Amazon has rolled out new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader in India. Available for pre-order starting Wednesday, the device is coming to Indian market four months after its US launch. Kindle Paperwhite which will be available from February 4 is priced at Rs 10,999 (Wi-Fi only) and the new Kindle Paperwhite (Wi-Fi + 3G) is priced at Rs 13,999.
The sixth generation device is a successor to the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G models that were launched in the India last June. The new ebook readers include a higher contrast display, a better built-in light, a faster processor, improved touch technology and a few software enhancements. It sports 6.0-inch screen with high contrast E Ink Carta display technology and a pixel density of 212 ppi (pixels per inch) and is powered by a 1GHz CPU with high capacity battery, which can run for weeks once fully charged. The Paperwhite weighs 206 grams and comes with an internal storage of 2 GB that can store up to 1,100 books.
A common complaint with Kindle devices is the slight lag while flipping pages or opening books. Amazon says the new devices have a faster processor that eliminate this lag. It says a new page flip feature lets you move back and forth between a book without losing track of the page you were on.
Other notable feature is the FreeTime application that enables parents to create personalized profiles for kids and give them access to titles from their collections. Furthermore, the e-reader also boasts of some new features such as Kindle Page Flip in-line footnotes, Freetime and Vocabulary Builder. When you look up a word in the dictionary, the Kindle Paperwhite stores them in a list that you can access quickly. So if you keep forgetting the meaning of certain words, this list will be handy. The new device also features Wikipedia integration.
The latest Kindle Paperwhile is more social than its predecessors in terms of being social. The device now also offers Facebook and Twitter integration for sharing recommendations, highlighted sections and quotes. In addition to this it will also have integration with Goodreads, a book lovers’ community that Amazon acquired earlier this year. This new feature will allow Kindle owners to see what their friends are reading, share highlights, and rate the books they read with other Goodreads users, all from their Kindle.
Finally, the device will also be available offline across 250 retail outlets across India starting February 4 including Croma, Reliance Digital, E-Zone, UniverCell and Vijay Sales stores located in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Pune.
It must be noted that the company has stopped the sale of the older iteration of the Paperwhite on its India website. Last year, Canadian company Kobo had launched their e-books in Indian markets at very competitive prices.
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