Amazon announces new Kindle Paperwhite with improved display, Bookerly font, and new typesetting engine

The summer is a perfect time to catch up with a good book while on vacation and it's tough to beat the Kindle Paperwhite. The new model is priced the same, but has some great improvements.

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I bought my Amazon Kindle Paperwhite in the fall of 2012 and still find it valuable for focused reading sessions. Today, Amazon announced the latest generation Kindle Paperwhite that will be available for the same price starting on 30 June.

The all-new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite offers an improved display resolution, exclusive Kindle font, and new typesetting engine. It is priced at $119 with special offers and $139 without special offers. You can also purchase a model with free integrated 3G for $189 with special offers.

The new Kindle Paperwhite has two times the pixels of the previous generation Paperwhite with the same 300 pixels per inch as the more expensive Kindle Voyage. Despite the improved screen resolution, you will still see battery life lasting for weeks.

The Bookerly font was created to reading on digital screens. Details of this font are provided on this dedicated Amazon website.

The new typesetting engine provides hyphenation, improved spacing, improved character placement, better page layouts, and optimized large font presentation.

I am a bit surprised that we still don't have a water-resistant Kindle yet, especially given that the start of summer is a perfect time for a device to use for reading at the beach or by the pool. I still use my Kindle Paperwhite in these situations since it's less expensive than a smartphone, but I would like to see a more rugged Kindle at some point in the future.