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    The New Kindle Paperwhite Is Waterproof, And I'm Bringing It On Vacation

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    Today's the day! Amazon just released their brand new 2018 Kindle Paperwhite (129.99+), and it's the lightest, thinnest version yet — oh, and it's also WATERPROOF.


    If you're not already a fan of Amazon's Kindles (or e-readers in general), you should be. Why?

    * You get books INSTANTLY. No going to the bookstore, library, or waiting two-plus days for them to be delivered to your house.

    * You can read in the dark without disturbing your bed partner thanks to the built-in lights. No reading lamp required!

    * It stores tons of books — no storage space required. Got too many books already? You can store thousands on this lil' bb.

    * Bring it with your wherever you go — they're so much lighter (and easier to hold with one hand) than a thicc paperback.

    And like other Kindles, this new Paperwhite has the same great features. You can highlight passages you love for future reference, look up the meaning of words you don't know (even in airplane mode!), or use the Wikipedia look-up to understand references and allusions without leaving the page.

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    So why is this *new version* so special?

    It's the thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite Amazon has made yet — it has a flush-front design (aka it feels totally flat), a glare-free screen that looks like actual paper, and at minimum TWICE the storage of the regular Kindle.


    You can get it with 8 GB (enough to hold thousands and thousands of books) or 32 GB (if you want to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks).

    That's a whole Beast's library–size collection of books — but way, way, way, way more portable. Because it weighs UNDER SEVEN OUNCES!


    And it's only 8.18 millimeters thick, so you can easily pop it in your pocket or a small crossbody bag.

    Did I mention it's *WATERPROOF*?!

    This baby is ~IPX8 rated~ to protect against accidental immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.

    Poolside vacations? Getting your beach read on in the sand? You can totally relax and enjoy.

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    Reading in the bath? ~Soak up~ your book and a glass of wine without stressing about accidental drops.

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    Waterproof also means it also can't be harmed by the large quantity of tears you shed after finishing A Little Life.*


    *Not at all inspired by personal experience. Not at all.

    Btw, are you looking for your next tearjerker? Check out our list of 51 Books That Will 100% Make You Cry.

    The battery life lasts for weeks and weeks, so you can bring oodles of books on vacation without taking up suitcase space or bringing an extra charger you'd definitely forget.


    ^Basically a Kindle is the non-magical version of this.^

    If you have the light set to 13 (which is super bright IMO), the battery'll last for six weeks if you read a half hour per day.

    Plus, Kindle editions are cheaper (Amazon has tons of options under $2.99), and you can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited (aka unlimited access to over *one million* titles) for $9.99 per month.

    You can also borrow books from your local library and have them delivered right to your Kindle — you don't even have to leave your bed!

    ^When I learned that you could do this, it changed everything for me.^

    And now you can pair this Kindle with Bluetooth speakers or headphones and listen to your favorite audiobooks with Audible.

    TBH, now I'm thinking about whether I should try to smash my old Kindle Paperwhite so I have an excuse to get this new one.


    But seriously, don't do that. You can get an Amazon gift card and 25% OFF YOUR NEW KINDLE if you trade in your old device!


    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.


    You can also customize it at an extra cost: upgrade the storage options (from 8 to 32 GB) for $30, remove special options (aka no Amazon adds when asleep) for $20), and add free cellular connectivity anywhere in the U.S (rather than just connecting to WiFi) for $70.

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