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Hands-on with the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (image gallery)

Amazon finally released an ebook reader that hits every high point for avid readers and it doesn't get much better.
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The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite retail package is also the shipping package that comes with a cool pull tab to unpack.

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The Quick Start Guide is found at the top while the Kindle Paperwhite appears in a formed area.

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Note that I purchased the Paperwhite with ads and the ad you can see on the lock screen is for $5 in free Amazon MP3 music.

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There is no charger included, but you do get a USB cable. You can charge via a computer or A/C USB adapter you may already have. Amazon also sells an A/C adapter for $10.

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There is no home button below the display like we see on the Kindle Touch.

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A microUSB port and the only button (power) appears on the bottom of the Kindle Paperwhite.

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The back of the Kindle Paperwhite is covered in soft touch and feels great in your hand.

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Here you can see the Kindle Paperwhite next to the Kindle Touch.

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The Kindle Paperwhite is slightly shorter and narrower than the previous Kindle Touch.

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The home screen shows some books in your library, ads, and a quick link to the Kindle Store.

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From the Home screen this is the menu you see in the upper right corner.

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Reading is a joy in light and dark conditions.

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There are quite a few font options so you can customize your reading experience.

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The right side of the Time to Read feature shows how much time it should take you to finish the book.

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The left side of the Time to Read feature shows how much time left you have to finish the current chapter.

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You can share your reading experience with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

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The brightness controls let you choose an intensity from 0 to 24. A 0 setting does not completely turn off the backlight.

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You can read in landscape orientation through a setting in the menu.

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There is plenty of content available in the Kindle Store.

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The Kindle Paperwhite has an experimental web browser, which I find pretty useless and unnecessary.

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Tapping and holding on a word will open up the dictionary. You can also then highlight the word or select More and add notes.

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There is an option to view popular highlights from Amazon Kindle users.

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The More option lets you choose from one of these four options.

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This is the settings page accessible from the Home screen.

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Here are the detailed Device Options settings.

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This shot shows the Reading Options settings.

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You can view your library in List mode as well as book cover mode.

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These are the current special offers on my Kindle Paperwhite.

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