Until now, the Kindle Paperwhite had three mortal enemies: water, airplane seatback pockets (just me that keeps leaving them on planes?) and book snobs. While there's no hope for the latter, one of those issues isn't long for this world, as this year's model is now waterproof. For lovers of audiobooks, there's more good news: Amazon added Bluetooth so you can listen on the go. Owners of older Kindles may remember there used to be a headphone jack; this is 2018, though, so forget about that and embrace the future. This at least means the Paperwhite is no longer the odd one out when it comes to an audio option. (The base Kindle and Oasis both already have Bluetooth.)
Kindle Paperwhite (2018)
Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has long been the go-to e-reader, and for good reason. It provides an enjoyable reading experience with enough premium features to keep most literary lovers happy. Now, with the addition of Bluetooth/Audible and waterproofing, it’s even more useful and durable than before. Skip the base model and go straight to this one.
For the most part, the new Paperwhite ($129 with "Special Offers") will feel aesthetically and functionally familiar to anyone who's owned a previous model, or any recent Kindle for that matter. But that's not a bad thing: For those looking to switch from dead trees, the Paperwhite's always been an easy recommendation.
In the Kindle range, the Paperwhite sits in the Goldilocks zone. It almost goes toe-to-toe with the $250 Oasis on features (just with a slightly smaller display), making it well worth the extra bucks over the base Kindle ($80), which lacks waterproofing and has a lower-resolution display with no backlighting.