Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (10th Gen)

Last updated date: June 14, 2021

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9.1

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (10th Gen)

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We looked at the top E-Readers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best E-Reader you should buy.

Update as June 14, 2021:
Checkout The Best E-Reader for a detailed review of all the top e-readers.

Overall Take

Our top choice for e-readers has a crisp screen and easy touchscreen controls. It's soft on the eyes as you're reading and offers a great slim profile. Its waterproof casing and Audible compatibility offer extra value, too.


In our analysis of 95 expert reviews, the Amazon Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader placed 1st when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Our thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet, with a sleek, modern design so you can read comfortably for hours. Features our signature 300 ppi, glare-free Paperwhite display, laser-quality text, and twice the storage of the previous generation. Plus a single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.3
13 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.5
4,117 user reviews

What experts liked

Excellent screen qualit and easy to use.
- BestReviews
When you’re reading, you can easily turn a page with a tap or a swipe. The screen is evenly lit across its entire surface, and the text is incredibly crisp.
- New York Times Wirecutter
November 19, 2018 | Full review
The screen itself packs the same 300 pixels per inch resolution as the previous Paperwhite, and it remains fantastically sharp and readable. Text is crisp at any size, and since its an E Ink display – as opposed to LCD – it’s softer on the eyes, too. I struggle to read text on the screen of an iPad for any length of time, but this isn’t a problem here.
- Trusted Reviews
November 16, 2018 | Full review
A big upgrade over the original Paperwhite, and one of a few features inherited from the top-end Oasis, is the fact the Kindle Paperwhite (2018) now comes with a waterproof design.
- Tech Radar
November 7, 2018 | Full review
This new Paperwhite is waterproof, up to two meters for 60 minutes.Now that Kindles are waterproofed, there’s no turning back. Pool lovers and bathtub readers will greatly appreciate this addition to the Paperwhite.
- Wired
November 7, 2018 | Full review
10 percent slimmer, lighter and more durable with full waterproofing.
- CNET
The biggest new feature of the 2018 Kindle Paperwhite is its waterproof design, which earned an IPX8 rating. That's up to 60 minutes of submergence in 2 meters of water. You don't need to worry about it falling into your bath, the pool or even the ocean at a beach
- Tom's Guide
December 10, 2018 | Full review
New this year is water resistance to 2 metres for up to 60 minutes, which means trips to the beach or poolside are less fraught with danger.
- The Guardian
December 6, 2018 | Full review
A major addition to this year’s Paperwhite is an iPX8 rating, allowing you to use it in the tub or at the pool. It should protect the ebook reader in up to two meters of water for 60 minutes. It’s a nice addition that makes the Paperwhite more versatile in a variety of reading conditions.
- Digital Trends
Amazon says that the new Paperwhite is IPX8 rated against “accidental immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.”
- The Verge
November 7, 2018 | Full review
The new, slimmer design, less than a third of an inch thick, and the lightness, really stand out.
- Forbes
November 7, 2018 | Full review
Obviously, it means you can listen to audiobooks from Audible, even if I'd argue the Audible app for your phone is easier for most situations.
- Engadget
November 13, 2018 | Full review
The screen is now made of glass and flush with the body, which feels more premium.
- The Next Web

What experts didn't like

Some type of files may need to be converted.
- BestReviews
More annoying is the lack of any page-turning buttons. The Paperwhite has always been a purely touchscreen device, and if you want that physical response to moving from page to page then you’ll have to pay more for the Kindle Oasis.
- Trusted Reviews
November 16, 2018 | Full review
It doesn't feel as premium as the Oasis - mostly as it has a plastic rear
- Tech Radar
November 7, 2018 | Full review
Despite updated processor, Paperwhite feels sluggish when it comes to doing anything other than page turning.
- Wired
November 7, 2018 | Full review
A little more expensive than the previous model. The ad-free version costs $20 more.
- CNET
Annoyingly, Amazon doesn't include a USB power adapter.
- Tom's Guide
December 10, 2018 | Full review
The swiping gestures are slightly easier now that there’s no lip to the display, but page turn buttons are better for one-handed reading – you’ll need to spend another £110 for the Kindle Oasis for those on an Amazon e-reader.
- The Guardian
December 6, 2018 | Full review
We’re more disappointed at the lack of a blue-light filter, or any kind of option to adjust color temperature on the Paperwhite.
- Digital Trends
And while it’s not really a surprise given the rest of Amazon’s lineup, the new Paperwhite charges by Micro USB instead of USB-C — particularly disappointing considering that it’ll likely be another three years before Amazon updates the Paperwhite again.
- The Verge
November 7, 2018 | Full review
The power button is on the bottom edge of the tablet, which I sometimes worry that I might inadvertently press on it while reading.
- Forbes
November 7, 2018 | Full review
The base Kindle now comes in at 167 PPI, but unless what you're reading has lots of images and graphics, slightly blockier text isn't an egregious experience, at least in my opinion.
- Engadget
November 13, 2018 | Full review
This isn’t new to the 2018 Paperwhite, but I really wish you could disable turning pages with a tap. You can disable the touchscreen and turn pages with a swipe, but this blocks all other features.
- The Next Web

Our Expert Consultant

Molly Thornberg   
Technology and parenting blogger

Molly Thornberg is a professional writer, creative and mom to four kids, living her best life outside of Dallas, Texas. With a love for all things tech, she is passionate about helping parents raise kids in the digital age. She writes about technology, parenting and humor on her blog Digital Mom Blog.

An Overview On E-Readers

E-readers have changed the way people consume books, magazines and articles. Instead of choosing between one or two physical books to bring with you on vacation, you can bring hundreds of options along in one sleek device. E-books tend to be cheaper than paperbacks, so it’s less expensive to expand your mind and check out new authors and titles. They’re also environmentally friendly; downloading e-books instead of buying hardcover books saves plenty of paper and cardboard.

The popularity of e-readers has spawned a large industry of digital reading devices, and finding the right one for your needs requires some research. One of the first questions you’ll want to ask yourself is how you plan to use your e-reader, and whether you might benefit from purchasing a tablet that can double as your e-reader, says technology expert Molly Thornberg, a parenting and tech blogger.

“Basic e-readers allow just reading. These are great for focused reading, and for kids,” says Thornberg, the brains behind the Digital Mom Blog. “More advanced e-readers are typically tablets offering more options like web browsing and a music player.”

Understanding the technology behind e-readers can also help you make your decision. E-readers take e-book files and make them accessible to readers by storing them on a small computer. Their optimized portability, readability and battery life make them great literary companions. Many models today are designed for easy reading in sunlight.

Staring at a computer screen to catch up on your reading list might sound like a headache, but e-reader technology reduces eye strain. Large screens, backlights and adjustable fonts and text sizes all make ebooks easier to read than ever.

Before you buy, you’ll want to consider whether you prefer an e-reader experience that closely mirrors the one you’d have with a regular book, or whether you’re up for a more lively display.

“E-readers offer either e-ink (electronic ink) or LCD display,” says Thornberg.  “E-ink offers an electronic paper-like display. LCD screen displays offer color and typically more touchscreen capabilities. Some devices offer both.”

Older e-readers needed to be charged regularly, but newer models have extended battery lives for more reading freedom. The Kindle Oasis can go weeks without a charge, so you won’t have to go hunting for power outlets at stops on your next road trip.

If audiobooks are more your speed, you can still listen to them on some e-readers. The Kindle Oasis and Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite are compatible with Audible, a massive library of audiobooks and original content.

You don’t need to worry about squinting to make out the words on your e-reader’s screen, either. The Pixels Per Inch (or PPI) of modern e-readers eclipses their predecessors.

Thornberg says you’ll also want to consider what e-book stores and libraries your new e-reader will have access to as well.

The E-Reader Buying Guide

  • Will you be traveling a lot with your e-reader? If you regularly jet set for work or play, you’ll want an ultra-portable e-reader that fits easily in a carry-on bag. 
  • How frequently do you plan on using your e-reader? All four of our top picks have improved battery life over their predecessors. They can go for “weeks” without a charge, but that’s dependent on how frequently you use them. Give your e-reader’s battery life a test run at home before you take it on any long trips.
  • E-readers can download books via WiFi or over your cellular network. Downloading over your home WiFi network will save you some cash, but you’ll be out of luck if you want to check out a new title on the go. Using a cellular network is convenient, but the data charges might drive up your cellular bill. Talk to your network provider before you dive into this option, and make sure you budget accordingly for your bookworm habit.
  • How many e-books, audiobooks and graphic novels do you plan on reading? You’ll need more memory if you want an extensive collection. The Kindle Oasis comes in 8 GB or 32 GB versions, while the Kobo Clara HD 6-Inch Touchscreen E-Reader comes with 8 GB of built-in memory.
  • What type of controls are you most comfortable with? Touchscreen controls are effortless. However, some older e-readers still use buttons to help you scroll through pages.