The New Kindle Paperwhite Can Stay Underwater For Up To An Hour

The Kindle Paperwhite is ready for the bath

Amazon launches water-resistant Kindle Paperwhite | Technology

The new Kindle Paperwhite is available for pre-order today starting at $129.99 here and will start shipping November 7.

So, to shore up the other end of its ereader line, Amazon has made a new Kindle Paperwhite sporting numerous high-end features found on the Oasis, but with a much more reasonable price.

The new Kindle Paperwhite sports a flush-front design and a back made of soft, easy-to-grip material so it rests easily in the users' hand. It features a new plastic display that Amazon claims is more durable (and just as scratch-resistant) as the old glass panel, along with a fifth LED backlight that should deliver brighter and more even illumination, and a design that sits completely flush with the Kindle's bezels. This in theory will allow you to read even under water at a depth of two meters, but not more than an hour. According to Amazon it "is created to withstand accidental drops in the bathtub, hot tub, pool, and ocean". Given water-resistance ratings are defined by the device manufacturer, Amazon says that the new Kindle can be submerged in up to 1 metre of water for 60 minutes.

Amazon has also announced software features to the Kindle family by adding a new home experience which helps find a user's next read based on their reading history. Available in 8 GB, which is twice the storage of the previous generation and can hold thousands of titles, and 32 GB for storing even more content. You can personalise your reading experience on the Kindle with multiple reading and orientation settings which you can switch to quickly from the settings menu.

A neat feature is that if you have both the eBook and audio book of the same title, the Kindle will remember where you are up to so you can chop and change between them seamlessly. The latter is also available with 3G for £219.

Did you know we have a YouTube Channel? - Smart Lookup: Integrates a full dictionary definition with other reference information via X-Ray and Wikipedia. Amazon's take on this is, as you might expect, a bit different: that a device such as the Kindle offers a private sanctuary perfected for reading without the distraction of tabs, notifications and a rapidly depleting battery. Then when that person just wants to read on the couch, they can revert to a casual reading profile. Kindle Unlimited gives you access to a million books absolutely free.

Coming in at 182g for the Wi-Fi enabled version, the new Paperwhite is the lightest model thus far.

Latest News