inches) and Rs 21,999 (8.9 inches).
Amazon’s foray into the ebook market has been very successful, largely due to the Kindle ebook reader. The Paperwhite has Amazon’s e-ink display, which is a black-and-white screen that looks just like paper.
Sceptics claim that nothing can replace printed books, but Kindle Paperwhite comes very close to proving them wrong. The beauty of this device lies in the “immersive” reading experience, which means as long as the book is interesting, users will forget that they are reading it in an electronic form. If you are among those who read books in trains or on flights, a 170-gram device that can hold over 1,000 books is a great choice.
This is a touchscreen device, so users just need to tap the sides to switch pages; tapping the top of the screen leads to other options. The screen is backlit, which means you can read at night too. But the Kindle doesn’t have an auto-brightness setting, so you’ll waste some time hitting the right level.
On a single charge, the device lasted for nearly four days of eight-hour reading sessions on medium brightness and 3G. Without 3G, it ran out of charge after a week of similar usage. Amazon’s Whispersync is a good feature that syncs your library, last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices. With Kindle reading apps available for phones, tablets, PCs, and Macs, you can keep reading even if you forget to carry your Kindle.
But the Kindle is not for all readers. The black-and-white display makes it useless for reading most comics and graphic novels. And at Rs 10,999 for WiFi only (Rs 13,999 for 3G), the Kindle Paperwhite is expensive. If you read over 20 books a year, it is a good investment, or else you can get the old Kindle for Rs 5,999, which doesn’t have a backlit screen.