My new Paperwhite ereader was not scheduled to arrive until tomorrow, but here it was waiting for me when I got home tonight. All of those new warehouses and other expensive infrastructure that Amazon has been spending so prodigiously on, while perhaps not so good for the short-term investor, are certainly great for customers.
One of the first things I wanted to check out on Amazon’s new ereader was the lighting system. Last year’s Paperwhite may have seemed, to some . . . Well, perhaps, a bit of, hem and haw . . . A stopgap. A hasty reply to the Nook ST with GlowLight ( a good ereader that is now past its prime), or possibly Kobo’s Glo (which I rather liked, by the way). Some users complained of problems caused by the first Paperwhite’s frontlight – shadows extending into the page or even pinkish and bluish discolorations of the page caused by the lighting system.
Fortunately, I did not experience these problems on my own Paperwhite, nor did I see them on the Paperwhites of my friends. My Kindle did have some shadowing, but it politely confined itself to the footer of the pages, where I was quickly able to ignore it and get on with my reading. My Paperwhite became my go-to ereader and has seen a lot of use over the past year. I quickly came to think of it as the best ereader ever. Until now.
Obviously, the first thing I wanted to check out was the new and improved frontlight and whether or not Amazon was able to get rid of those pesky shadows. I’ve only had a brief time with the new Kindle, but I’m happy to report that it looks like they nailed the lights. I have seen no shadowing or discoloration even with the light turned all the way up. No shadows whatsoever, even at the bottom of the page.
When viewed beside the new model, the display of last year’s Paperwhite (on the left in the pic) looks slightly bluish/grayish compared to the new higher resolution and higher contrast epaper of this year’s model. The new Paperwhite should be an easier read for those with aging eyes or other vision problems. I haven’t had the new Kindle long enough to be able to check out all of the other new features yet, but so far I am impressed.