New Kindle Paperwhite ebook readers now available in India

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The new generation of Kindle Paperwhite ebook readers are now available in the country via Amazon India. According to the company, the ebook readers are also available from 250 retail outlets in the country, including Croma, Reliance Digital, E-Zone and Vijay Sales stores in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Pune.

The Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G are priced at Rs. 10,999 and Rs. 13,999 respectively. Amazon had introduced both the new Kindle Paperwhite ebook readers in the middle of January, making them available for pre-order with deliveries starting from February 4.

The new generation Kindle Paperwhite ebook readers were launched in the US back in September last year. The new models are successors to the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G models that were launched 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.

One of the major highlights of the software features in the new Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G e-readers is the integration with Goodreads, a book lovers’ community that Amazon 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 also introduced a new child-friendly mode called FreeTime, which 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 purchased from Amazon India website. Technical specifications include a 6-inch display and 8 weeks of battery life (with wireless off).

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