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At a surface level, it’s a little hard to understand why anyone would want to buy the new Kindle Paperwhite, the latest e-reader from Amazon. 

The design doesn’t look all that different from previous models — although this one is thinner, lighter, and waterproof —  and there are so many easier and more convenient ways to read electronically these days, most notably using the Kindle app for your smartphone.

In 2018, is there really a need for an extra piece of hardware just for reading? Especially one that costs $130? 

Somehow, the answer is yes. 

Hear me out.