Amazon Debuts a New Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

The Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath

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The new Paperwhite comes with a new front design that melds the borders of the device with its six-inch display, making things look flush and sleek.

You can now also listen to Audible audiobooks over Bluetooth headphones or speakers right from your Kindle Paperwhite. It is the thinnest and lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet, measuring 8.18mm thick and weighing 182g-less than half the weight of many paperback books-so extended reading sessions are even more comfortable. The display has got a front light with five LEDs but does not have the adaptive brightness feature as seen in the Kindle Oasis.

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Just in time for summer, Amazon today announced a new version of its Kindle Paperwhite that adds waterproofing. The company also sells the barebones $79 Kindle and the $249.99 Kindle Oasis, which has the biggest display screen and includes physical buttons used to turn digital pages.

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It's been about 11 years since Amazon released the very first Kindle, which was a time when having a dedicated book-gadget made sense.

Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service that costs $10/month and gives you access to more than one million titles from the Kindle Store.

Although the new Paperwhite isn't IP68 water resistant like most modern smartphones, it now features a rating of IPX8.

One thing I've always loved about the Amazon Kindle e-readers is that they're made for one specific objective: displaying text on a screen for long periods of time.

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The all-new Kindle Paperwhite comes with twice the storage so you can hold more large files like audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, and comics.

The new feature can be used to create reading profiles that have user-specified fonts, boldness levels and orientation settings.

The device comes in two storage options of 8 GB and 32 GB. All are available now for pre-order in the U.S. Users can also purchase a cover with a thin design that snaps perfectly onto the new Kindle Paperwhite. A higher-end version with 32 GB of storage will cost $159.99. The shipping for 8GB variant will start from November 14, but the 32GB model will ship in the "coming months". The company updated the Kindle homepage to include easier ways to find books you may want to read based on your reading history, as well as stats about your reading habits.

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