Amazon Debuts a Kindle for Manga in Japan

Shaunacy Ferro
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Reading graphic novels on an e-reader is about to become a lot easier. In Japan, Amazon is launching a new, limited edition “cartoon” Kindle Paperwhite designed specifically for manga readers, Ars Technica reports.

The beautiful thing about Kindle e-readers is that they're specifically designed to mimic the experience of reading on paper, but the same quality that makes them great for reading text on screen makes them less than perfect for enjoying the integral images found in graphic novels. (An iPad, for example, better serves the medium in digital form.) The cartoon-optimized Kindle may at least make the experience more bearable. It has eight times the storage capacity (32 GB), so it can hold hundreds of image-heavy books, and can turn pages 33 percent faster. The device can also display two-page spreads, unlike other Kindles, so you can look at pages side-by-side.

The new Kindle Paperwhite costs 16,280 yen, or around $157, and is only available from Amazon’s Japanese site. No word on when it might be available for comics lovers in other regions just yet.

[h/t Ars Technica]

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