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New Kindle Paperwhite is brighter, faster

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Amazon is making changes to many of its readers, including the Kindle Paperwhite.

Amazon.com has begun to update its Kindle e-reader business, offering some modest tweaks to its Kindle Paperwhite device to make it brighter and faster.

Amazon has increased the contrast on screen, making the new Paperwhite easier to read in direct sunlight. The company also has boosted the processor speed by 25 percent. That means books should open faster and digital pages should flip more quickly.

Look for the Goodreads “g” logo at the top of the home screen. Amazon bought the book-reading community earlier this year. The service has 20 million members who share their favorite reads with one another on the social network. Those members can buy e-books for their Kindles directly from those Goodreads recommendations.

The new reader includes Kindle FreeTime, which helps parents track the books their kids read, how long they read, and even what words they look up.

The new Paperwhite is same size as the current model and is available for pre-order on amazon.com. The Wi-Fi version is $119 with ads and $139 without. The company says it will start shipping those devices Sept. 30. A version with 3G connectivity will cost $189 and be shipped beginning Nov. 5.

Jay Greene, Seattle Times

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