How the Kindle Paperwhite Actually Works

By Sam Gibbs on at

OK, so the only thing that matters about the new Kindle Paperwhite, which Amazon seems to think we don't want in the UK, is that awesome front-lit screen. Apparently it’s "basically an optical fibre that's been flattened," which creates that even white-lit screen.

We've seen other frontlit ereaders before, and they've been pretty good too, but the Paperwhite is a step above. It seems that it wasn't an easy development, though, because it took Amazon eight years to do. OK, so the video might play a bit like a glorified ad, but it's really interesting to see how the engineers went about trying to eliminate the screen glare and even lighting issues. While I reckon the future of reading isn't solely with e-ink, we're definitely making some decent progress to the PADD-equipped future we've been promised for ages.

Let's hope this kind of awesome screen lighting tech doesn't stop with just the Kindle, because almost anything other than a light-emitting screen could benefit from this. Imagine light-up paintings, or photo frames that illuminated your snaps without having to resort to those crummy digital photo frames -- you do still actually print your photos, right? [YouTube]