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Kindle Paperwhite 3G e-reader

Kindle Paperwhite 3G [Previous Generation]

Free 3G + Wi-Fi, Paperwhite Display, High Resolution, High Contrast, Built-in Light
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Unlike a tablet, Kindle Paperwhite is deliberately designed to read like the printed page with a glare-free display, ultra-light design, and weeks-long battery life
  • Free 3G wireless—no hunting or paying for Wi-Fi hotspots, no annual contracts or monthly fees. 3G wireless works globally
  • Glare-free screen—unlike the glossy surface of a tablet, the Paperwhite display has a non-reflective surface that makes it easy to read, even in bright sunlight
  • Read without eyestrain—our patented front-lit design guides light towards the display instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit tablets. Read comfortably for hours.
  • Thin and light. Hold comfortably in one hand for extended periods
  • Read for weeks without charging—Kindle Paperwhite 3G can be read for up to 8 weeks on a single charge, with Wi-Fi off
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First-Ever Paperwhite Display

Brilliant Resolution

Our high resolution Paperwhite display renders exceptionally sharp, clear text and images.

Stunning Contrast

Kindle Paperwhite 3G's high contrast screen displays crisp, dark text against a brilliant white background, making for the perfect read.

Innovative Built-in Light

Paperwhite 3G guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays, thereby reducing screen fatigue. You can adjust your screen's brightness to create a perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions, from bright sunlight to bedtime reading.

Uncompromised Battery Life

A single charge lasts up to eight weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Our breakthrough power management technology allows you to leave the light on at all times for the best possible contrast without sacrificing battery life.

Read Anywhere

Read in Bright Sunlight with No Glare

Kindle Paperwhite 3G has a matte screen that reflects light like ordinary paper so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room with no glare.

Read at Night

With Kindle Paperwhite 3G, reading in bed just got better. The patented built-in light illuminates the screen, not the entire room, so you won't disturb your partner when you can't put your book down at night.

Patented Built-in Light

Designed for Reading

Unlike a backlit tablet display, Kindle Paperwhite 3G guides light towards the surface of the e-ink display from above so that the light never shines directly towards your eyes, allowing you to read comfortably with less eye strain. The built-in light illuminates the screen more evenly than a book light or lighted cover.

Perfectly Balanced Whiteness

We worked on Kindle Paperwhite 3G for over two years to perfect the uniformity of the built-in light, flattening out a fiber optic cable into a sheet, and nanoimprinting to ensure perfectly even distribution of light. Our design uses nanoscale optical diffractive patterns to enable tight control over the direction of the light. Enjoy reading with exceptional lighting uniformity and evenly balanced whiteness across the entire display. See how the screen looks in different lighting conditions.

Adjustable Brightness

Your eyes adapt to the amount of light around you, so you'll prefer dimmer light when reading in a dark setting and brighter light when reading in well-lit surroundings. You can adjust the brightness of Kindle Paperwhite 3G across a wide spectrum - from low light to full brightness - so you can read comfortably in any setting.

Power Efficient

Because our patented technology enables fine-grain control over where the light is diffused, Kindle Paperwhite 3G uses low-power LEDs, requiring very little power to evenly illuminate the entire screen.

All the Books You Love

Massive Selection

Over one million books, including best sellers from The Globe and Mail and Le Devoir best seller lists, winners of the Giller prize, and a broad selection of works from leading Canadian authors and publishers.

Free Books in the Public Domain

More than 35,000 free books, such as Pride and Prejudice and Treasure Island are available.

Free Book Samples

Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Low Book Prices

Over 700,000 are $3.99 or less; over a million are $9.99 or less.

Buy Once, Read Everywhere

Kindle books can be read on your Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android device, Mac, and PC with our free Kindle Reading Apps.

Exclusive Kindle Titles

Over 250,000 Kindle exclusive titles that you won't be able to find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as Stephanie Bond, Deborah Geary, and Thomas Benigno.

Features

Holds Up to 1,100 Books

You'll never have to leave your favourite titles behind. With Kindle Paperwhite 3G, you can keep your entire library at hand wherever you go.

Free 3G Wireless Connects Anywhere

Free, always-connected 3G wireless lets you shop and download books virtually anywhere - no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots. There are no plans, annual contracts, or monthly fees for this service. Kindle Paperwhite 3G is connected and ready to go the moment you take it out of the box. No setup required. Browse network coverage

Thinner Than a Pencil

Kindle Paperwhite 3G features a new, slimmer design. At just over third of an inch, it is thinner than a pencil.

Lighter Than a Paperback

Weighing only 7.8 ounces (222 grams), Kindle Paperwhite 3G weighs less than a typical paperback.

Books in Under 60 Seconds

Shop Amazon's expansive selection, choose a title, and begin reading in seconds. Our fast, free wireless delivers books fast - no computer required.

X-Ray

Exclusive on Kindle, explore the "Bones of the Book". With a single tap, see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest.

Adjustable Text Sizes

Design your own perfect reading experience by customizing the text size to suit your tastes and reading comfort. Choose from eight text sizes to prevent tired eyes and keep you reading longer.

Hand-Tuned Fonts

All six fonts on Kindle Paperwhite 3G have been hand-tuned at the pixel level for maximum readability and comfort. Higher resolution allows for unprecedented sharpness. The new high-resolution display allows for elegant typeface options including Baskerville and Palatino.

Bookmarks and Annotations

Add your own notes to the text just like writing in the margins of a book. Edit, delete, and export your notes. Highlight and clip key passages.

Notes and Sharing

Share highlighted sections, notes, and meaningful quotes on Facebook and Twitter directly from Kindle Paperwhite 3G without leaving the page. See passages frequently highlighted by other Kindle readers to discover interesting and meaningful passages in your books.

Real Page Numbers

We match the pages of a Kindle book to the text in a print book to identify the corresponding "real" page number. Easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class.

Read with One Hand

Lighter and thinner than a paperback, you can comfortably hold Kindle Paperwhite 3G in either hand for long reading sessions without fatigue or discomfort.

Fast, Easy Page Turns

EasyReach tap zones on Kindle Paperwhite 3G's responsive touchscreen let you tap lightly to turn pages. No need to swipe or use two hands for fast, seamless page turns.

Free Library Backup

We automatically back up your entire Kindle library in the cloud so there's never a worry about losing your books. Re-download wirelessly anytime for free.

Organize Your Library

Organize your Kindle library into customized collections, or categories, to easily access any book you are looking for. You can add an item to multiple collections to make organizing and finding titles even easier.

Carry and Read Personal Documents

Kindle makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. E-mail documents - including Word, PDF and more - directly to your Kindle and read them in Kindle format.

Time to Read

Time to Read is a new feature for Kindle Paperwhite 3G that helps you know how long it will take to finish a chapter or book. Time to Read is personalized based on your reading speed and is constantly updated as your speed and habits change. With Time to Read, it's never been easier to decide when to start a new chapter or finish the chapter you're reading.

Whispersync

Our Whispersync technology synchronizes your last page location, bookmarks, and annotations across all your devices so you can pick up exactly where you left off reading.

Search Wikipedia and the Web

Kindle makes it easy for you to search. Enter a word or phrase and Kindle will search every instance across your Kindle library, in the Kindle Store, on Wikipedia, or the Web using Google search.

WebKit-Based Browser

Kindle Paperwhite 3G's experimental web browser is based on WebKit. It's easy to find the information you're looking for right from your Kindle Paperwhite 3G. Kindle Paperwhite 3G enables you to connect to the Kindle Store and access Wikipedia - all over 3G or Wi-Fi. Experimental web browsing on other websites is only available over Wi-Fi.

Built-In Dictionary with Instant Lookup

Kindle Paperwhite 3G includes over 250,000 English entries and definitions for free. Instantly look up the definition without ever leaving the book.

Instant Translations

Tap any word or highlight a section to instantly translate into other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and more. Translations by Bing Translator.

Works in Your Language

Kindle Paperwhite 3G can be used in English, French, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. You can easily select the language that you are most comfortable with, and enjoy instant dictionary lookups in any of these languages.

Global Content Support

Kindle Paperwhite 3G supports the display of non-Latin characters, so you can read books and documents in your favorite language, including enhanced support for Japanese and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional). Kindle Paperwhite 3G also displays Korean, Cyrillic, Latin, and Greek scripts, and provides free access to several international dictionaries.

Supports Children's Books and Comics

Kindle Paperwhite 3G supports children's books with Kindle Text Pop-Up, and comic books with Kindle Panel View which allows you to read a comic book panel by panel.

Shop Wirelessly

Access the Kindle Store wirelessly from Kindle Paperwhite 3G. Search and shop the world's largest selection of books that people want to read. Amazon auto-delivers all your purchases in seconds.

Personalized Recommendations

Kindle Paperwhite 3G makes it easy to discover new titles with recommendations personalized just for you. The Kindle Store uses the same personalized customer experience you're used to across Amazon.ca, matching our best recommendations to your personal reading habits.

Huge Selection

The Canada Kindle Store includes over one million Kindle books, including over 250,000 exclusive digital books customers won't find anywhere else, more than 35,000 free books and over 50,000 French-language titles.

Parental Controls

Parental Controls allow you to restrict access to the Kindle Store, Cloud, and Experimental Web Browser so you can give Kindle Paperwhite 3G to a child worry-free.

Featured Accessories

Beautiful Design, Perfect Fit

Engineered to perfectly fit your device. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G cover features a premium textured leather exterior and a subtle woven nylon interior to provide the lightest and thinnest form of protection. The integrated magnetic clasp ensures your cover will remain securely closed while in a backpack, purse, or briefcase.

Auto Wake and Sleep

The cover automatically wakes your Kindle Paperwhite 3G upon opening and puts your device to sleep when closed, making it easy to dive right back into your book.

Technical Details

DisplayAmazon's 6" Paperwhite display with patented built-in light, 212 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale
Size6.7" x 4.6" x 0.36" (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm)
Weight7.8 ounces (222 grams)
System RequirementsNone; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content
On-Device Storage2 GB internal (approximately 1.25 GB available for user content). Holds up to 1,100 books
Cloud StorageFree cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery LifeA single charge lasts up to eight weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light and wireless usage
Charge TimeFully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable
3G ConnectivityHSDPA modem (3G) with a fallback to EDGE/GPRS; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide wireless coverage via Roger's 3G high-speed data network in Canada and partner networks outside of Canada. See Wireless Terms and Conditions
Wi-Fi ConnectivitySupports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Content Formats SupportedKindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
DocumentationQuick Start Guide (included in box) [PDF]; Kindle Paperwhite User Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF]. Additional information in multiple languages available online
Warranty and Service1-year limited warranty and service included. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here
Included in the BoxKindle Paperwhite 3G, USB 2.0 charging cable, and Quick Start Guide [PDF]
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Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
149 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They've improved the Kindle! Jan. 28 2013
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Well, I wasn't expecting to like the Paperwhite as much as I do. In fact, I almost cancelled my order before it shipped because I was convinced that the extra cost wouldn't be proportionate to the added value compared to my Kindle 4. I was wrong. I am so happy with this product. For one thing, with my being used to navigating and page-turning with buttons, it is nice to have a touch screen, and an onscreen keyboard. The screen itself is much more responsive than I expected, and making notes is a breeze for me now. The onscreen organization of the books, both on the device and in the cloud, is simple to use. And even though it IS annoying to have to re-download all your books onto a new device, this Kindle makes it simple with access to your cloud storage a simple click away. Of course, the new lit screen is the most infamous new feature, and it truly must be seen to be believed. And having the option to dim the light, or turn it off completely with little effort is a nice feature, too. The whole device feels about as light as my old Kindle 4, and with the Amazon recommended leather case it is more slender than my old Kindle, too. I'm not sure how anyone could be disappointed with this wonderful gadget. Well done Amazon!
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140 of 150 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Kindle yet (seriously) Jan. 30 2013
By Adam TOP 500 REVIEWER
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So, this being my third Kindle (I've owned the Keyboard and the non-touch Kindle from the previous generation), I am definitely writing this with a bit of experience, as far as Kindle hardware and experience goes.

This is definitely, without question, in my personal opinion, the best Kindle that Amazon has released to date. It's solid, works well, is fast, and is definitely a great piece of technology for those of you who love to read.

As noted in numerous reviews, the backlighting isn't 100% uniform. You can tell where the LEDs on the bottom of the screen sit, however, you practically don't notice it in real-world conditions (and I'm very picky about these kind of things). It's entirely without the realm of normal, and it's of no issue, so order without being paranoid and thinking there is some 100% perfect Kindle out there that you'll need to keep exchanging for (unless, of course, the one you order is broken).

I highly recommend this, and this will be replacing my prior Kindles and my iPad Mini as my go-to reading device.
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153 of 171 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not worth upgrading, but still great... Jan. 23 2013
By J. Mah
I just picked up the Kindle Paperwhite to replace my Kindle 3G.. It's a lot of money for a few minor feature upgrades and one or two major downgrades.
Compared to the 3G (Kindle Keyboard):
Pros:
The backlighting enhances the contrast and lets you read in daylight and dark
It has new software gadgets built in - estimating the time to finish a chapter, and finish the book.
The lighting is nicely adjustable

Cons:
It's very hard to use left handed - they removed the very handy buttons on the side, and have made the 'page forward' page turn activate by tapping the righthand side of the screen.
No text to speech, no audio support.
The backlighting is uneven leaving occasional 'darker spots' at the bottom of the screen.

I'm also disappointed that we're still not able to use our own screensaver, nor are we able to use the bookcover as the screensaver (unless you want to break product terms, void warranties, etc, etc)

Additionally, unlike the Kobo glo, we can't use dsylexia friendly fonts
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I upgraded to PW Jan. 26 2013
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I don't think I need to go into the great features that everyone else has covered.
I upgraded from a Kindle 2nd generation keyboard and the paperwhite is by far an improvement.
I love the 3G and WiFi feature - my son asked me how much it was for the 3G and he was surprised to find it is FREE.
The lighting issue is a non issue for me. There is a little shadowing at the bottom but to be honest if I hadn't read the reviews and learned about this issue it might have passed me by. To avoid this just a little change of the brightness helps.
I love that I can abandon my booklight and actually lie down in bed (no glasses or contacts) and read in a dark room (when I have bouts of insomnia)without disturbing my husband
I love the smaller size (from the keyboard version)
I love the fast page turns.
I love the touch screen (despite many touch screens not very user friendly towards me - this one IS)
I love the time remaining feature that judges by your own reading speed. This is very smart.
I love that the case I bought (from the US site) is the specially moulded one for PW and when closed puts the PW to sleep.
I love how super quick the PW wakes up (when I open the case)
I simply LOVED that I ordered it one day and it arrived the NEXT day - and the case from the US arrived the same day - Perfect :)
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130 of 145 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Execution of a great idea. Jan. 24 2013
By brody
Wanted to love this Paperwhite. After having problems with my first unit that i received as a Christmas gift, and then going through amazon's return/exchange program 3 times (the first unit had imperfections in the screen that lit up like stuck pixels on an LCD). It was clear comparing the exchange units with one another that Amazon had a problem. Each unit looked totally different. Definitely nothing like the advertised white images that amazon posts online. I am not sure what causes these inconsistencies other than poor manufacturing and quality control. The reality is that i picked the "least worst" of the 4 units i had seen and have kept it. But even after going through 4 units I am still left with a unit that has a stuck eink pixel (black dot) and several bright white dots, and a screen that is pink in the upper corner, blue in the middle, green on the edges, and is rather difficult to read on really overall more of a paperyellow. When i received my paperwhite i sold my kindle touch (which was the best i have used so far) and was disappointed, would have liked to have kept the touch, and waited for amazon to fix this problem with their units in the next paperwhite version. It is a solvable problem as the Kobo Glow does not suffer from such inconsistencies, no discoloration of the screen etc. Too bad they beat amazon at their own "revolution". My recommendation is wait to upgrade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect!
Reads very well with good resolution. Excellent in all aspects. I can carry it very easily in a pocket and keeps all books on hand in the Cloud. There are only two drawbacks. Read more
Published 21 days ago by François
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE my Paperwhite Kindle
I LOVE my Paperwhite Kindle. In the time since I purchased it, have read many books on it, and transferring files is so easy.
Published 23 days ago by Susana Cheng
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Je l'adore, vraiment. Vous ne serez pas déçus.
Published 28 days ago by Joany
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I can not live without
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reader
Great reader, wife loves it, easy to use and easy to read under any lighting conditions!
Published 1 month ago by Sean Price
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this reader. It's easy, simple, and has great battery life.
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Published 1 month ago by Shannon
4.0 out of 5 stars would have liked it to be text to speech with a place ...
would have liked it to be text to speech with a place for a headset
Published 1 month ago by katherine rautenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Best eReader!
Best ereader on the market, hands down. The backlight is perfect on the eyes and the kindle is so light you don't even know you're holding it.
Published 1 month ago by Malice
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