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I used to read a lot of books. Physical books printed on paper and bound up. I love the feel of the spines, the cover designs, and even the musty smell used books have when you buy them from hole-in-the-wall book shops.

While I’ve tried to transition to reading e-books on my iPad 3 and iPhone, the experience just isn’t the same. I always end up distracted by Facebook, or Twitter, or some silly new game that everyone is addicted to. What I need is focus; a way to read without the distractions of today’s Internet-connected world.

In the world of multi-purpose Internet-connected devices, the Kindle (e-readers, not the Fire tablets) stands out as one of the few remaining devices with a single purpose: reading. Reading books, magazines, PDFs, whatever. It has none of the extra distractions. Does the Kindle Paperwhite still have a reason to exist now that phablets and tablets are commonplace? Let’s find out!

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Since I got into this whole technology writing business, I’ve had less and less time for reading books. I’ve been meaning to start reading and discovering new books, but it’s been hard. As a tech reporter, I have to carry around a lot of gear around town for assignments (camera, laptop, cables, etc.), which can get quite heavy on a daily basis. I have no room for a physical book, let alone one that’s over 500 pages long and weighs a small bundle.

It’s also part of my job description to be on top of the news. I do read a lot of online content using RSS apps such as Feedly on a MacBook Air. Throughout the day, I’ll alternate between reading news in Feedly, Pocket and Chrome on the Air, iPhone 5 and iPad 3.

Although I’m a voracious news junkie (I kind of have to be one!), I also try to read e-books every now and then on the iPad either through the Kindle app or through iBooks. Sometimes I’ll download a classic book that’s been put into public domain from Project Gutenberg, but that’s a rare case.

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