New Kindle Paperwhite models now available on Amazon India, shipping February 4

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Amazon India has listed for pre-orders the new generation Kindle Paperwhite e-readers that were launched in the US back in September. The Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G are listed on Amazon India for Rs. 10,999 and Rs. 13,999 respectively, with a release date of February 4.

The new models are successor to the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G models that werelaunched in the country last June. The new ebook readers include a higher contrast display, a better built-in light, a faster processor, improved touch technology, and a few software enhancements.

Highlight of the new software features is integration with Goodreads, a book lovers’ community thatAmazon acquired earlier this year. This new feature will allow Kindle owners to see what their friends are reading, share highlights, and rate the books they read with other Goodreads users, all from their Kindle.

Amazon has introduced a new child-friendly mode called FreeTime, that uses built-in parental controls to give parents a way to encourage kids to spend more time reading. It lets parents hand-select books for the kids to read, and hand out achievement badges when they hit reading milestones. A progress report keeps parents updated on total time spent reading, number of words looked up, badges earned and books finished.

New Smart Lookup integrates a full dictionary definition with other reference information about a word, character, topic or book via X-Ray and Wikipedia.

The all new Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G can now be pre-ordered from Amazon India website. Technical specifications include a 6-inch display and 8 weeks battery life (with wireless off).

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