Amazon has officially announced today that the new Kindle Paperwhite e-Reader will be hitting the European shores this year after all. This is the latest six inch device that will allow you to read in the dark with a pure white display, while other companies often give you a soft blue hue. The Kindle Paperwhite is available to pre-order in both the wi-fi and 3G variants. The wi-fi variant costs €129 or £109, while the 3G version costs €189 or £169. All of these devices will ship without Special Offers, as the whole initiative is not supported currently in Europe.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the most in-demand e-reader to be released this year. The Kindle Paperwhite features a six inch e-Ink Pearl display screen with 212 PPI. The big hyping factor is that they jammed 62% more pixels into the screen to give you higher resolution than previous models. The brightness settings, much like the Kobo Glo and Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight, make it totally adjustable.
Originally, Amazon had not planned to release this device outside the USA until 2013. The company had reported to us that it was experiencing a labor and raw material shortage for some of the more critical components. It looks like this entire situation was resolved in less than three weeks.
Orders will be officially shipped out October 25th for residents of the United Kingdom, while Spain, France, Germany, and Italy will have them dispatched on November 22nd. Unfortunately, Canadian residents and the rest of the world will not have access to purchase them directly from Amazon. Shop e-Readers has these in stock and will ensure you get them in time for the holidays.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.