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The second edition Kindle Paperwhite just launched in India earlier this week. The new Paperwhite is without question the best e-Reader on the market yet, but what’s changed since the last one?

Well, first off, the display has been improved. The Paperwhite is still lit using the same kind of technology, but with the older model, the lighting wasn’t really uniform across the screen. Now, if you turn the brightness to max, you can see that it’s a lot smoother than before.

The new hardware also means that the Paperwhite is more powerful, and so page turns smoother, books load faster, and touchscreen interface works better.

But these differences are all very minute. The key selling points—a screen so easy to read on you’ll forget it’s a gadget, a battery you charge every month, not every day, and a library of books so vast that there’s never any shortage of content—those are all there with the older version as well.

So, if you already have a Paperwhite, you can stop reading. There’s just no reason to change your hardware yet. If you don’t have an e-book reader yet though? Buy this, right now. Sure, people say that you can just use your tablet for reading, but the truth is that the Kindle is about distraction free reading. It’s a single purpose device, and while there are a lot of reasons to prefer a tablet, if you’re a dedicated reader, then the Kindle just makes too much sense not to have.

The screen is amazing—it’s as close to reading a book as you are going to get. Unlike a book, a Kindle can light up at night, and can be used to buy and download an ever growing library of books. Yes, it’s a fair amount of money to spend on a device that can only read books—but the experience is definitely worth it.

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