The new Kindle Paperwhite is up for pre-order in the UK, Europe, Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, and Brazil. The new KPW is scheduled to ship on either 9 October or 10 October, depending on the market.
The prices vary between markets, but in most markets the new model is priced the same as last year’s model. That is going to present a rather odd situation for Amazon, given that in some of these markets Amazon is still selling the old model at that price (clearance sale?).
- UK – £109
- Europe – 129 euros
- Canada – $139
- US – $119
- Mexico – 2,399 pesos
Brazil - 699 reais
- Japan – 9,980 yen
- China – 849 yuan
The one exception seems to be India, a country where Amazon doesn’t maintain a retail presence due to govt regulations. Amazon’s retail partners in India aren’t showing the new Kindle Paperwhite just yet, but that will likely change in the next few days.
In other news, the first hands on reports are already coming in. Harry McCracken reports that he has gotten his mitts on the device. He didn’t post any photos but his description reveals that there are a number of minor improvements:
The new Paperwhite, however, isn’t a similar radical improvement over its predecessor. Instead, it’s still the Paperwhite — in virtually the same case — only with lots of little improvement. It’s an ultra-refined version of what was already the most refined product in its category.
As nice as this e-reader looks, I don’t think owners of the current-generation model will be crushed to learn they’re about to become owners of previous-generation Paperwhites. The new features aren’t that enticing. Mostly, I’m happy that the e-reader category remains popular enough that Amazon is still updating the Kindle as briskly as it ever did. (It isn’t alone, either: Kobo, one of its underdog rivals, also just announced a fancy new e-reader.)
And current Paperwhite owners who do covet the new model’s goodies may eventually get some of them: Amazon says that it hopes to release a software update for the original model, giving it new features that aren’t contingent on the latest model’s upgraded hardware and faster processor. Sounds good to me — I own the current model and keep it on my nightstand, even though I do most of my e-reading on my phone and iPad.
The trimmed section of the text gushes over the new hardware and software features, confirming that the 2013 model does have the improvements that Amazon described in the product listing.