Amazon Unveils New Kindle Paperwhite & Kindle Matchbook

September 9, 2013  |  New Products, Techie

Amazon announced last weekend the next generation of the Kindle Paperwhite in which they upgraded minor things that could mean a smoother device for its end-users.  Although it is mostly a hardware upgrade the important announcement which I found interesting came in the form of the newly announced “Kindle Matchbook“.  Simply put, if you ever purchased actual physical books from Amazon you will soon be able to purchase the same items for your Kindle at virtually no cost.  Similar to their previous “Auto-Rip” program launched a while back you would receive an AmazonMP3 version of an album you previously purchased.  In this case the Kindle version of some Paperback books or Hardcovers will either be free or range between 0.99$ – 2.99$.

Over 10,000 books will be available via Kindle Matchbook when it launches in October, and your entire order history will qualify for discounted Kindle Books.  Only books that were purchased new will count towards MatchBook however (which means will be offered completely free).  I can’t wait because this means I will actually have two copies of my books and my Kindle will actually be my moving library!

Kindle Paperwhite

What’s new?

  •  Higher Contrast e-Ink display
  • Faster processor for improved page turning and book opening
  • Redesigned built-in light
  • Touch-screen has been improved as well
  • Integration with Goodreads
  • Kid-friendly mode called Free Time
  • Expansion of the X-Ray feature which now uses a full dictionary and Wikipedia in the “Smart Lookup” tool

What’s the same?

  • Form factor is just like the previous generations except it is a bit lighter

The device is available for Pre-Order on Amazon and ships September 30th for 119$ with Special Offers or 139$ without Special offers. Personally, I won’t be grabbing this model as I have the previous generation and its fine with me.

Features of Kindle MatchBook?

  • Kindle Editions at a great price: Amazon customers who purchase or have purchased qualifying print books can get the Kindle edition for prices that are typically $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.
  • For book purchases dating back to 1995: Print purchases from 1995 will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook
  • Easy Discovery: Readers can easily look up their entire print book order history to discover which of their past purchases are enrolled in Kindle MatchBook.

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