I do a lot of reading in my retirement and this is my second paperwhite Kindle. I didn't think the difference would be noticeable but this Kindle is an amazing step up from the previous model. The text on the screen is very sharp and easy on the eye. The backlighting is so good that it is not even noticeable and the feel of the device in the hand extremely comfortable. I love that the frame is flush with the screen it makes the touch screen page turning even more simpler than before.