Monday, June 4, 2018

Reviewing Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

Reading on the balcony with my new Kindle.
I received my new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader nearly two weeks ago and I'm loving it! I was very hesitant to upgrade as I don't like change and often have trouble figuring out new electronic devices. I started researching current e-reader options as my original Kindle (a Kindle Keyboard, remember those?) was starting to have some serious malfunctions after all these years. I felt forced to shop for a new e-reader before my old one just stopped working. I have to say that so far I'm very excited about my purchase. My new Kindle is awesome! I like it so much that I wanted to share my thoughts with you.

New 6" Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader 


My new Kindle has a 6" touchscreen. It is slightly smaller than my first Kindle, and easier to pack in a small bag or purse.

This Kindle has built-in lights - no need to buy a separate, external light.

My new Kindle is advertised as having a resolution of 300 ppi. Now, that doesn't mean a single thing to me except that it is easy to see that compared to my original e-reader, the images are GREAT.

I had briefly considered purchasing a Kindle Fire so that I could also read magazines and have color photos. But I'm really glad that I stuck with the Paperwhite for two main reasons: 
My eyes. I am already familiar with how easy Paperwhite technology is on my eyes in general, in the dark while camping, and there is no screen glare when outside during the day. Computer screens strain my eyes. The Paperwhite does not.
Awesome battery. I require the long-lasting battery life of the Kindle Paperwhite. I want to read everywhere I go. That includes camping at The Shack, hiking, and waiting for appointments. There's nothing worse then reaching for an electronic device with a dead battery.

The Kindle I chose:




There are only two things that I'm concerned about so far. Both have to do with the touch screen:
No Buttons. I miss the buttons on my Kindle Keyboard that turned the pages. However, I'm becoming accustomed to turning the pages by tapping the side of the screen. But so far, I still wish for those buttons to turn the pages.
Oops! What Language is That?!  When I unboxed my Kindle I plugged it in to charge and I put it in the cover I bought. During that process, I touched the touchscreen and voila, all of my display turned to a different language! I had the hardest time trying to find anything in the online owner's manual that helped me to visually find the language settings so that I could change it back to English. Finally, with a video review and a lot of guesswork, I was able to make the language change I needed. I think the online owners manual should have more visual aids to go along with the written instructions.

The awesome cover I chose:




My Love Affair with E-Readers


I was aghast when e-readers were first introduced. Who in their right might would want to replace their beloved books with an electronic device?! Oh the horror. You wouldn't be able to read your books outside, or while camping, or while at the beach. What a terrible invention.

Then my son surprised me with a Kindle (3rd generation I think).  I bought a lighted, leather cover to protect it and to help me read it while camping. And I fell in love. I replaced my hoard of books with a single small item. And I found that even at the beach, I just place my Kindle in a gallon sized baggie and it is protected from the sand. Much better than soggy, gritty books after a day at the beach!

The only thing I didn't like about that first Kindle was the images didn't translate very well. Books with maps or drawings didn't always show up well. Or were too small to be read.

I think Kindle e-readers are awesome. They allow me to read anywhere and anytime. I always have my entire library with me. And I'm sure there are plenty of functions that I am not even aware of that others would enjoy. If you've considered buying a new Kindle Paperwhite, I encourage you to do it. I think you'll be glad you did.


Postscript:

Each and every time I've considered updating my Kindle, I've thought of Susan Deppner. She was a Review This contributor and a friend to many. I thought of her as the best Kindle advisor there was. I did refer back to the Kindle Reviews she had written for guidance. 

Susan, you may be gone from this earth, but you are not forgotten. I know you'd be as excited about my purchase as I am.






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8 comments:

  1. Awesome recommendation for the kindle paperwhite e-reader you chose, Dawn Rae. And remembering all the helpful tips from Susan's articles on kindles, I can see why you used her advice when purchasing. Just goes to show you how useful review articles can be. Enjoy your new Kindle Paperwhite!

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  2. I bought a Kindle Paperwhite too a few years ago. I loved it at first but then found out that it was not compatible with our library for the borrowing of books. They required a Kindle Fire. So my paperwhite is not being used as much as it should be. But I agree with all the other "positives" that Dawn has pointed out. I still use mine, just not as much as I should!

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  3. Thanks for reviewing the Paperwhite Kindle. I still have not taken the plunge. Have the Kindle app on my laptop so I use that. But probably will upgrade soon!

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  4. Like you, I never wanted to replace my hard copies of books with an e-reader. However, I do love my Kindle Paperwhite! It really is a lot easier to hold and lightweight enough to take anywhere. I even prefer it now when I am reading at bedtime. I like the light that allows me to read without keeping my husband awake, plus the weight (again) is a huge benefit.

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  5. Love the portability of tablets - thanks for the review!

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  6. Thanks for the review. Love my Kindle...I use the Kindle Fire due to getting my books downloaded from the library.

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  7. I have two Kindle Paperwhites. Overall, I prefer them to paper for reading fiction that I don't plan to review. I love them for reading in waiting rooms and in bed at night. I can read a Kindle Paperwhite in the dark, so it's great for power outages. That being said, I don't see images the way I would were they in the paper copy. Sometimes navigation doesn't work the way I'd like it to. Paper is much more convenient if you want to do a lot of flipping back and forth in the book while writing a review. Also, I've been disappointed in a waiting room situation without a wireless connection to discover that a book I thought had been added to my Kindle still wants to download when I try to open it in my library. So I have to find one that had finished downloading much earlier. Just downloading the book when you're at home doesn't mean it's not cached somewhere in a cloud until you actually try to read it.

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  8. I'm glad you are enjoying your new Kindle Paperwhite. This is the model I own and use nearly daily. I bought it primarily because of the light function since I live off the grid and like to conserve on electricity when reading in bed at night. Here's to many happy hours of reading anywhere and everywhere.

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