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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is skinny, light, and shines bright (pictures)

Amazon's updated Kindle Paperwhite has an improved backlit display with higher contrast, letting you read comfortably long into the night.

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Andrew is CNET's go-to guy for product coverage and lead photographer for Europe. When not testing the latest phones, he can normally be found with his camera in hand, behind his drums or eating his stash of home-cooked food. Sometimes all at once.
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The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is lighter than its predecessor and has a higher-contrast display. It starts at $119 for the Wi-Fi only, ad-supported version, or pay an extra $20 for no ads.
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Its matte black back looks neat, but picks up fingerprints very easily.
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It of course has full access to Amazon's extensive e-book library.
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It's skinny and weighs only 206g -- a great choice for chucking in your carry-on luggage.
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There are no physical buttons on the bottom -- the Paperwhite is entirely touch-screen-based.
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As expected, there are a host of cases available for you to wrap it up in.
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Go plain, or go for something a bit fancier.
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Or find something more sensible if you don't like the pizzazz.

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