Difference between Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite

Key Difference: Amazon Kindle is a first and basic e-book reader, which was designed and market by Amazon starting on November 19, 2007. On the other hand, Kindle Paperwhite is an advanced series of Kindle e-book reader, which was announced by Amazon on the date of September 6, 2012 .

Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite are e-book readers, designed and marketed by Amazon. In both the e-readers, there are many differences related to features. Let us understand both the e-readers in the following context.

Kindle started out as an E-book reader. It is an easy way for readers to carry a number of books with them in one, small mini thing. An e-book reader is essentially a mobile electronic device whose main use is for reading digital e-books and periodicals. The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers designed and marketed by Amazon.com. The first version of the Kindle was released in 2007. The word Kindle refers to ‘kindling a fire’. The Kindle first started out as an e-reader, and then eventually developed into a tablet.

There are different varieties of the Amazon Kindle. It includes eight devices such as Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite 3G, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Fire Tablet, Kindle Fire HD Tablet, Kindle Fire HD 8.9” Tablet, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G Tablet. Each device offers a range of services, ranging from the traditional e-reader to HD tablets with 3G and/or 4G compatibility.

Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite 3G, and Kindle Keyboard are e-readers, which feature the electronic paper technology. The electronic paper, also called e-paper, looks like traditional paper and has several advantages, such as better readability, less glare, etc. Whereas, Kindle Fire Tablet, Kindle Fire HD Tablet, Kindle Fire HD 8.9” Tablet, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G Tablet are tablets, which feature LED screens.

Amazon announced 2 generations of Kindle Paperwhite – 1st Generation and 2nd Generation. The 1st generation Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader was released in the United State of America on the date of October 1, 2012. The 2nd generation Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader was released on September 3, 2013.

The Kindle Paperwhite is probably one of the most popular e-book readers. There are several features and it’s made of matte, soft touch plastic and is narrow enough to grip in one hand. Kindle Paperwhite was itself announced on September 6, 2012. The battery life of paperwhite lasts for 8 weeks and it’s logo on the back was changed from ‘Kindle’ to ‘Amazon.’ Unlike reflective tablet and smartphone screens, the latest Kindle Paperwhite reads like paper, neither has annoying glare nor is brighter in the sunlight.

Comparison between Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite:



Kindle Paperwhite

Marketed by




November 19, 2007

Announced on September 6, 2012

1st Generation - October 1, 2012

2nd Generation - September 3, 2013


6.5 x 4.5 x 0.34 inches (HWD)

6.7 x 4.6 x 0.36 inches (HWD)


5.98 ounces

7.3 ounces

Books Storage

2 GB (1,400 books)

2 GB (1,100 books)


1 month / 4 weeks

2 months / 8 weeks

Screen size

6 inches

6 inches

Wi-Fi Connectivity

Does not support Wi-Fi network.

Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks.

Content formats

Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

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What are the limitations to purchasing on the kindle paper white? Recently I have attempted to purchase both textbooks and magazines on my kindle paper white. I have gone through several attempts to upgrade the kindle paper white to be able to purchase books and magazine that I can easily purchase on my kindle. Why did I purchase technology that limits me in my ability to read what I want when I want.

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