The company launched three models, including the Kindle Paperwhite, the Kindle Paperwhite Kids, and the Kindle Paper White Signature Edition.
The basic paperwhite is only getting a modest update, with the screen being enlarged to 6.8-inches and the bezels slimming down. However at 300 pixels per inch, the company says that the new Paperwhite will resemble real paper. It features an adjustable warm light option for reading late at night.
Kindle Paperwhite Kids has the same specs as the main Kindle Paperwhite model, with an adjustable warm light and up to 10 weeks of battery life, as well as the same two-year guarantee,and one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ the company offers on its child-focused tablets. Amazon will throw in a protective cover that comes in either Black, Emerald Forest, or Robot Dream colors.
Amazon Kids general manager Kurt Beidler said at the launch: “Since we introduced Kindle Kids two years ago, kids have used their Kindle devices to read over 16 million books and logged nearly 1.6 billion minutes reading. We hope the new reading experience with Kindle Paperwhite Kids helps even more kids become lifelong reading fans.”
Paperwhite Signature Edition is basically a Kindle Paperwhite with an auto-adjusting light sensor at the front for reading in variable lighting. Wireless charging will also be present, allowing users to charge their Kindles without needing to find a fiddly USB cable around the house.
Amazon is making these devices available immediately for pre-order. The Kindle Paperwhite costs $140 for an 8GB model in black. The Kindle Paperwhite Kids will cost about $160, while the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is $190.