kindle Keyboard, to a single button on the Kindle Touch, to nothing at all on the Paperwhite.

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Looking at the bottom of the devices, you’ll notice the same process: The Kindle Paperwhite’s power button is even smaller than its predecessor’s (the Kindle Touch), and gone is the audio jack for plugging in your headphones. This means that the Paperwhite no longer supports any kind of audio, including the previously available MP3 player and text-to-speech feature.

amazon kindle paperwhite review

Speaking of the power button, the Kindle Paperwhite’s is incredibly small, making it almost too hard to turn it on and off. You really have to reach in there to push it, which gets even harder when using any kind of case.

The Kindle Paperwhite is only slightly lighter than the Kindle Touch, and is almost the same height and width. Aside from color, it’s the back of the device that makes the biggest visual difference. The Paperwhite’s back is covered with a rubberized material which feels really nice, but catches fingerprints like crazy. It also doesn’t provide much more traction than the Keyboard’s or Touch’s more plasticky back, so it’s pretty much all show, but it does make the Paperwhite nicer to hold.

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The Paperwhite’s screen is significantly less sunken into the plastic than the Touch, and almost resembles the non-touch Keyboard in the respect. While this may seem insignificant, it makes the sides of the screen much more accessible to touch, which in turn makes flipping through pages a much easier task.

amazon kindle paperwhite review

All in all, the Paperwhite is an incredibly handsome device, and feels really good in your hand. The black surface is beautiful, although don’t expect it to stay clean for more than two seconds — every spec of dust that lands on the shiny black surface is immediately apparent. In terms of design, it feels that Amazon really outdid itself with the Paperwhite; created a device that’s both beautiful, comfortable to hold, and easy to use.

The Kindle Paperwhite comes with 2GB of storage, which is less than the Kindle Touch’s 4GB, but as usual, it comes with free Amazon cloud storage for all your books.


All these differences shrink in light of the Paperwhite’s killer feature: the built-in light. If you’re imagining anything like a tablet screen, think again. The Kindle Paperwhite is not backlit — rather, it’s lit up by tiny external lights which are built into the sides of the screen. The result is a uniform and soft blue light, which illuminates the screen perfectly, without hurting your eyes.

amazon kindle paperwhite review

The light’s intensity is controlled via an on-screen dimmer, which you can fine-tune to fit your lighting conditions. You may think that the Paperwhite’s light is only good for dark surroundings, but it can be used in any condition, creating the perfect contrast between your external lights and your Kindle screen. In fact, the more light you have around you, the brighter your Kindle display should be.

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The Paperwhite’s higher resolution (212 PPI vs. 167 PPI on the Touch) is noticeable, and together with the built-in light, creates a crisp and clear reading experience, no matter where you are.

amazon kindle paperwhite review

Before actually using the Kindle Paperwhite, I was wary of the idea of using it at night. While a lit screen is better than turning on a reading lamp when reading next to someone else who’s trying to sleep, my experience with phones and tablets taught me that a screen light is more than enough to light up a a dark room and cause a disturbance.

I can’t tell you that the Paperwhite is perfect for night reading, but it’s significantly better than a phone or a tablet. When setting the screen dimmer on low, it creates just enough glow for you to read comfortably, and as long as you don’t put it right in someone’s face, it could go completely unnoticed in a dark room.

The Kindle Paperwhite’s official battery life is 8 weeks with wireless off and constant light use, assuming you read around 30 minutes every day. This is quite similar to the light-less Kindle Touch, so surprisingly, the built-in light does not eat away at your Paperwhite’s battery.

Using the Kindle Paperwhite

Before you even turn the Paperwhite on, you’ll already find yourself perplexed by a strange new requirement. If you’ve used a Special Offers Kindle in the past, you know that the screen starts displaying ads when its off, and stops doing so the second you turn it on. Not so with the Paperwhite. When you push the Paperwhite’s On button, the screen light comes on, but the ads stay. In order to make them disappear and continue to the Kindle’s interface, you also need to swipe the screen, as if you’re unlocking your phone.

amazon kindle paperwhite review

The Kindle Paperwhite’s onscreen menu has been overhauled, and now features a descriptive set of icons instead of the Touch’s huge search box and text buttons. A home button has been added to the menu as well, in lieu of a physical one, and an accessible Cloud/Device toggle is available on the top left.

amazon kindle paperwhite review

Nothing much has changed in terms of touchscreen controls, and actions such as flipping pages, calling up the menu, and highlighting words are all still done the same old way. In fact, the main difference between the Kindle Paperwhite and the former Kindle Touch, interface-wise, is mainly a cosmetic one. More than anything, I was reminded of the differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8, with the Paperwhite’s interface offering a simpler and cleaner version of the same content.

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While the Paperwhite’s touch screen is slightly more responsive, it’s not normally felt in every day use. The difference becomes much more apparent, however, when attempting to type on the Kindle. I don’t know about you, but I’m not big on using the Kindle to write notes, but when I tried it out for the purposes of this review, I was surprised at how easy this is on the Kindle Paperwhite.

amazon kindle paperwhite review

Like the rest of the interface, the keyboard has been overhauled as well, and features bigger and brighter keys that are much easier to use. The Paperwhite can handle faster typing than the Touch, which starts lagging behind almost immediately when typing more than several words.

amazon kindle paperwhite review

The Paperwhite includes all previous Kindle features such as X-Ray, a built-in dictionary, a Wikipedia function, and more. The Paperwhite’s “experimental” features have been reduced to just a browser, and there are no big changes in that department either. The Paperwhite’s easier typing make it somewhat more usable for browsing the Internet, but I would still not use this feature unless I had no other choice.

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Living With The Kindle Paperwhite

In the short time we’ve had the Kindle Paperwhite in the house, I had the chance to both use it myself, and try to sleep next to someone else who’s using it. The Paperwhite’s built-in light can truly make a difference for anyone who likes reading at night and is sharing a room or a bed with someone else.

amazon kindle paperwhite review

While it’s the best solution I know of for such a scenario, it’s not a perfect one. Granted, it’s much easier to fall asleep with the Paperwhite’s light than with even the smallest of reading lights, but even this dim light can be noticeable when it’s right next to you. Several times I woke up at night, and immediately noticed the glow coming off the Paperwhite’s screen, so it’s definitely not the same as having a completely dark room, but if you remember to set the screen brightness to very low, it will create the minimal disturbance possible, if at all.

As mentioned above, the Paperwhite’s light is a vast improvement for any lighting situation, including broad daylight. While I couldn’t believe it at first, I now find that even when reading on the porch, it’s easier to look at the Paperwhite’s lit screen than the Kindle Touch’s neutral E-Ink one. There’s something about that natural glow that is easier on the eyes than anything else I’ve ever tried, including paper books, tablets, and plain E-Ink screens.

Should you buy the Kindle Paperwhite?

All in all, the Paperwhite feels like the best Kindle device Amazon has ever made, and whether you already own a Kindle or thinking of buying your first eReader, I highly recommend getting this one.

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How do I win the Kindle Paperwhite?

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  1. Bonny
    April 29, 2019 at 5:33 am

    I am hesitant to buy another kindle paperwhite again. Every time I do it goes to a screen where the amazon folks cannot fix after a few years. I simply cannot afford to replace devices like they are candy! I take care of all of my kindles. I have about 7 of them. I have stopped buying them and have gone back to books because I read so much my devices cannot keep up with my books. I buy the highest storage and I have more than enough but I can never get to my books. Way to frustrating! I want to relax not be frustrated! I have multiple sclerosis and relaxation is key to my survival! And like I said I don’t have money to buy a device every time a new one comes out. Seems I cannot live off books! ?

  2. Edmund Esterbauer
    December 25, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Kindle is rubbish as if its not from Amazon it doesn't exist in Kindle. Only useful if you only have Amazon ebooks otherwise best for the recycling bin.

  3. Lizabeth B Weber
    December 14, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I love my Kindle Paperwhite. I had it for several years and read in it every night. I have purchased a lot of books so I don't have the clutter of hardbacks. I can also see the typeface easier because I can change the typeface to suit me. I am so glad someone had the knowledge to create this item.

  4. Anonymous
    June 14, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Using my Kindle Paperwhite, is it possible to get the translation of a word (ex: English to French) by just hovering over the word (and NOT go through the time-consuming annoyance of clicking needlessly through extra screens, etc…) ? i.e., I want to see the translation immediately by highlighting and hovering over the word.

  5. Ryan Grassfield
    May 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Congratulations on the win, Ellen! I hope you enjoy it!

  6. Kashif Maqsood
    May 25, 2013 at 9:46 am

    id love to get :)

  7. verydeep1
    May 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    awesome giveaway again..thanks

  8. Kostadin Naskov
    May 24, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I really want it :)

  9. Cindy
    May 24, 2013 at 12:37 am

    I've been Kindle Paperwhite dreaming ever since it came out. Thanks for the opportunity to win this delightful prize.

  10. Atin Tranquillity
    May 24, 2013 at 12:36 am


  11. Louanne B
    May 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Very nice giveaway! Shared.

  12. kovalio787
    May 23, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Interesting review and great giveaway! :-)

  13. marc woronoff
    May 23, 2013 at 1:34 am


  14. Thomas Petrucha
    May 21, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Always have one and happy with it.
    Best choice for reading ;) ... and good support for tired eyes ;)

  15. Muhammad Shahrukh Khan
    May 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Participated! Hoping to win this time.

  16. David Willis
    May 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    So hoping for this! Just lost my job so would love to have a kindle to read between job searches :)

  17. Jim
    May 17, 2013 at 3:01 am

    I need this

  18. Andrew Craddock
    May 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I've always wanted a Kindle.

  19. Manik
    May 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Great giveaway..hope i win!!!

  20. Andrey Filkin
    May 16, 2013 at 7:50 am


  21. Geirr Aakhus
    May 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I agree with everything you said except the potential night light problem. If he or she is disturbed by the paperwhite with a low setting, let go the house, the car, the dog and get a divorce. But keep the Paperwhite.

  22. caladiel
    May 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I'm pretty attached to my Kindle Touch but the built-in light + dimmer is making me consider an upgrade.

  23. Dorothy Jones
    May 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Would love to win the Paperwhite

  24. Dorothy Jones
    May 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I am looking forward to winning a paperwhite. I now have on old nook and am going blind

  25. Kathleen Ann Calupad
    May 15, 2013 at 3:24 am

    I want it for me and hubby and baby :)

  26. Kathleen Ann GAdduang
    May 15, 2013 at 3:23 am

    I want it for me and my hubby

  27. Kathleen Ann GAdduang
    May 15, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Given a chance, I would love to have it :)

  28. Elliot Shear
    May 15, 2013 at 12:47 am

    My - wife - who is legally - blind
    found this was the best reader -she originally had the 2nd Kindle model-
    she says - this is so much better!

  29. Vanessa Mensen
    May 15, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Good luck everyone!

  30. Joyce Vanderslice
    May 15, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I have a kindle but would love to have Paperwhite. The description was fantastic made me want it even more.

  31. Allan Lowrie
    May 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Done the lot. Hopefully that prize is coming my way!

  32. Konst
    May 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks. Nice Post!

    May 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I got it period

  34. david ernst
    May 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Love these product reviews. Some of the best on the net

  35. null
    May 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    At last a super awesome giveaway from MUO, coz the gaming month was boring...

  36. Chris Lantz
    May 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    My wife would love it

  37. Dmitriy Sukhanov
    May 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Awesome! Thanks!

  38. Lesley O
    May 14, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Great giveaway - would love to have a Kindle!

  39. Judith A. Shuman
    May 14, 2013 at 3:13 am

    I really like your comprehensive reviews and easily understood articles. They're really helpful to someone who's not stupid, likes new gadgets, and doesn't want to imagine a return to life without the internet, but who did grow up before the advent of cable TV or video games, let alone all the rest. Thank you all.
    I need an ereader because my laptop broke, and it's so much easier to borrow online books from the library. I 'm glad you chose one with E-Ink. Can't sit at my desktop to read for long.

  40. Stephanie Staker
    May 14, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Although I have not been tempted to get a reader such as the Kindle, I have a reading family and I am sure someone would love this! I do like the idea that you can read it without having a lamp on or you can read it camping, etc. Thank you for the great review and I hope I win! Haven't one anything yet but you never know, right?

  41. Waldir
    May 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I just bought one... it´s perfect for me. Love it !!

  42. Bonnie Culley
    May 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I could use one.

  43. Bonnie Culley
    May 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I could sure use one.

  44. Pierre Walter
    May 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Kindle is great.

  45. WillyC
    May 13, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Love to win this.

  46. Leanne Martin
    May 13, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Who is paying for the streaming of ads. Will it come out of my download quota?

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 13, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Are you referring to the ads on the Kindle? These are very small picture ads, so I doubt they will be noticed in any quota.

  47. jacnor8
    May 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I would love to have the new paperwhite kindle. Great review.

  48. Tunde
    May 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Seriously hoping to win one of your 'giveaways'. I really look forward to start with this one.

  49. Ervena Patterson
    May 12, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I sure would like to win one of those

  50. Ron Reid
    May 11, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Why do you folks insist on making finding the password so damn difficult?

  51. Jayke Blues
    May 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Need to replace my current reader I guess it decided to die when it knew something else better was out there.

  52. Charlene Fitzgerald
    May 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I'd love this! Books take up way too much space in my bag...

  53. Dennis
    May 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    hope this goes through.......

  54. Kathy Disken
    May 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Would LOVE one of these. And Love your articles too.

  55. Robert Frost
    May 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks for an excellent review. The acquisition of one of these ebooks is looking more and more tempting. ;-)

    /fingers crossed

  56. Nancy B
    May 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for the review and contest.

    I do find it disappointing that there is no longer audio capabilities on the Kindle Paperwhite as there were on previous models.

    However the external lite screen is brilliant for those of us who like reading in bed at night, while our partner sleeps. No more having the desk light on all night!

    My only worry with any of the e-readers is when I fall asleep reading I often drop the book, won't I break the e-reader when this happens?
    That's the main reason I haven't bought one yet!
    But if I win one I won't feel as bad as if I bought it! :D

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 12, 2013 at 6:37 am

      If you get a nice case for it, it should be OK. These things are pretty sturdy, they're made of plastic and don't break easily. Unless your bed is really high off the ground. :)

  57. null
    May 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm


  58. elba135
    May 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Fantastic giveaway!

  59. Corsz
    May 11, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I like to have a Kindle but can't buy one .

  60. Two zuzzim
    May 11, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Great review. I use iPad but some of these points make this device tempting. Thanks for all the good information. Keep it up!

  61. Nina L
    May 11, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Good luck :)

  62. Harry Lau
    May 11, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Nice giveaway.

  63. Shrinivasan P
    May 11, 2013 at 4:54 am

    would love to have one of these ! Thanks and Regards

  64. Shrinivasan P
    May 11, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Would love to have one of these ! Thanks for considering me, and regards

  65. Louis T. Calimlim
    May 11, 2013 at 2:37 am

    This is another gadget to be watched out by high tech users.

  66. Brian
    May 11, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Would love the new paperwhite kindle. Great read/ review!

  67. Kelly B
    May 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I would love to have this!

  68. Robyn S
    May 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Looks fantastic!

  69. jack sughrue
    May 10, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Make Use is one of the most interesting daily emails on my computer, and it is the first email I go to once I'm in my mail program. I've learned a lot and have gotten some excellent source material. Please keep up the great work.
    Jack Sughrue

  70. Rick
    May 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    It would be nice to win this, so much easy than carrying an entire library of books around. Good luck every one ;)

  71. Ellen Odza
    May 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Mine mine mine!



  72. John Martin
    May 10, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Its simply a must have, on a pension so cant afford to buy one, so wish me luck

  73. Lillian Dunnie
    May 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Love to win this Kindle! Awesome giveaway!

  74. angela s.
    May 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    thanks for the chance to win

  75. druv vb
    May 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Nice review. If I ever win this, it would be the first ever ereader. These devices are nowhere to be sold here.
    Good luck to all...

  76. Scott Sr
    May 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I have been a follower and an avid Kindle Reader for a while now. I think that this has been the best way for any company to get the information out on a product and make sure that the people read the information. Thank You

  77. Cathy Carter-Cline
    May 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Liked and Shared. Hope it worked!

  78. null
    May 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    seen my friend using it .. looks more handy than the previous models .. awesome glow effect introduced by Amazon.. and yea the only hardware issues i could see was lack of audio jack for mp3's and that tiny on-off button .. he had to cut his case for better reach .. nice review .. can u give few more details on cons .. as i could see there were many pros coming up with this Kindle version .. :) thank you

  79. AJ Pastore
    May 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Can't wait to get it!

  80. BJ
    May 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    My tired, out-of-work eyes would be incredibly grateful if I won this wonderful Kindle. Thanks for making it available!

  81. Saundra Curry
    May 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Would be delighted to win this...I'm a book worm!

  82. celeron504
    May 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    White me, sir!

  83. Ira Brandstein
    May 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Must have for me too!

    May 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm


  85. Greg Coe
    May 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Where is the code for the Kindle, I can't find it, I have liked and shared and jumped through all the damn hoops and still don't see the code. WTF.

  86. Ronald Moore
    May 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Sooner or later I'm going to win. This would be nice to win.

  87. Aashish Kumar Shaw
    May 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Nice...Good for me if i got it...god plz help me win this.

  88. Robert
    May 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I wish that e-readers had the scroll feature (like Instapaper app).
    You have the option to tilt the screen to make lines go by faster or slower.
    No more flipping pages and your reading speed increases dramatically.

  89. Steve Tanner
    May 10, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Good review, thanks.
    Not a huge change from the earlier versions of Kindle.
    Got one for my wife and we fight over it.
    Would be nice to get this one and have one each.
    [I suppose I should give her this one and take the old one for myself :-) ]

  90. Lois Panepucci
    May 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I love ebooks. The only downside of the Kindle application is that most Kindle books do not have page numbers. It would be great if they could update their design to include page numbers that update based on the size of the font selected such as the epub books do. Nonetheless, Kindle books are great!

    • Mike
      May 13, 2013 at 7:03 am

      Yes page numbers would be great ... for certain uses (like citing a reference "see The Art of War, p. 45"). I heard there was some format or other that can link pages in eBooks to the same page in printed text, but it's not on Kindle (besides, even with printed, paper books, the page numbers can change between editions too, so they lose value for citations as well).

      What I do like a about paperwhite is that, if you touch the Location in bottom left, it will switch between the eBook location number, and the kindle's estimate of how long it will take you to read the rest of the book (or on some books, the rest of that chapter). This is great if you're in a can't-put-down moment and you hear kids screaming in the next room.... Also the automatic bookmark (it remembers where you were up to) makes it better than a paper book usually.

      About the only thing that really sucks with ebooks is the different digital formats and the DRM. ePub is not supported on Kindle, and the most popular eBook provider used by Real Libraries (OverDrive) only offers ePub. So if I borrow an ebook from my local library, I must read it on my non-Kindle device (e.g. a PC or a tablet). Sure, you could convert formats, but there's DRM to contend with.... mutter, mutter...

  91. James Diaz
    May 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I need one to replace my dad's old Kindle Keyboard that broke!

  92. Ajay
    May 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Cool giveaway ! Way to go Makeuseof!

  93. Eddy Brooks
    May 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    You make it too complicated to enter a contest.

  94. Heiini
    May 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    WOOOOOHOOOO,it's defenately made for me =)

  95. Junil Maharjan
    May 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

    One of the best giveaways so far. Awesome.

  96. Fabian_F_F
    May 10, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I have slightly wonky Kindle 3 with Keyboard. This would be a welcome upgrade.

    BTW Thanks makeuseof for making your giveaways open for readers worldwide.

  97. valerie mccarthy
    May 10, 2013 at 7:32 am

    liking sharing on facebook

  98. Vipul Jain
    May 10, 2013 at 6:15 am

    I never did understand the existence of Kindles.
    When you can get a great tablet at $99-150 in which you can not only read books (on the Play Books app), but can also do everything else like gaming, movies, music and almost anything.
    Why would someone buy a Kindle in which all you can do is read a book?

    • Frode
      May 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      One word: e-ink.

      Go look it up. (Also, weight.)

      • Harshit J
        May 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm

        Also battery life :D

      • Vipul Jain
        May 11, 2013 at 7:46 am

        AFAIK and could find e-ink is a technique to give much crisper text. Is there anything more to it?
        Because if no, a variety of uses (gaming, movies etc), pretty much covers up for less crisper text.

        • Rob H
          May 11, 2013 at 9:13 am

          Yes there is something more to it.

          Very low power consumption and so you get long battery life, the result is that you can take your Kindle on holiday, loaded with several books and no need to worry about finding a power outlet (Mine's been dogsledding in the Yukon - a long way from electricity!).

          Because it's not dependent on a light source in the screen (like LED display) or behind the screen (like LCD display) but works more like conventional print on paper it's readable in circumstances where LCD/LED would be difficult - like in bright daylight.

          Yes a tablet seems better value because it can read ebooks and do a whole lot more besides and at comparable cost (Android not Apple!) The Kindle is for those who NEED those advantages of e-Ink.

    • John
      May 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      I have to agree: a good tablet is only a little more than an e-reader, In my case since I recently upgraded from a cruz to a nexus the weight is the same. I can run nook, kindle, the local library's ap and any other e-reader on the same tablet. I can also do email, websurf and sync with my phone and desk top. I lot more use for a little more money.

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 12, 2013 at 6:35 am

      I wouldn't be able to read books on a tablet regularly. After staring at a computer screen all day, the last thing I want is to continue staring at one as I'm trying to fall asleep at night.

      Reading off an e-Ink e-reader is like reading off a paper book. It's a completely difference experience.

      If you only read every once in a while, a tablet would be great, but for those who read a lot, there's nothing like an e-reader.

  99. Va Du
    May 10, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Curse you MakeUseOf I can't afford to buy all these devices you recommend. You need to turn to the dark side once in a while and totally destroy some of these reviews.

  100. Mike Giess
    May 10, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I've been a Kindle user for years--can't beat 'em and I hope I win an upgrade to the Paperwhite version.

  101. Walter Gilbert
    May 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you for this Giveaway.

  102. phogey2
    May 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I'm surprised at the lack of audio features of any kind. Otherwise sounds pretty good. What sz is it ? How about the tech specs ?

  103. heatherliban
    May 9, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I would love to have this!

  104. PawNews1
    May 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I have been using my old second-handed Sony reader PRS 600 for long time. I always love to own Kindle reader but still couldn't afford it. I installed Kindle reader software on my PC though. Amazon Kindle reader has lots of advantages because of ebooks syncing through various devices and its usability. I wish I win this contest. Many thanks MakeUseOf! By the way, I did all needed steps to enter this contest. Cross my fingers...

  105. vicky
    May 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    A nice giveaway! Thank you!

  106. Michael Waterford
    May 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I really resent the fact that so many contests are now associated with Facebook and Twitter. Everywhere I look, it's "Enter our contest! Just go to our Facebook page", etc. Well, here's a news flash: Not everyone wants to join those damn sites!! I don't feel like giving my private information to a company I know nothing about - wait, I do know ONE thing about Facebook: they've already been in legal trouble at least once for inappropriate use of supposedly confidential information! So I want nothing to do with them... Oh, but wait - then I can't enter most of the contests out there, can I. This reminds me of a concept... what was it now... oh yes: DISCRIMINATION!!
    People can sue companies for that, can't they?

    • Bruce Epper
      May 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Bitching about your own laziness? Must be American.

      Set up a webmail account. Sign up with that email for a Facebook/Twitter account. Supply only the minimal amount of info required for the account (first & last name, birthdate, gender, email address - and you can lie on most of them since they will never be verified).

    • Tina Sieber
      May 10, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Seriously, you feel discriminated against because you don't want to use a free service to enter a contest for free to win stuff that costs several hundred bucks?

      Can I please get a reality check here?

      You are most welcome to enter our contests using any of the options provided above. We understand that not everyone has a social network or a MakeUseOf account and it's true that in that case you cannot enter.

      The good news is, entering this contest is your own free choice and it is not required to get ahead in life.

      • BJosephs
        May 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm

        What about those of us that work on managed networks that are set to block all social media? I would be more than happy to register with MakeUseOf, but the gateway content filter seems to be blocking all the register buttons!

        • Common Sense
          May 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm

          Register from home then.

        • Harshit J
          May 12, 2013 at 6:55 am


      • Michael Waterford
        May 11, 2013 at 1:03 am

        Hello Bruce,
        Nope, not American. Canadian and proud of it. I don't understand, however, how my comments could be construed as being about my being lazy or not.
        Thank you for your suggestion of signing up under false information. I've already tried that actually; I'll make a long story short by just saying that it doesn't always work the way you suggest it would.
        No hard feelings, I hope,

      • Michael Waterford
        May 11, 2013 at 1:41 am

        Hello Tina. First off, let me apologize for my response to Bruce ending up here, as if in response to your post instead of his. I have no idea how that happened. Now let me address your own comments: reread my original post. I am not saying I am discriminated against because I don't WANT to use a free service etc. etc. I am saying that it is discriminatory to INSIST that a person MUST use that service if they want to enter a contest. It's a bit like saying, "This contest is open to everyone! As long as you eat nothing but red Smarties on any day with an "N" in it, that is." The company COULD say "Oh, you don't want to eat that way? Well, lucky for you, you don'T HAVE to enter our contest. Bu'bye". You're basically giving one giant metaphorical middle finger to anyone who doesn't happen to trust (or for other reasons can't use) a presumably independent third party. I have to use THEM to enter YOUR contest? Why? What undisclosed affiliation is going on between these two companies? (Are you starting to see the nature of my objection here?). Now, having just stumbled across the MakeUseOf website yesterday, I did not realize that I could obtain an account with YOUR website in order to enter the contest; all I remember reading is the part about having to go to Facebook in order to get the entry code. I thank you for this new information. Again though, it makes me wonder: WHY must I go there to get a code, instead of the entry form being readily available on your own website? Your final comment about not having to enter your contest in order to get ahead in life, well, I can't see any way that that remark could be taken to mean anything other than "F- you, buddy", which is clearly inappropriate, and I hope your boss is made aware of it.
        Lastly, you are welcome to respond to this if you wish, but I feel it is only fair to warn you that there is no point. I will not respond to it, nor likely even read it. I will waste no more time with you.

    • Rob H
      May 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Notwithstanding the other comments I have to agree with at least part of your post.
      A lot of organisations do offer prize draws with the condition attached that you have to "like" them or "follow" them or whatever on social networks. But the same happens in other ways too, and always has, competition entries want phone number, mobile number, postal address, email.

      I guess you can easily end up on the receiving end of their junk mail, junk SMS etc. Where I do have to disagree though is that it's not discrimination, it's the cost of entering their prize draw. I could choose to pay a pound for a lottery ticket, if I haven't got a pound to waste are they discriminating against me? Very few people would think so.

      I didn't read your comment as particularly aimed at MakeUseOf, I thought it was more of a general "letting off steam" about Facebook policies and Facebook linked draws in general.

      MakeUseOf does want smart people as members and the prize draw is a simple way of getting people to sign up and then acts as an ongoing incentive to remain active.
      Facebook and Twitter are, I believe, quite widely used (not by me) and represent an easy option for those who do to enter the draw. Alternatively sign up for MakeUseOf (it's free), you'll get draw entry codes by email and at the same time you get to enjoy the many other benefits of (free) membership.

      • Michael Waterford
        May 11, 2013 at 2:00 am

        Hello Rob. Wow; where to start... OK; I know: You are completely right about this not being directed specifically at this website; it is a general condemnation of companies imposing this condition as a requirement to enter their contests. Yes, other companies also require extraneous information in order to enter their contests; unfortunately, many of them then take this information and sell it to third parties. I suppose I can understand how you would not consider this issue to be one of discrimination, but I maintain that I still do. I also understand your point about paying/not paying for a lottery ticket - unfortunately words are failing me, and I can't seem to explain exactly WHY I feel it's a different type of situation; I just do. A weak answer, I know, but it's all I can offer right now. Thank you for your suggestion of entering via a MakeUseOf membership; I was not aware of this option, perhaps that is what I will try. Sincerely, Michael.

        • Yaara Lancet
          May 12, 2013 at 6:30 am

          Hi Michael,

          I understand that you feel strongly about this, but I do want to take a moment and explain how things are from a website's point of view.

          Our giveaways are not sponsored, no one buys these products for us to give away to our readers. We buy them ourselves and then give them to our readers for free. This costs money, money we're happy to spend for the purposes of these giveaways.

          All we ask in return is that you either spread the word on social networks so others know about it too, or alternatively, sign up for a free MakeUseOf account and use your points for an entry.

          The fact that you expect us to let anyone enter without getting anything at all in return shows that you're not really grasping the way this works. We love holding these giveaways for our readers, and I think everyone enjoys them, but we also need something really small in return; something that won't take you more than a minute to do, and is completely free. If you'd rather pay for such opportunities, that's entirely your choice, and maybe MakeUseOf giveaways are not right for you. We'd rather not ask for your money, we'd rather ask for something else, and yes, there's no difference. The only difference is that you're willing to part with one thing and not the other, and that's really up to you. No one is forcing you to do anything.

          Have a great day!

        • Mike Dobson
          May 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm

          Enlightening information; I'd always assumed that the products for the "giveaway" were "review samples" etc., and wondered about that, since I've heard that they must be returned in some cases.

          I hadn't been entering these "giveaways" for a while, just got "back into it" when I saw this one on facebook (have a tablet, mostly used for reading, always wanted to try the "e-ink" type display, but since unemployed, don't get a new "gadget" regularly nor often).

          As I entered another giveaway, I noticed the "new procedure" (which lists at the bottom of the article/review the "stats" about Number of Entries, Total Entries, and Days Left); I *really* love these "stats" (my own "pet peeve" about various "drawings" - "odds depend on number of entries" but you have to jump through hoops to GET that info if at all) ...

          Will you be using this "new procedure" for ALL giveaways ? (or just "software" vs. "review products") ?

    • Jackson Chung
      May 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

      I like the way you missed the alternative participation method, and just yelled discrimination. You do know that's called defamation, right? How about an apology?

  107. Bill
    May 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I have used the paperwhite for about 6 months and I agree that it is the best Kindle ever. To put that comment in perspective, the paperwhite is my 5th Kindle, including the original and the Fire. The comment about turning the paperwhite on is a little misleading since you really never have to turn it off. Most cases have the "off when closed, on when opened" feature and all you do is swipe the bottom of the screen to start using (like the iOS products and most smartphones). So other than the first time I turned it on, I have never used the on-off button.

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 12, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Interesting, I find that I have to use it every time I want to turn it on. It doesn't turn on automatically, but it does turn off automatically, so I must push that tiny button every time I want to start reading after a short break.

      • Mike
        May 13, 2013 at 6:30 am

        Loving my paperwhite, which I bought for myself as a little gift after getting a performance bonus at work.

        I think Bill refers to Amazon's case for the paperwhite. The paperwhite has a magnetic switch in it's bottom right corner that is designed to work with Amazon's case (that has a small magnet in the cover): when the lid of the case closes over this switch, it turns off the paperwhite, just as-if you pressed the little button.

        I don't have said case from Amazon, but numerous third-party cases do (or can be easily modified: my wife knitted a cover for my kindle, and I later turned it inside-out and super-glued a fridge magnet to that conner, works a treat!)

        • Yaara Lancet
          May 13, 2013 at 6:39 am

          Hey, that's awesome! I guess the case we have for it doesn't have that, and I had no idea it worked that way. You learn something new every day. That's something worth trying, thanks!

  108. Jorge David
    May 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    @ylancet Thanks for the full description, it really made me want to have this device

  109. HyeonChol Jang
    May 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks. Nice Post.

  110. Harshit J
    May 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I hope my name is written on this kindle giveaway. I didn't win it earlier. Fingers crossed.
    Also it is obvious but still, do people who won previous giveaway have equal chance of winning a new giveaway?

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 12, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Since this is a draw, there's still chance to win if you've already won, but since so many people enter, the chances of getting selected twice are pretty low anyway. :)

      • Harshit J
        May 12, 2013 at 6:53 am

        That what luck is for;-) I have been getting lucky somewhat frequently.

  111. Malkhaz Abuladze
    May 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks, Kindle is the most desired product for me.

  112. Anita Hansen
    May 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Oh would love to win this Kindle...since my beloved e-reader has broken a little while ago and I sóoooo miss my e-books :-)

  113. Dave Rimmer
    May 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Everything done as usual another great giveaway again thanks.

  114. Sameer Manas
    May 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Always wanted something to read my eBooks and digital text books :)

  115. Rene Gatdula
    May 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I need Kobo is retiring.. ~_~

  116. Eian Ampoloquio
    May 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    A very nice giveaway! Good luck to me!

  117. Md Mukhtar Mohsin
    May 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Liked ,Shared And claimed one entry.Anything else to get it?

    • Febrian Adi
      May 16, 2013 at 3:46 am


      you need a huge amount of good luck ^_^

  118. Andrei Bogdan
    May 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Must have for me :D !