If you’ve never gotten a Kindle, and have been curious about e-reading, this is definitely the one to get. You don’t have to fiddle with book lights or locate yourself next to a lamp, because the Paperwhite is practically perfect in every way, to reference one of my favorite lines from Mary Poppins. No matter where you find yourself, the Kindle Paperwhite is ready to go. It may even make the Whispersync feature and the Kindle app on your smartphone obsolete, because you just might want to keep the Paperwhite a permanent occupant of your daily gear bag.
If you already have a Kindle, the choice of whether or not to upgrade is a little trickier, and is mainly concerned with when and where you read. If you find yourself in several different lighting situations on a regular basis, and you are simply sick of dealing with lighted cases and/or clip on reading lights, your frustrations are finally over. If you’re happy with your current Kindle, you might not want to spring for the upgrade, because the minimum $119 upgrade price would buy quite a few Kindle books, after all. And of course if you rely on the text to speech and/or Audible support of previous models, or if you just like to listen to music while you read, the Kindle Paperwhite is most definitely not the device for you.
If you decide that you want though, or want to give one as a gift for Christmas, you had better hurry — the Kindle Paperwhite has been so wildly popular that it is currently on backorder, with new orders not expected to ship for at least five to seven weeks.