Amazon Announces New Backlit Kindle Reader For $119

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Amazon announced a big update to its Kindle Touch reader today called Kindle Paperwhite. The new reader has a backlight for reading in the dark, and a higher resolution for crisper text.It’ll cost $119 and start shipping on Oct. 1. The 3G version will cost $179. 

The regular Kindle will stick around and now cost $69. That device starts shipping on Sept. 14 and you can order it right now.

Here’s a breakdown of the Kindle Paperwhite’s specs:

  • The backlight will work in direct sunlight.
  • 62% more pixels than the last kindle. Higher contrast between black and white colours.
  • Eight weeks of battery life.
  • 9.1 mm thin, 8 weeks of battery life.
  • Has a “Cover Mode” so you can see the covers of all the books you own, just like the Kindle Fire.
  • You can adjust the brightness with touch controls on the screen.
  • You can see how much reading time is left in a book at the bottom of your screen.
  • X-Ray feature lets you see which characters are in a book and where in the text they appear.

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