"An excellent e-reader"5.0 starson by giraffemom
Pros: A fantastic lit screen
Light and compact
High resolution and contrast
Cons: Like all e-readers it is difficult to navigate back and forth within the book.
Summary: When the first Kindle made an appearance, I was thrilled. My vision has faded over the years and the idea of a large print edition for all books was too exciting for words. I patiently waited for the second Kindle so that any bugs and design flaws could be worked out. I then bought the Kindle 2 and Kindle 3. I decided to wait again when the Touch came out for the same reason I waited for the Kindle 2. Now the Paperwhite is here, I have had it for two weeks, read three to four hours a day and I can honestly say it is the best Kindle I have owned. I choose to remain in the Amazon family because of the large number of books I own, the selection, and their sites ease of use.
Let me first comment on my one con. I read a great deal of popular history. These books usually come with a separate section for illustrations and maps. Even with bookmarking, moving back and forth between text and illustrations is a multi-step process that takes longer than I like. I am not inventive enough to offer a solution, but I hope someone can do so.
This device is a pure pleasure for reading. Adjustable text size and multiple fonts allow the reader to pick a display that is perfectly suited to his/her eyesight. The high contrast and white background perfectly mimic paper and are infinitely superior to the older grey background and slightly fuzzy text.
The only caveat I would offer is that the size and weight make the Kindle Paperwhite feel fragile. I doubt that is the case but it was enough to make me purchase the protective cover, for my peace of mind if nothing else.
In summation, for the older reader whose eyesight is not what it once was and who finds lighter is better this is the ideal reader. 1000 large print books in a device that weighs 7.5 oz., slides easily into a coat pocket or purse, comes with a built in light and easy access to Amazon's collection of millions of books. Who could ask for more?