Taking the technology leap from paper to Paperwhite proves illuminating to one reader.BY WHITNEY BUTLER Call me old fashioned, but there’s nothing like holding a piece of exceptional literature, watching those thin pages lay back to reveal a real book. For any serious reader, the smell of books, the vivid coloring on a cover, even the weight of a hardback is more than just a contemporary novelty—it’s an experience. So when technology brought to fruition a generation of e-readers, this old-fashioned page-turner kept to the niceties of tradition. Leave it to those who are more tech-savvy to bring a lost reader up to speed. Amazon’s recent release of its second generation Kindle Paperwhite was met with positive reviews. The hardware upgrades and overall development of the latest e-reader was relatively modest, less the important addition of front-lit technology for page illumination. Slight changes may suggest Amazon felt pretty good about their original product, though the lighting upgrade will definitely make bright competitors like Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Kobo’s Aura a little less competitive.
Originally appeared in print November 2013.READ COMPLETE PRINT VERSION