The best thing about the Kindle is its simplicity. It’s an e-book reader. That’s it. In this age of Swiss Army knife gadgets with multiple uses, it seems almost silly to have a device that does only one thing. But that is the Kindle’s delight. It lets you read books on its wonderful electronic (e-ink) screen, a beautiful black-and-white marvel that researchers have found is second only to actual paper for ease of reading. The Paperwhite, introduced in 2012, was the touch-screen model that has built-in lights, cleverly positioned around the edge of the screen. Unlike previous Kindle models, you could read at night without a light or clumsy add-on light. It was a significant upgrade. Released last year, the fourth-generation Paperwhite — the 10th-generation Kindle overall — has a noteworthy attribute: it’s waterproof. It’s taken a while for this feature to become standard on Kindles — it first appeared on the higher-end Oasis model in 2017 — but it’s a worthwhile addition, especially ...

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