Most Amazon Kindle eReaders have 4GB of built-in storage, which is plenty of space if you spend most of your time reading books without a lot of pictures. You may be able to squeeze thousands of books onto a Kindle… which is more books than many people will probably read in a lifetime.

Things get a little trickier if you want to use a Kindle to read picture books, graphic novels, or manga though… because pictures take up a lot more storage space than text.

So Amazon has launched a new Kindle Paperwhite with 32GB of storage. It’s available exclusively in Japan (at least for now)… and that makes sense, because manga is big business in that country.

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Manga are basically Japanese comics which are often compiled in black and white trade paperbacks. Since there’s already a tradition of reading these comics without full color, they’re a good fit for devices like a Kindle eReader with a grayscale screen.

Except they’re not really a good fit if you want to store hundreds of books on a device with just 4GB of RAM.

Enter the new 32GB model.

It sells for ¥ 16,280 (about $156), making the 32GB Kindle Paperwhite manga model just a little pricier than a version with eight times less storage, which is priced at ¥ 14,280 ($137).

Amazon says this manga-friendly model can hold about 700 manga books, (or a much larger number of text-based eBooks). There’s also a “fast page turn” feature for flipping pages in comics about 33 percent faster, along with a “continuous page turn” option for long-pressing the screen to skip through pages quickly — something you’re probably more likely to do when reading graphic novels than text-heavy content.

Update: The new speedier page turning and continuous page turn options are coming to all recent Kindle devices through a software update. 

Other than the additional storage space, the Kindle Paperwhite manga model is pretty much the same as its cheaper sibling. Both have 6 inch, 300 ppi touch displays, 4 LED lights for illuminating the screen, and batteries that should be good for several weeks of use if you read about 30 minutes a day.

 

via The Verge

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