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Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite ereader has reached Australian shores, going on sale from today from Independent online retailer and Kindle specialist Readershop.com.au.
The Paperwhite retains the travel-friendly 6 inch screen size, slim profile and light weight of the Kindle family, but boasts a new 'Paperwhite' display technology for greater readability, especially in low light conditions.
The display packs a combination of 62% more pixels per inch, for higher resolution and crisper text; 25% better contrast, for sharper darker text to make reading even easier on the eyes; and a front-lit rather than side- or back-lit screen to ensure the light is spread evenly across the virtual page.
For those with a technical bent, Amazon says the Paperwhite uses what's essentially an optical fibre that's been flattened out into a sheet or mesh, to evenly distribute light across the entire viewing area: it's detailed in this video, starting around the 1.00 mark.
Readershop is carrying both the WiFi and 3G versions of the Paperwhite, priced at $239 for the WiFi model and $299 for the 3G version (which lets you browse, buy and download ebooks from Amazon.com pretty much anywhere rather than relying on having access ot a wireless network).
Watch for a review of the Kindle Paperwhite on Australian Business Traveller next week.
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