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The Book Revolution: The Kindle Paperwhite

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Before the age of Printing...

Before the age of Printing...

Writing Materials in History

Reading and writing are abilities peculiar to the human species. The development from unlearned cavemen to educated 21st century digital people in just a few thousand years would have been impossible without the ability to hand down acquired knowledge from one generation to the next. Over time writing materials have changed substantially:

  • in the 4th millennium BC the Sumerians wrote on clay tablets. Cuneiform characters were imprinted on wet clay tablets using a reed stylus and then dried in the sun.
  • in the 3rd millennium BC the Egyptians produced a paper-like material from the pith of the papyrus plant. Strips were glued together to form sheets and scrolls.
  • in 1450 AD the German printer Johannes Gutenberg launched the movable type printing press which allowed for the mass production of writing materials. After Gutenberg the book became ubiquitous.

Reading in the Digital Age

At the start of the 3rd millennium AD, thanks to the digital revolution, man's capacity to make knowledge available to an ever larger audience has increased on an previously unimaginable scale. While tablet computers are capable of doing far more than display text, the true 21st century successor of the book is the E-Reader. Unlike the back-light screens of laptops and tablets, the electronic ink screens of E-Readers look like paper and don't tire the eyes. Turn off the light and you won't see anything on your E-Reader. Conversely you read comfortably in bright sunlight with no screen glare at all. Just like a book. Of all electronic devices available, E-Readers provide by far the best reading experience. But unlike paper books they allow to carry your lifetime library always with you!

The Kindle Paperwhite

The Kindle - Amazon's E-Reader

Since its release in 2007 the Amazon Kindle has been the world's best-selling E-Reader. Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, reported in 2011 that sales of its digital books had surpassed hardcovers and paperbacks. While many still prefer paper to an electronic reading device, the future of the book will undoubtedly be digital. This does not mean books will fell out of use entirely, but the advantages of E-Readers are simply too huge to be ignored. Amazon's all-new Kindle Paperwhite, to be released on September 30, 2013, is part of new generation of E-Readers further enhanced to make your reading experience even more enjoyable:

Kindle Paperwhite Features

  • Storage capacity of over 1000 books. Your whole library is always with you.
  • Vast selection of books: literally millions of titles have been formatted for the Kindle. Over 1 million titles are priced under 5 USD. Books of public domain are entirely free.
  • Never lose a book, complete backup and free re-download of your whole Kindle library.
  • Study tools: 'smart lookup' shows dictionary while remaining on the same page.
  • Translation feature: no more need to carry heavy dictionaries. Words looked up enter the vocabulary builder for exercise.
  • Notes feature: add margin notes that you can export to your computer
  • Share preferred quotes with your friends on Twitter and Facebook
  • New page flip feature: skim through a book page by page without losing your place. Flip page by page or skip chapter by chapter.
  • Page preview bottom allows to hold the same page in the background.
  • One tap option to read footnotes without losing your place.
  • Choose your preferred text size and font style.
  • Your Kindle library can be categorized and customized to find books easily.
  • Long lasting battery: a monthly USB charge will suffice if you read about an hour a day (wireless and built-in light off).
  • Indicator displaying reading time to the end of the chapter or the book (the calculation is done according to one's reading habits).
  • Designed like a book. No email alerts or other interruptions.
  • All-new Kindle Paperwhite display with higher contrast. Whites are whiter and blacks are blacker. Except for the touch of your finger turning the page it's like reading paper.
  • Compact size and low weight: At 7.3 oz. (206 grams) the Kindle Paperwhite weighs less than most paperbacks and can easily be hold in one hand. It is sized 6,7 x 4,6 x 0,36 in. (169 x 117 x 9,1 mm).
  • Improved next-gen built-in light. Read comfortably in bed without disturbing your partner trying to catch sleep.
  • 25% faster processor than the previous Kindle generation for faster page turn and opening of books.
  • Kindle free time for kids to encourage and monitor reading.
  • Bargain price: USD 119 (Kindle Paperwhite) and USD 189 (Kindle Paperwhite including 3G).
  • Beautiful leather cover in different colors (optional).

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Keep on Reading

Reading is among the most rewarding and lasting activities. And reading is, of course, an activity that can be done at any age. The latest generation of E-Readers like the Kindle Paperwhite are designed like a book, but their features go far beyond a book. Statistically Kindle owners increase their reading time fourfold. Time to enjoy your favored books in an entirely new way!

Kindle Paperwhite presentation

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