Amazon Kindle sale UK: Paperwhite e-reader gets a big price cut

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It’s famously difficult to put a good book down, but now might be a great time to pick up a new Kindle, as Amazon slashes £40 off the price of its popular Paperwhite e-reader.

Currently selling for £79.99, down from £119.99, this feature packed 'With Ads' edition doesn’t just offer a 6-inch high resolution screen but it’s waterproof too.

An IPX8 rating means you can safely read in the bath, or take it on holiday for use around the pool, or on the beach. I’m reliably informed it’ll survive an hour in 2m of water, and 3 minutes in seawater. Not that I intend to put this to the test, but good to know.

Buy it: Kindle Paperwhite 8GB | £79.99 was Amazon (was £119.99)

The Paperwhite also boasts twice the storage of its predecessor, at 8GB. If you feel you need maximise storage (because you really need the collected works of J. K. Rowling, J.R..R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin, to name just a few, at your fingertips), there’s a 32GB edition, priced at £94.99, currently down from £149.99.

A quick word about the With Ads option: this means Amazon will push sponsored screensavers (also known as ads) to the Paperwhite’s lock screen and while it’s in sleep mode.

If you’re new to Kindle, you’ll soon build up an e-book library. The Paperwhite screen is remarkably paper-like, with pin sharp 300 ppi resolution, making it easy to read. Unile an actual book, you can also adjust the font size for the most comfortable reading experience.

Of course, Kindle isn’t just for breezing through those latest Book Club recommendations, you can also pair it to wireless headphones over Bluetooth and listen to audiobooks from Audible. And naturally the Paperwhite has a built-in adjustable light, so you can read it after dark without firing up the floodlights.

Just as well it has an indefatigable battery. Fully charged, it should run weeks, not days.

What the reviews say

Amazon buyers rate the Kindle Paperwhite 4.7 out of 5, and enthuse about the quality of the screen and its lightness.

And did we mention it would make a great Christmas gift for the bookworm in your life?

Buy it: Kindle Paperwhite 32 GB | £94.99 from Amazon (was £149.99)

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