Viewpoints Blogger Review of The Kindle Paper White

The Kindle Paperwhite had arrived at my house for me to review as part of the Viewpoints Blogger Review Panel and you would have thought that someone had dropped off a pound of gold! There was squealing, jumping up and down and clambering to open the box. Oh, and then I let the kids know it had arrived and the whole scene repeated itself! My oldest is OBSESSED with books. I can’t get enough books into her hands because she is going through them so quickly! She is reading about 100 pages of a youth chapter book a day. I send her to bed with a freshly downloaded e-book and she has it read by morning. Who is this kid!? Oh yeah… mine. I was the exact same way. Her Aunt was a book worm as well. I guess she got the book worm gene.

The Kindle Paperwhite

  • Wi-Fi, Paperwhite Display, Higher Resolution, Higher Contrast, Built-in Light ($119)
  • Patented built-in light evenly illuminates the screen to provide the perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions
  • Paperwhite has 62% more pixels for unsurpassed resolution
  • 25% better contrast for sharp, dark text
  • Even in bright sunlight, Paperwhite delivers clear, crisp text and images with no glare
  • New hand-tuned fonts – 6 font styles, 8 adjustable sizes
  • 8-week battery life, even with the light on

  • Holds up to 1,100 books – take your library wherever you go
  • Built-in Wi-Fi lets you download books in under 60 seconds
  • New Time to Read feature uses your reading speed to let you know when you’ll finish your chapter. Know if it truly is ‘just 5 more minutes, mom!”
  • 180,000 Kindle-exclusive titles that you won’t find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as Kurt Vonnegut
  • Supports children’s books and includes new parental controls
  • ‘Amazon Prime’ Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – with Amazon Prime, Kindle owners can choose from more than 180,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers. But watch for a limit of 1 book per month.

ZIP! Can’t you just feel the room alive with anticipation?!

TA DAH!!!  OOH AHH. Included in the box is the Kindle Paperwhite, USB 2.0 charging cable (I was IMPRESSED at how long the chord is..over 5 feet! WTG Kindle!) and a Quick Start Guide

Check out those stats! Petite, compact, light. I kept wanting to tuck it in my back pocket like I do my iPhone but it wouldn’t fit. No big deal.

Words out of my eight year olds mouth as I handed it to her: “Oh my! It is so LIGHT! Much lighter than your iPad, Mom.”

We started the set up process. Kindle does a good job of letting you know each of the features as you are walked though the set up process.

We were able to find our in house wi-fi connection quickly utilizing the wi-fi connectivity on the Kindle Paperwhite

Out biggest hold up was remembering our password! Geesh you would think I could remember that thing!

We set out to learn about our new toy e-reader.

Adjustable Text Sizes. I loved that the font size, line spacings, margins and actual font you read can be adjusted to your liking. I think this is a great feature for those who need a bigger font size to read. I was able to put my reading glasses away when I adjusted the size to a bigger font. Yeah! I got a bit of my youth back in that moment.

Built-In Dictionary This is a great feature. My eight year old has a wide vocabulary and great comprehension but from time to time she comes across a word that needs a definition to make the context more clear.  I showed her how to touch the word and have the definition pop up. She thought this feature was “Awesome! That makes so much sense!”. Thank you Kindle!

Instant Translator I didn’t use this feature but I am glad it is available. If I were learning a new language or teaching a new language to my kids we would utilize this feature. It is like translating your book into many languages!

Whispersync  This feature synchronizes your last page location, bookmarks, and annotations across all your devices so you can pick up exactly where you left off reading. This was great because I could be reading a book on my kindle app on my iPad and then when I plugged in the iPad to charge at night I grabbed the Kindle Paperwhite and took it to bed with me. I was able to open to the page I had just left off on the other device! This brings me to:

Battery Life I am so impressed with the efficiency of the Kindle Paperwhite. Check out this info graphic.

I can tell you the Kindle Paperwhite got more than 30 minutes of reading a day in my house. But we didn’t have the front light set at 10. Keep your light set low and you can extend that battery life for a very long time!

Built In Light To me this is part of what is beautiful about a Kindle. The ability to read in any brightness of light. Indoors, outdoors, in direct sun, in the car, in bed it doesn’t matter. The Kindle just went with the flow and I was able to see the words on the page with out any eye strain. The ability to adjust the brightness was appreciated when I was reading late at night and my husband was trying to fall asleep next to me. I did not need to use a bed side table light or a book light. The Kindle was bright enough to see and I was able to adjust it to be dim enough to allow him to fall asleep.

But does the Kindle Paperwhite save money? That is what this blog is all about. Finding ways and products that will save us money in the long run.

My answer is: It depends.

How much do you read? If you are a prolific reader that is going through books and books a month or year then YES this e-reader will save you money in the end. By purchasing the digital copy of your favorite book from the amazon website you are automatically saving money over the printed version. They are downloaded within a minute and ready to read. There is not the environmental impact of printing and shipping a book so that is a savings for all of us! You are able to share your digital books with your friends who have a Kindle or a Kindle app. Learn more about that HERE. So if you have a bunch of friends with large purchases of digital books then you can be set with a large digital library to peruse through.

Do you borrow exclusively from a public library? If you are not wanting to purchase digital books and looking to utilize our public libraries e-book section you will probably have a different experience depending on your library system. Just as not every library carries a copy of every printed book libraries don’t always have access to all copies of e-books. Also not all hard copies of books are available in digital format. We found that our local library had a limited selection of books my eight year old would be interested in reading. Or if they did have a copy of the digital book they didn’t always have it available for download. I am sure it varies from library to library. Check with your local library as to the selection available and ask them to purchase more copies of digital books if that is what you are interested in reading. In short, your local library might not be able to satisfy your need to read when it comes to the digital library. You might have to shell out a few dollars to get that digital copy you are looking for. But it is cheaper than buying a hard copy in the end.

Something I Could Do With Out: The Experimental Browser. Yup. I have something ‘negative’ to say about the Kindle Paperwhite. The experimental browser seemed like it was just that..experimental. I had difficulty with the pages scrolling when I would slide my finger up and down the side and when I WAS able to get the page to move it had a hard time realigning and loading correctly. I did try to use the browser to download digital books from my local library and wasn’t able to accomplish any downloads. It could have been the libraries system and the browser just weren’t compatible but in the end I didn’t have success. I was hoping that with the wi-fi compatibility I would be able to do my downloading all on one device but it just didn’t work for me. I found the best way for me to access my digital downloads was though the website and then have them delivered to the Kindle.

My oldest wanted to try her hand at ‘blogging’ and felt doing a question and answer video was a great way for her to contribute to this blog post. Here is her contribution:

The Viewpoints had a Google+ hangout and below is the video. Here is the quote from the description on Youtube:

The tech world is calling the Kindle Paperwhite “probably the best eReader on the market.” A tall statement given all the choices. For the most part, the women of The Viewpoints Blogger Reviews Panel agree. They recorded this Google Hangout reviewing the Kindle Paperwhite on 11/13/12.

The Paperwhite, which features a touchscreen instead of a keyboard, started shipping in October, 2012, and although it’s not a perfect product, it shines on many levels, according to The Viewpoints Blogger Reviews Panel.

Our unique test

All members of the Viewpoints panel are successful female bloggers who know a thing or two about techology and helping their readers make important decisions, like how to buy a gift that’s sure to please. bought the Kindle Paperwhites ($119 each) for our test, shipped them out to the bloggers’ homes across the U.S. and Canada and asked each to use the devices and give their honest opinion. Each of the bloggers chose a deserving someone or organization in their communities who will get to keep the Kindles after this reviews project. So this is as close to an unvarnished, unbiased professional review as you’ll find.

For those who want to hear my lovely voice pay attention at time marker 3:36 for my greeting, 16:00 for more of me talking about the touch screen and then finally at 24:45 I talk about gift giving. I encourage you t watch the entire hang out because these ladies have so much insight about the Kindle Paper White and come from all walks of life. It is a lively fun group!

As a member of the Viewpoints blogger review panel I was provided with the Kindle Paper White ($119) for my review. The opinions are my own and not influenced by any person or organization. Now that the review is over I will be donating the Paper White to Logos Academy in York, Pa. In full disclosure my children do attend this school. Logos Academy is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization. I will be doing a follow up post once the Kindle has been delivered to Logos.