Kindle Paperwhite Canada: review, price, audio, buy, 2020

Kindle Paperwhite Canada

Updated: January 20, 2020

The latest release of Kindle Paperwhite is available in Canada for Canadian customers from November 2018.

Kindle Paperwhite Canada comes with a 6-inch plastic E-ink screen that is shatter-resistant and scratch-resistant. It has the same sharp resolution of 300 PPI (pixels per inch) as a more expensive model Kindle Oasis.

The new Kindle Paperwhite is now waterproof. It is one of the cheapest waterproof e-book readers in Canada.

The major improvement of new Kindle Paperwhite, besides that it is now waterproof, like the more expensive model Kindle Oasis Canada, is that it is 10% thinner and lighter than the previous generation. Another difference is that now Kindle Paperwhite has a design with its back made of softer material (which has better grip) instead of raised bezel made of hard plastic.

Where to buy Kindle Paperwhite in Canada

Canadian customers can buy Kindle Paperwhite off the Canadian website Amazon. Canadian buyers can now pay for Kindle Paperwhite in Canadian dollars and with a Canadian credit card. Canadians will pay much less for shipping costs and they will get Kindle Paperwhite much faster since the shipping is now from the Canadian website Amazon.

There are no more customs fees since Kindle Paperwhite Canada is not crossing border anymore as was the case before when it was shipped from the USA.

Previously, the only way for Canadian customers to buy Kindle Paperwhite was to go on the American website Amazon. Now, Kindle is available in every province of Canada, from British Columbia and Alberta to Ontario and Quebec. Kindle could be shipped to Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and any other Canadian city for much less shipping costs than before. Amazon offers free shipping on Kindle to any address in Canada.

Kindle Paperwhite Price

The Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon’s mid-range e-reader, and its price is sitting above the price of the Kindle basic model and below the price of the top-end Kindle Oasis.

Kindle Paperwhite price depends on the size of storage space (8GB or32GB) and on kind of connectivity (WiFi only or cellular connectivity)

  • price for Kindle Paperwhite 8GB, Wi-Fi is 139.99 Canadian dollars
  • price for Kindle Paperwhite 32GB, Wi-Fi is 169.99 Canadian dollars
  • Price of Kindle Paperwhite 32 GB, Wi-Fi+Free cellular connectivity is 239.99 Canadian dollars (it comes only in the version with 32GB storage space)

The cost of Paperwhite 32GB is for $30 more than Paperwhite 8GB.

Buy Kindle Paperwhite


Kindle Paperwhite is the best balance of features and price in Amazon’s line of e-readers.

There are two models of Amazon Paperwhite in Canada:

  • Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi only
  • Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi+Free cellular connectivity


The main difference between these two Paperwhites is their connectivity. The Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi model can connect to the internet only through a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi wireless connection to download ebooks and magazines from Amazon and other sources. The Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi + Free cellular connectivity model can operate on the same 4G cellular network as cellphones in addition to Wi-Fi wireless connection. The Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi+Free cellular connectivity, unlike a cellphone, accrues no additional charges for 4G coverage. Amazon covers the 4G costs for Kindle Paperwhite users. The Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi+Free cellular connectivity version has a global wireless coverage of more than 100 countries and territories including Canada.

So, how do you decide whether you want to buy Kindle Paperwhite a Wi-Fi–only or the Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi+Free cellular connectivity? If you anticipate using your Paperwhites mostly at home and you have Wi-Fi wireless connection available at home — the Wi-Fi only Kindle Paper white is a good choice. However, if you do not have Wi-Fi wireless connection available at home, you travel regularly, or simply you wish to be able to download an e-book in less than a minute, anywhere and, any time – then it is better to buy Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi+Free cellular.

So, there is a price difference of 70 Canadian Dollars between these two models.

You can buy the Kindle Paperwhite bundle that, beside e-reader, includes leather cover and power adapter.

When you buy just Kindle Paperwhite (not bundle) it comes with Micro to USB cable. You can charge the battery on your Paperwhite by connecting this cable to a computer or laptop. You may wish to buy a power adapter for charging your Paperwhite when you are planning to travel without a laptop.

In Canada, Kindle Paperwhite is available only in graphite color. It may be a good idea to buy one of the colorful leather covers to protect your device from scratches and drops.

Kindle Paperwhite Review

There are several electronic book readers available on the market in Canada – main brands are Kindle, Kobo, and Nook. There are a few differences and it is up to you to figure out which one will work better with your lifestyle. Below is the short Kindle Paperwhite review which is currently (in 2020) available in Canada. (Kindle Paperwhite was initially introduced to Canada in 2013.)

Kindle e-reader has been the number 1 best-selling product on American Amazon for over 5 years. In addition, the Kindle e-reader has been the number 1 best-selling e-book reader on Canadian Amazon for a few years – in other words, Kindle e-reader pretty much rules the Canadian market. There are three different models of Kindle e-reader available in Canada: Kindle Paperwhite Canada, Kindle Oasis Canada, and Kindle basic model.

Kindle Paperwhite ereader has a 6″ E-ink touch screen that is easy on the eyes even in bright sunshine. E-ink display looks like real paper even in bright sunlight so you can use your Kindle Paperwhite for reading your favorite books on the beach or in the car. If you’re used to a Fire tablet and LCD display, an E-ink display can still be very slow. However, the new generation of Kindle Paperwhite is much quicker at displaying listings and menus, making it a less frustrating experience.

New Paperwhite comes with front light which consists of five LEDs (light-emitting diode) built into the device’s E-ink screen. E-ink screens with front light are much easier on the eyes than E-ink screens with backlight. Backlight LEDs shine a light toward your eyes while frontlight LEDs shine the light toward the screen and therefore cause much less eye strain and fatigue. The LEDs are always turned on and they only go off when you turn the device off. This front light illumination allows readers to use the Paperwhite in a number of ambient settings, from bright outdoor sunlight to complete darkness.

The Kindle Paperwhite has excellent battery life – up to six weeks based on half an hour reading per day. In other words, the battery can last for 400 to 600 pages depending on the front light settings. The battery on Kindle readers lasts much longer than the battery on tablets because Kindle readers use E-ink screens. E-ink screen uses battery when it turns pages while LCD screen on tablets requires constant power from the battery to keep the contents of the screen.

The Kindle Paperwhite integrates with Goodreads, Wikipedia and X-Ray search. It has a wide range of font sizes and styles.

Kindle Paperwhite comes with free 4G wireless connectivity – that means that you can download books, and magazines anytime and anywhere in more than 100 countries around the world. There are no monthly fees for downloads. You can download most of the books on your Kindle white in less than 60 seconds.

Kindle Paperwhite size is 6.6″ x 4.6″ x0.3″ (167 x 116 x 8.18 mm).

Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi weighs 6.4 oz (182 g) while Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi+Free cellular connectivity weighs 6.8 oz (191 g).

Kindle Paperwhite audio

New Kindle Paperwhite audio feature allows users to listen to audio books since it has built-in support for Audible. Listening to a book read by a professional actor can be a great pleasure.

Kindle Paperwhite comes with Bluetooth audio function so it is possible to pair Kindle Paperwhite with Bluetooth headphones or Bluetooth enabled speakers.

You can download audio books from Audible website. The Audible website has a huge selection of audiobooks. Audible is an Amazon company. Many of those books are Whispersync enabled. Whispersync feature on Kindle Paperwhite allows users to switch between reading the e-book and listening audio book at any time – it will remember the last location listened to in your audiobooks or read in an e-book. It is easy on Paperwhite to go back and forth between reading and listening.

You need to have both versions of the book in your library, e-book, and audiobook if you wish to switch between listening and reading. If you already have an e-book that supports Whispersync in the library of your Kindle Paperwhite then you can purchase the audio version at a discounted price.

Kindle Paperwhite does not play music – it plays only audiobooks.

Older generations of Kindle Paperwhite are not able to play audiobooks. In that case, in order to play audiobooks on e-reader users need to buy an audio adapter. This additional piece of hardware is sold separately and it is available on Amazon online store. You need to plug an audio adapter in the headphone jack in order to hear the sound and voice of the narrator. Only older generations of Kindle Paperwhite have an audio jack. Since the new Kindle Paperwhite comes with Bluetooth audio it is wirelessly connected to earphones.

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