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Kindle Paperwhite: Great Gift For Avid Readers, Travelers Say Viewpoints Bloggers.

CHICAGO, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kindle Paperwhite eReader, with its patented built-in light, shines on many levels, according to  The Viewpoints Blogger Reviews Panel.  Viewpoints ( www.viewpoints.com), a leading consumer reviews and product rankings website, recruited the writers to review "the world's most advanced eReader" for Viewpoints and their own websites. The bloggers praised the Kindle Paperwhite's battery life, book selection, readability and design, while also noting drawbacks.

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Battery life  

Kathy Zucker is founder of  Metro Moms Network, based in Hoboken, New Jersey, hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy: "I didn't expect to conduct the majority of my testing under disaster conditions ... 1 week without power during Hurricane Sandy + extensive reading = 50% battery life. It outlasted all my other devices, even the ones with backup batteries."

After a month, none of the bloggers has yet re-charged the eReader, and for that reason, they highly recommend the Paperwhite for family vacations (it stores 1,100 books) or for any reader who travels regularly.  

Book selection

The bloggers were just as impressed by Amazon's book selection, with some titles free. Sheila Hill, who blogs about motherhood at Pieces of a Mom, found a title on the Paperwhite she couldn't find on her Nook. "Let's be honest. Nothing compares to the vast Amazon library. I was surprised at the number of children's books that were available."

Readability

The Paperwhite display reduces glare in direct sun and allows reading in total darkness.

"My husband is an "early to bed, early to rise" sorta guy; I'm a "night owl." I've always loved the ritual of reading a book before I fade out to dreamland, but I hated to turn on a light when the hubster was already sleeping. Enter Kindle Paperwhite, problem solved! Happy ritual restored!" says Jill Nystul of One Good Thing by Jillee, whose colorful site shares helpful, "how to" information.

In fact, all eight blogs give high marks to the Paperwhite's readability. Parenting expert Lian Dolan of the Chaos Chronicles notes, "... if you love to read on the run, in the carpool line while waiting, on the sidelines during kids' practice, this is a good little device."

Design

Another exclusive feature of the Kindle Paperwhite is "Whispersync," which synchronizes your last page location, bookmarks, and annotations across all your devices.

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