Kindle Paperwhite Chat

Let’s Talk… Kindle Paperwhite

Recently, I got a Kindle Paperwhite! It was an upgrade for me, because I’d been using the Kindle for about 8 years. I loved my old Kindle, but after so long I was starting to find that the buttons you use to turn the pages no longer had that satisfying click, and the battery life wasn’t what it once was. As my birthday was coming up, I asked for the Kindle Paperwhite and my mum very kindly bought it for me. Today, I’m going to discuss the Kindle (the new models might be slightly different to my older one!), and the Paperwhite and compare them to help you decide which model is for you. I will also touch on the Kindle Oasis which is the more expensive option, and why I personally don’t think it’s worth the price tag.

The Kindle

The first thing I would say is that with all Kindle models, even the cheapest, is that you don’t need to worry about having enough storage space. All models can store hundreds of books, and even the basic Kindle will have more storage than you’re likely to ever use. Of course, if you want literally thousands of books you might run into problems, but if you want a couple of hundred there’s nothing to worry about (and you can easily delete and redownload books as needed if you do manage to run out of storage space).
My old Kindle had a few buttons, but the newer models have swapped to the touch screen model. I personally quite liked having the buttons because they were a bit more tactile, but the touch screen will make the experience a bit smoother if my Paperwhite is anything to go by.
The old Kindle model also had a feature I loved: collections. Books on the old Kindle models are simply listed alphabetically, so it can be hard to navigate, so I created a cataloguing system. Essentially, you could create folders to add your books to. The folders were also sorted alphabetically, so I named my folders “|> 100 Fiction” etc so they would always be pushed to the first page. I had 100 for Fiction, then 110, 120 and so on for genres. Then I had 200, 300, and 400 for Non-Fiction, Poetry and TBR. I added books to collections as soon as they were downloaded to make sure it was easy to find them, and it worked a treat. I liked being able to see how many of each category I had, and I liked that it made navigation a lot simpler.

The Kindle Paperwhite

I have the newest Kindle Paperwhite, so everything I say here will be applicable to the latest models. As the basic Kindle has undergone a major revamp in the last few years, the collections I just spoke about are likely no longer an option, so please remember I was talking about the circa 2012 model!
The Kindle Paperwhite has a touch screen, though the left side of the screen turns the page back, which makes it harder to read with one hand if you want to hold it in your left hand. The touchscreen is also a little slow for anything you want other than turning the page, so sometimes I struggle to bring up the top menu to exit the book because the touch screen isn’t responding fast enough. The Paperwhite does have 8GB of storage, which is more than the Kindle, but I don’t think I’ll actually touch the extra storage space! It’s also splashproof which is a nice bonus for anyone who likes reading in the bath. I’m not a bath person, but I can imagine that when we can go on holidays again I’ll be reading on my Kindle by the pool with no fears! I’m also told that the Paperwhite is compatible with Audible if you have bluetooth headphones, but I’ve not tried this out as I’m not a big audiobook person, so someone please do correct me if I’m wrong.
The Paperwhite library cannot be separated into collections (so far as I can tell), but you can filter by unread books, and there’s also a search bar that can search the device, or the Amazon store, so navigation is easy enough. I believe this library system is now also used by the new Kindle models, again, someone please let me know if I’m wrong!

Overall

Overall, I do think the Kindle Paperwhite is worth the £129.99 price tag. The Kindle’s £79.99 price tag is a really good price, though, especially if you’re not planning to use it too regularly. When I was looking at upgrading I did consider getting the standard Kindle, but the improved screen resolution and waterproofing pushed me towards the Paperwhite. The Paperwhite is also lighter than the standard Kindle I believe, though neither of them are exactly hefty. The final Kindle, the Kindle Oasis is, in my opinion, not worth the cost. It comes with a massive £229.99 price tag, and for that money, you get everything the Paperwhite has to offer, plus a slightly larger screen (7” compared to 6”), better lighting, “ergonomic design”, auto-rotating pages (super annoying if you’re trying to read on your side, I imagine), and page turn buttons. To me, those upgrades sound unnecessary to the average user. The lighting on my Paperwhite is perfectly fine for me, and I don’t tend to rely on the device’s light to read by, so improved lighting isn’t something I’m interested in. The larger screen would be a nice addition for readers who might have issues with their site, as obviously you can have a larger font without having ridiculously few words per page, but for the most part, the gap in the price doesn’t seem justified.
I do recommend an ereader generally for voracious readers, whichever you decide is right for you! They’re convenient to carry around, can lead to savings in the long run (ebooks are often cheaper than physical copies), and are also probably more environmentally friendly than thousands of books (though I haven’t actually looked at the science of that, but it definitely reduces the amount of paper you’re consuming if not your carbon footprint…). You can also email PDF documents to your Kindle, which I wish I had done for my University reading because I really don’t like reading on my laptop screen! Do you use an ereader? Which one?

18 thoughts on “Let’s Talk… Kindle Paperwhite

  1. I have Kindle Paperwhite and the backlight function is useful for me because I read in the dark while my son sleeps. I wish the touchscreen was more responsive, though. There’s a lag which becomes more noticeable once you load the Kindle with many books.

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    • I don’t have loads of books on mine so I don’t notice that yet! Hopefully I won’t 😬 if I do, I’ll probably end up deleting some of my Amazon downloads to free up space! After all, you can always redownload them if you want to reread

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    • I can’t read on phone/tablet screens at all so hats off to you! The lighting on ereaders is definitely kinder on the eyes so I’d recommend investing if you have the money and use the Kindle app a lot! ☺️

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  2. I am old fashioned and do like my books. Though I’ve just read a book on my Amazon fire if I were to get a kindle this one looks ideal. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I have one of the first generation Paperwhite models, and I love it. I got it when I updated to Windows 10, and then I couldn’t download ARCs to my Nook because of some glitch between the Adobe program and the Nook. Very frustrating! But if you use NetGalley, a Kindle is preferable because the files you send to your Kindle never expire, but the files you sent to a Nook expire after something like 52 days!

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    • Thats so frustrating!! I like the Kindle because even though I got a new Kindle, all my NetGalley books were still associated with my Amazon account so I could download them to my new Kindle!

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  4. Great review Ellie. I have the Oasis but t I bought it when it was on sale, so the price of it was the same as the paperwhite. If it hadn’t been on sale, I would’ve gone with the Paperwhite 🙂

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  5. I upgraded from an older model to a paperwhite in summer 2019, my old on (maybe 2013) was fine but I wanted the higher contrast screen as my eyes are changing as I get older. My almost-9 year old has my dad’s ancient one, with the button keyboard and reads that for an hour every day. I’ll probably give my old one to my 5 year old in a couple of years when he gets to that stage with his reading. For me, the paperwhite’s main advantages are the contrast and easier purchase/browsing with the in-built browser.

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    • Yes I do like that I can buy so easily! I passed my old Kindle on to my grandma as she was starting to use my grandads a lot. They have a great lifespan! My old Kindle had a short battery life, and the page turn buttons had lost their click but considering the age it’s great condition, and I can guarantee my grandma won’t realise that it isn’t meant to be that way. Passing them onto kids is a great idea!

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      • The kindle has been our absolute saviour in lockdown, my oldest reads at least 2 books a week and when school was off and the library closed we’d have been in some sort of torture situation if he hadn’t been able to get books somehow.

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