According to a report on TechCrunch, Amazon is putting the finishing touches on a brand new version of the front-lit Kindle Paperwhite for a spring 2014 release.
The report states that the biggest improvement will be a jump to a 300 ppi display, which far exceeds the original Paperwhite’s (212 ppi), as well as those of competitors who have since released new eReaders. There’s also a possibility that the new model will be lighter and have a matte glass screen without raised bezels. Instead of clickable side buttons, there’s also talk of having the entire sides of the device be ‘buttons’ that you can squeeze to move forward or back through your book.
As for the reader experience, you can expect a wider array of fonts and a new light sensor that automatically dims or intensifies the Paperwhite’s front lighting, good for if you’re outside reading as it approaches sunset.
Sounds so far like a worthy successor to Amazon’s immensely successful line of eReaders. Keep your eyes open after the new year begins for more news about the new Kindle, including confirmation, pricing, and availability.