When compared to the new version of the basic Kindle, the Paperwhite doesn't stand out the way it used to. But while the two devices now have the same display, the Paperwhite still has some advantages. For one, it feels more premium and durable in the hand. Additionally, the Paperwhite is waterproof and has a more adjustable lighting scheme. That said, the Paperwhite is currently on sale for less than $100 -- which would make it a great buy for anyone who reads a lot outdoors or anyone just looking for a step up from the base model.
There's also a more premium version of the Paperwhite -- the Paperwhite Signature Edition -- which adds wireless charging and additional storage -- 32GB instead of 8GB -- as well as an auto-adjusting light sensor for $140. This is $50 less than its original retail price. There's also a Kindle Paperwhite for kids, which usually retails for $170, but is now available for $110.