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Amazon announces Kindle Paperwhite

<i>This post has been corrected. See the note below.</i>

Amazon has announced a new device called the Kindle Paperwhite, which is front-lit and has a higher resolution than the company’s previous e-readers.

The Seattle online retailer said its newest Kindle is thinner than a magazine at 9.1 millimeters and weighs 7.5 ounces.

The Kindle Paperwhite also has a long-lasting battery, with Amazon saying the device can stay on for up to eight weeks even if its front light is powered on.

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The new device will be available for $119 for the Wi-Fi version and it will begin shipping Oct. 1, the company said at a news event Thursday morning in Santa Monica.

Amazon also said a 3G version of the Kindle Paperwhite will be available for $179.

The company also announced it dropped the price of its $79 Kindle by $10.

[Updated, 12:27 p.m., June 6: The Kindle Paperwhite is front-lit. Initially, this post said the device was back-lit.]

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