Kindle Paperwhite, the most advanced e-reader ever constructed with
higher resolution, 62% more pixels, 25% higher-contrast, patented
built-in front light, 8 weeks of battery life and an even slimmer and
sleeker design-only CDN $139
Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G-the top-of-the-line Kindle with free 3G
wireless-only CDN $199
Latest generation Kindle-small, light and even faster-only CDN $89
Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite also available at over a thousand retail
locations, including Staples, The Source and Shoppers Drug Mart
Canada Kindle Store on Amazon.ca offers the largest selection of the
most popular books, including the most best sellers from the Globe and
Mail and Le Devoir best seller lists, winners of the Giller prize, and
over 50,000 French-language titles
SEATTLE, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon.ca today announced
that the new family of Kindle e-readers is now available to customers
in Canada. The all-new top-of-the-line Kindle Paperwhite is the most
advanced e-reader ever built with 62% more pixels and 25% increased
contrast compared to the previous generation Kindle, a patented
built-in front light for reading in all lighting conditions, up to 8
weeks of battery life, a thin and light design, and is available in
both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models. Never pay for or hunt for a
Wi-Fi hotspot with the free 3G wireless Kindle Paperwhite for just CDN
$199 or choose Kindle Paperwhite with Wi-Fi for only CDN $139. The new
latest generation Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle ever, with
new, improved fonts and faster page turns at the low price of CDN $89.
Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G support
multiple languages, including French, and are available starting today
In addition, Canadian customers can now access the Canada Kindle Store
directly from their Kindle. The Kindle Store offers the largest
selection of the most popular books, including the most best sellers
from the Globe and Mail and Le Devoir best seller lists, winners of the
Giller prize, and a broad selection of works from leading Canadian
publishers and authors, including Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro and Yann
Martel. The Canada Kindle Store has over 1.5 million Kindle books,
including over 250,000 exclusive books customers won't find anywhere
else, over 35,000 free books, and over 50,000 French-language titles.
Visit www.amazon.ca/kindlebooks for more information. All Kindle books are "Buy Once, Read
Everywhere"—customers can read their Kindle books on Kindle devices and
on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and Windows phones and Android
tablets using the free Kindle apps.
"We're excited to make the best-selling and most advanced e-readers in
the world available to our Amazon.ca customers for the first time,
making it easier and more affordable than ever for Canadian readers to
own a Kindle," said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "With a
Kindle in their hands, Canadian customers can now directly access the
Kindle Store with the largest selection of the books people want to
read, including the largest selection of best sellers and over 250,000
titles that are exclusive to the Kindle Store."
"E-readers have found their place in today's digital lifestyle by
providing users with a unique reading experience," said Mark Shanahan,
senior technology merchant at Staples Canada. "Our goal is to help
people choose a device that's right for them by offering a broad
selection of popular e-readers like the Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite in
one convenient place, making it easy for customers to see, touch, and
try the product."
Kindle Paperwhite—The World's Most Advanced E-Reader
Most Advanced E-Reader Display, 62% More Pixels, 25% More Contrast
Kindle Paperwhite's display is the most advanced e-reader display ever
constructed. Featuring a 212 ppi display, Kindle Paperwhite has 62%
more pixels than the previous generation Kindle, making text in books
and periodicals crisp and clear at any size. Images are sharper, richer
and show even more detail. Kindle Paperwhite's screen has 25% higher
contrast than the previous generation Kindle— the blacks are blacker,
and the whites are whiter.
Innovative Built-In Light
Backlit LCD displays direct light up through the display into the user's
eyes. Kindle Paperwhite's patented front-lit display guides light
underneath an anti-glare layer and down toward the display, away from
the reader's eyes. This means a reader can read for hours with less eye
fatigue and strain. The screen brightness is easily adjusted for
reading in any light. The Paperwhite display provides an incredible
experience in the dark and in direct sunlight.
Breakthrough Battery Life
Kindle Paperwhite's built-in front light is designed to be used at all
times—both in daylight and in a dark room—for the clearest, crispest
reading experience. In order to use the light at all times, Kindle
Paperwhite requires exceptional power management to maintain the
battery life that customers love about Kindle. Amazon's light guide
technology precisely diffuses the light across the screen and only
requires four LEDs to light the entire screen (unlike LCD screens which
can use up to 50 LEDs). The light guide is so efficient that Kindle
Paperwhite has a remarkable 8 weeks of battery life, even with the
light on at all times.
Kindle's free 3G connection means customers never have to hunt for or
pay for a Wi-Fi hotspot—they simply download and read books anytime,
anywhere. Amazon pays for the 3G connection on Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi
+ 3G, so customers pay no monthly fees and sign no annual contracts.
Kindle Paperwhite comes with built-in Wi-Fi, letting readers discover
new content at home or on the road anywhere you can access Wi-Fi.
Books in 60 Seconds
Find a book and start reading in seconds with our fast, free wireless
delivery. No computer required to download content.
New Touch Technology
Kindle Paperwhite's new capacitive touch technology is uniquely
integrated into the Paperwhite display, allowing for a thinner form
factor for Kindle Paperwhite and even better touch accuracy.
Slim and Sleek Design
At just over a third of an inch thin and weighing 213 grams, Kindle
Paperwhite is thinner than a magazine and weighs less than a typical
paperback. The bezel height between the side of the device and the
display itself is 77% thinner.
Every font on Kindle Paperwhite is hand-tuned for maximum readability.
The Amazon typography team worked at the pixel level to ensure
consistency of stroke thickness and shape profiles across all
individual glyphs, aligning each size to the specific grid of the new
Paperwhite display. This allows for unprecedented sharpness of fonts.
Kindle Paperwhite's higher resolution display also allows for new
elegant typeface options, such as Baskerville and Palatino, which use
thin stems that would not render well on a lower resolution display.
"Buy Once, Read Everywhere"
With free reading apps, customers can read their Kindle books on a large
number of devices and platforms, including any Kindle as well as on
iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Mac, PC, or Windows Phone.
Amazon's Whispersync technology synchronizes a customer's last page
read, bookmarks and annotations across all of their devices, so they
can always pick up where they left off.
Time to Read
Time to Read is a new feature for Kindle Paperwhite that helps readers
know the amount of time it will take them to finish a chapter or a
book. This feature is smart—it personalizes the time for each customer
based on their reading speed and is constantly updated as the reader's
speed and habits change. With Time to Read, it's never been easier to
decide when to start a new chapter or finish the chapter you're
Explore the "Bones of a Book" with X-Ray
With a single tap, readers can see all passages across a book that
mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or
topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from
Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon's community-powered encyclopedia for
book lovers. Amazon built X-Ray using its expertise in language
processing and machine learning, access to significant storage and
computing resources with Amazon S3 and EC2, and a deep library of book
and character information.
Features Built Just for Readers
Each Kindle offers a variety of font styles and sizes, so customers can
easily customize their reading experience. Kindle Paperwhite also
comes with built-in dictionaries for instant lookup of words, Real Page
Numbers, support for bookmarks and annotations, and more.
Worry-Free Cloud Storage
Customers' Kindle books are automatically backed up in the cloud, so
they can re-download their books wirelessly for free.
Customers can share highlighted sections, notes and meaningful quotes on
Facebook and Twitter directly from Kindle without leaving the book.
Parental Controls allow parents to restrict access to the Kindle Store,
Cloud Archive and the Experimental Web Browser so they can give their
Kindle to a child worry-free.
Top-Rated, World-Class Customer Service
Whenever customers shop on Amazon, buy a Kindle, or buy Kindle content,
they know that they are also getting Amazon's world-class customer
service. Customers have been shopping on Amazon.ca for 11 years, and
they continue to do so because of the unparalleled, end-to-end customer
Beautiful Leather Covers with Auto Wake and Sleep
Covers for Kindle Paperwhite feature a premium textured leather exterior
and a subtle woven nylon interior to provide the lightest and thinnest
form of protection. The integrated magnetic clasp ensures the cover
remains securely closed while in a backpack, purse, or briefcase. The
cover automatically wakes Kindle Paperwhite upon opening and puts it to
sleep when closed, making it easy to dive right back into the book.
Latest Generation Kindle—Small, Light and Now Even Faster—only CDN $89
The smallest, lightest and most affordable Kindle everis even better,
with new improved fonts, 15% faster page turns and a new, unbelievably
low price: just CDN $89. In addition, the new Kindle now supports
children's books and comics, and includes new parental controls.
Weighing just 170 grams, Kindle is small and light enough to fit easily
in a pocket and take everywhere, and still features the same 6-inch
electronic ink display that reads like real paper. At just CDN $89, the
new Kindle is the perfect entry Kindle for young and adult readers
Kindle Direct Publishing
Independent authors and publishers can make their books available in the
Canada Kindle Store using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) at http://kdp.amazon.ca. Canadian independent authors and publishers can utilize the English-
or French-language KDP website to make their books available in Canada
and more than 175 countries worldwide. They can also price their books
and receive payments in Canadian dollars, earn up to 70% royalties on
each book sold, all while retaining control of their content and
Thousands of authors in Canada are already using KDP to make their books
available in Kindle stores around the world, including Montreal
resident Matthew Mather, the best-selling KDP author of the Complete
"My experience self-publishing with KDP has been nothing short of
amazing," said Matthew Mather. "Within weeks of publishing, my book
climbed to #1 on the science fiction best sellers list, and now I've
sold tens of thousands of copies. I've just finished my second novel,
"CyberStorm," and look forward to the idea of writing for a living,
something I hadn't imagined possible just six months ago. The best
part, though, has been the interaction with readers. I get emails from
every corner of the world, contacting me to say how much they liked my
work. This is an amazing feeling!"
Pricing & Availability
The Kindle family is available at Amazon.ca and at over 1,000 retail
locations across Canada.
Kindle is available for CDN $89 at www.amazon.ca/kindle.
Kindle Paperwhite is available for CDN $139 at www.amazon.ca/kindlepaperwhite.
Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G is available for CDN $199 at www.amazon.ca/kindlepaperwhite3G.
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Kindle Paperwhite is the most-advanced e-reader ever constructed with
62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast, a patented built-in front
light for reading in all lighting conditions, extra-long battery life,
and a thin and light design. The new latest generation Kindle, the
lightest and smallest Kindle, now features new, improved fonts and
faster page turns.
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