New Kindle Paperwhite later this month, Amazon lets slip

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is getting a successor later this month, the company has accidentally revealed.

Update: And it's official! You can pre-order the new Kindle Paperwhite now, for when it's released on 9 October. The Wi-Fi-only version will set you back £109, and the 3G and Wi-Fi model £169. Original story follows.

There's a new Kindle Paperwhite coming later this month, a leak says. And the source of the leak? Amazon itself. Doh!

The page for the next Kindle Paperwhite only went live briefly, so you won't find it on the Amazon site now. But luckily Engadget was quick enough to snap it. It's a minor upgrade to the device, with a better display with higher contrast, improved lighting, and more responsive touch input, meaning faster page turns - though the current model isn't exactly sluggish. In other news, Amazon has announced a scheme to make e-book versions of your print books much cheaper, too. Busy day.

Other new features for the Paperwhite include the ability to tell your friends what you're reading, share highlights, and rate what you've read. This is all possible since Amazon bought Goodreads back in March. And Kindle FreeTime is for the nippers -- it tracks where they are in a book, and rewards them with achievements when they finish.

The device is due 30 September, though it's not clear whether that's for the UK too. Amazon has a habit of launching devices here later, as with the original Kindle Fire tablet, so we'll have to wait and see. The price is expected to be the same as the current Paperwhite -- that's £169.

Amazon has also announced Kindle MatchBook, which makes e-books for your Kindle far cheaper if you already own the print copy. Some e-books will be free, or you'll pay $2.99, $1.99, or $0.99 when it launches in October. (I'd expect those prices to translate directly to pounds sterling in the UK.) It applies to books from years ago, so if you bought a paperback from Amazon in the 1990s, you can nab the digital version for next to nothing.

It's similar to Amazon's AutoRip program , which detects which CDs you've bought, and lets you access the MP3s from the cloud. Very nifty.

And if that's not enough, Amazon has gone and launched a home automation store, in the US at least. (But what Amazon tries first in the US usually reaches us eventually.) Want to set up a home cinema, so you can close the curtains and lower the projector screen with one button? This is the place to be.

Are you excited by the new Kindle Paperwhite? Should digital versions of books be free once you've coughed up for the print copy? Let me know in the comments, or lick your thumb and leaf over to our Facebook page.

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    Joe has been writing about consumer tech for nearly seven years now, but his liking for all things shiny goes back to the Gameboy he received aged eight (and that he still plays on at family gatherings, much to the annoyance of his parents). His pride and joy is an Infocus projector, whose 80-inch picture elevates movie nights to a whole new level.


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