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.


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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