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New Kindle offers light reading

Nice e-book reader you’ve got there, Barnes & Noble. It would be a shame if something were to happen to it. And something just did.

Since its debut in April, Barnes & Noble Inc.’s Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight has been my favorite pure e-reader, thanks to a feature that illuminated the screen, so you could read in a darkened room. But the leading maker of e-readers, Amazon.com, was working on a similar device. The result, the new Kindle Paperwhite, is now number one. With a starting price of $119, it’s thinner and simpler than the Nook, with a superior lighting system.

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