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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Display / readability No comments great!
  • Battery life No comments great!
  • Store and selection of titles No comments great!
  • Ease of use No comments great!
  • Document support Lacks ePub. so-so
  • Storage capacity They dropped from 4GB (my older Kindle Keyboard) to 2 GB, although it's not really an issue as 2 GB still fits boatloads of books. good
  • Durability No comments great!
  • Design and form factor No comments great!
  • Portability (size / weight) No comments great!
Detailed review
What can I say - ever since the Nook Glowlight came out, I've been yearning for Amazon to put out a front-lit screen on their Kindle so I could replace my Kindle Keyboard (that I have loved and still love) with something I can read in bed with without clunky clip-on lights etc that are always too bright for the room anyway. Well, they knocked it out of the park. The new display is great, whole device feels great in hand, and their ecosystem for books is incredible. With Kindle lending, library book lending, and Prime books, there are tons of free books to be had. The new case is a great design upgrade too.

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Regarding lack of ePub support. You can easily convert ePub to mobi using KindleGen.