Amazon Announces All-New Second Generation Kindle Paperwhite [u]

Amazon has announced the second-generation Kindle Paperwhite, its newest backlit ebook reader. What’s new in this model? Amazon says it has higher contrast, an improved built-in light and is also 25% faster for book opens and page turns. There is also built-in integration with Goodreads, plus new Vocabulary Builder and Kindle FreeTime features. Here’s what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had to say:

The new Paperwhite is our best ever, with a new higher contrast display, the next generation of our built-in light, a powerful new processor, and the latest touchscreen technology.

We’ve also added new reading features like Page Flip—skim books page-by-page, or skip through chapters without losing your place. We’ve integrated Goodreads—the world’s largest community of book lovers—so you can connect with like-minded readers, share recommendations and decide what to read next, straight from your book. Our new Vocabulary Builder automatically compiles words you look up in the dictionary into easy-to-use flashcards. And for parents, Kindle FreeTime offers a simple, engaging new way to encourage and reward kids’ reading.

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Update: The new Kindle Paperwhite is available for pre-order from for $139 and ships by October 10.