The Kindle Paperwhite is about to get a lot easier to read. Amazon today announced the successor to its best-selling Kindle with an improved high resolution display, a new font and a new typesetting engine.
The new model takes a page out of the Voyage’s book with a 300 DPI e-ink panel, or twice the resolution of the previous panel. That should make text look a lot clearer, with the pixel density we now typically expect of smartphones.
It also includes a new font designed for reading on digital screens called Bookerly. Amazon says it’s great for reading at any size, and takes advantage of the improved screen so that you can read with less eye strain.
Amazon’s also created a new typesetting engine that helps keep the reading experience more akin to a physical book. It’s now able to hyphenate to break words at the right place, for instance, while new kerning automatically adjusts character spacing to remove distracting whitespace.
Thankfully, Amazon was able to introduce the new features without changing the price; it costs $119, with pre-orders starting today and the first units shipping June 30.