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.
SEE ALSO: Google's new $150 Home Hub does a lot of things you probably don't need it to — but it has one feature that automatically makes the price tag worth it Take a look at the new Kindle Paperwhite. Not very exciting, right? This newest Kindle Paperwhite looks almost exactly like the first one, which came out in 2012. There were updates to the Paperwhite that came out in 2013 and 2015, and those looked about the same, too. That's a 6-year-old design — can you imagine if the iPhone still looked like it did in 2012?
When I turned on my Kindle before going to bed last night my heart sank when I saw the screen wouldn’t redraw properly and that my screen was probably broken. Yesterday my Kindle was involved in an unfortunate accident.
The Paperwhite has thick bezels, or outer edges, that surround a 6-inch E Ink display. It's 8.18 mm thick and weighs 182 grams, which Amazon describes as being less than half the weight of most paperback books. I can confirm: it's thin and light, even when it's inside the premium-feeling leather case Amazon sells to go with it. At first, it was difficult for me to understand why the Paperwhite's design was so uninspired, and so similar to every Paperwhite that came before it.
In an era when tech companies are trying to out-do each other with innovative, stand-out design, why was the Paperwhite so dated? And then I realized that the answer is two-fold.
On one hand, Amazon has zero reason to change the design. Who is it competing with?
The Kindle has single-handedly dominated the e-reader market. On the other hand, even if Amazon did have competition, would it really be a good thing to change the design? Shrinking the bezels down to look like a modern smartphone or tablet would make it harder to use.
What would people hold on to if the device was all screen? This is a prime example of a company realizing that if it's not broken, don't fix it. There are two new features that are worth noting: the Paperwhite is now waterproof, and it has more storage. Amazon made two key changes to the Paperwhite that do bring it to the present: it's waterproof, and it has more storage. The waterproofing opens up way more possibilities for the device. Amazon says your Kindle will survive up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.
Now, you can read in the bathtub or poolside without worrying about your Kindle. You can carry it around when it's raining without being nervous that it's going to get drenched and ruined. It's not a life-changing feature by any means, but it's one less thing to worry about. The other change is on-device storage, which Amazon increased by a lot on the new Paperwhite. You can now buy the device with 8 GB of storage or 32 GB of storage.
The latter should be more than enough space for all your ebooks (for comparison's sake, these are the same storage options as Amazon's high-end Kindle Oasis, which costs almost twice as much). But the major selling point of the Kindle Paperwhite really comes down to two things. One is battery life. Amazon hasn't given an exact number for how long the battery lasts on the new Paperwhite, but says it's measured 'in weeks, not days.' In my use of the device, that's correct — I've been using it for 10 days, and the battery is only down to 57%.
Battery life is one of the key reasons to consider the Paperwhite over reading on an iPad or just using your phone, because you'll rarely have to think about charging this thing. In an era when most of us have two or three devices that need to be charged every day, it's refreshing to have something you can toss in your bag or leave on your nightstand that's ready and waiting anytime you want to use it. See the rest of the story at Business Insider.
Sky News has learnt that the US-based entertainment giant has struck an agreement with The Roald Dahl Story Company, which manages the copyrights and trademarks of the writer behind George's Marvellous Medicine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Twits. The alliance, which could be announced as soon as Tuesday, is expected to represent one of Netflix's most significant children's programming deals to date. Sources said on Tuesday that the deal would involve the creation of a substantial volume of original animated content based on some of the late Mr Dahl's books under the Netflix banner. Image: A family photograph of the children's author Roald Dahl, with his family Both the value and further details of the deal, including how many of Mr Dahl's titles would be included, were unclear.
Earlier this month, Netflix announced a slate of new family-oriented titles as part of a growing push into children's programming. 'We know that there is no one type of family. We embrace all kinds of creators so we can tell unique and diverse stories that resonate with each and every Netflix family,' Melissa Cobb, Netflix's vice-president of kids and family said at the time of that announcement. 'With our slate of global original animated feature films and series, we want to give families more moments to share the laughter, wonder and connection that comes from being immersed in a great story.' Force leaders to debate on TV More than 90,000 people have signed the petition – have you?
The announcement of its partnership with The Roald Dahl Story Company comes at a time when the children's author has again been linked with allegations of anti-Semitism, views which reportedly led the Royal Mint to decline the opportunity to honour him with a commemorative coin in 2016, the centenary of his birth. Mr Dahl's titles, which also include Boy and Fantastic Mr Fox, have been translated into dozens of languages and are estimated to have sold more than 200m copies worldwide. Some of his books have been turned into major films, some – including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – on several separate occasions. The author's appeal to a global platform such as Netflix is unsurprising. Netflix has become one of the world's largest internet entertainment services, now boasting more than 130m subscribers in over 190 countries globally.
The Netflix archive contains more than 140 hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Netflix, whose shows include hits such as Black Mirror, House of Cards and Stranger Things, recently raised $2bn (£1.6bn) through a bond issue to fund continued content acquisitions. Reed Hastings, Netflix's chief executive, is scheduled to be in the UK this week, has become one of the most powerful figures in the global entertainment industry. The company, which is one of the so-called FAANG technology stocks buffeted by stock market turbulence in recent weeks, had a market value on the Nasdaq exchange of just over $114bn during Tuesday's trading session in New York. Nestle executive Ian Rayson told MPs that it was stockpiling products in the UK and on the continent in case it faces a cliff-edge divorce next March. But he told the business select committee that the ability to build up stock was limited by factory capacity and storage space as well as the fact some ingredients have a limited shelf life.
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Ian Wright, the chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation, told the same hearing that warehouses around the UK for frozen and chilled food were 'for all practical purposes booked out at the moment'. Image: Nestle's products include KitKat Companies are worried about a chaotic no-deal scenario that they fear could mean border delays, slowing delivery times that currently rely on frictionless trade. Swiss-owned food and drinks giant Nestle became the latest to set out contingency plans on the same day retailers Pets at Home and Topps Tiles said how they were planning to cope. It comes as research sets out the likely hit to the economy as a result of Theresa May's Brexit agreement – with a worse outcome expected if there is no deal. Force leaders to debate on TV More than 90,000 people have signed the petition – have you?
Mr Rayson, Nestle UK's communications director, told MPs the withdrawal agreement was welcome as it provided more clarity for businesses in the run-up to Brexit, though it was 'less clear what the end of that journey is'. He said Nestle had been stock building products that the company needs to import in the UK while in Europe the company had been stock building products it expected to import from the UK. 'We are stock building at both ends, but these are only for periods of weeks,' he said. Nestle, which employs 7,500 people in the UK, did not reveal which products it was stockpiling, or in what quantity. It makes products in this country for export including KitKat and Nescafe Dolce Gusto.
It imports brands including Maggi and Sanpellegrino from the continent. Mr Rayson said: 'You can prepare almost in crisis management terms for a no-deal exit and you can do certain things around that but you cannot mitigate the risks of no-deal Brexit. 'The consequences of it would be very severe and should be avoided and that's the honest truth.' The comments came as Pets at Home chief executive Peter Pritchard said on Tuesday the company had already imported goods worth a 'couple of million pounds' as part of no-deal contingency plans. He said 17% of its goods come from outside the UK. Mr Pritchard said: 'We don't want families to run out of food for their pets.' Meanwhile tile specialist Topps Tiles revealed it was building up stocks ahead of March.
It said Brexit could result in 'disruption to the flow of imported goods resulting in supply issues, a reduction in consumer confidence resulting in lower sales and a reduced labour pool resulting in staffing issues'. More from Business. Netflix's marvellous medicine as media giant unveils Roald Dahl deal. Thomas Cook fresh profit warning after tough year. Co-op Bank hires CYBG exec in bid for chunk of SME fund.
Vet practices face axe under Pets at Home shake-up. Online retailer Missguided claims its inspectors were chased out of factory. Uber fined £900,000 over customer hack failings Last week, catering giant Compass said it could change menus and use alternative ingredients in the event of a no-deal divorce. Previously, engine maker Rolls-Royce and Mr Kipling maker Premier Foods have revealed stockpiling contingency plans. Sky News understands that the lender, which is in a turnaround phase after being bailed out by a group of American hedge funds last year, will announce on Wednesday the appointment of Donald Kerr as managing director for SME banking, a new role.
The arrival of Mr Kerr, who has run SME banking at the owner of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks for the last two years, will send a signal about his new employer's efforts to grow its presence in Britain's business banking market. The company, which was previously owned by the Co-op Group but changed hands when it ran into financial trouble five years ago, counts roughly 90,000 SMEs, 700 co-operatives, 5,000 charities, and 279 credit unions among its customers. Now under the leadership of former Lloyds Banking Group executive Andrew Bester, the Co-operative Bank said recently that it would apply for parts of the fund being created by Royal Bank of Scotland as one of the remedies for its taxpayer rescue in 2008. Mr Bester said at the time: 'The Co-operative Bank has a heritage in providing banking services to small and medium sized businesses and we are recognised for our strong service culture.
'We want to build on that moving forward using the strength of our brand and distinct ethical positioning and believe we can be a part of helping deliver greater competition in the market as a whole.' Force leaders to debate on TV More than 90,000 people have signed the petition – have you? So far, the Co-operative Bank has said it would apply for a part of the overall package called an Incentivised Switching Scheme, but is also expected to position itself to take on part of a package called the Capability and Innovation Fund. Mr Kerr, who also worked at Lloyds, is understood to have been a key player in the development of CYBG's business case for being awarded part of that latter fund. The UK's seventh-biggest provider of business current accounts, the Co-operative Bank has a partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the UK's largest SME membership body. It has sought to play on its broader ethical credentials during a time of continued reputational damage for other providers of small business finance in the UK. The Co-operative Bank, which declined to comment on Mr Kerr's appointment, is attempting to return to profitable growth following its rescue by a quintet of hedge funds last year amid the threat of it being wound up by the Bank of England.
Efforts to find a buyer for the whole of the Co-operative Bank failed to elicit a compelling offer from any of the challenger banks or private equity firms which considered doing so. More from Business. Nestle warns of 'very severe' no-deal Brexit. Netflix's marvellous medicine as media giant unveils Roald Dahl deal. Thomas Cook fresh profit warning after tough year. Vet practices face axe under Pets at Home shake-up. Online retailer Missguided claims its inspectors were chased out of factory.
Uber fined £900,000 over customer hack failings Since the recapitalisation, it has said it hopes to pay a dividend to shareholders in 2021 if its business plan is delivered during the intervening period. However, cumulative losses since its original rescue in 2013 of well over £2.5bn have led analysts to predict that its future as a standalone entity is limited. It launched the court action in August amid concerns Viagogo's customers could be turned away at the door because of restrictions placed on some resold tickets. Other concerns included consumers not being informed which seat they will get, misleading information about the availability of tickets, difficulty in getting money back, and being offered tickets that the seller does not own. Viagogo must comply with the court order to rectify the concerns by mid-January, the same deadline set for other resale sites that have already agreed to change their practices. Force leaders to debate on TV More than 90,000 people have signed the petition – have you? CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli said: 'This court order is a victory for anyone who decides to buy a ticket through Viagogo.
'We have been clear throughout our investigation that people who use these resale websites must know key facts before parting with their hard-earned money, including what seat they will get and whether there is a risk they might not actually get into the event at all. 'Viagogo has agreed to a comprehensive overhaul of its site to ensure it respects the law, just like the other resale sites who have already signed commitments to improve the information they offer and give people a fair deal.' More from Business. Nestle warns of 'very severe' no-deal Brexit. Netflix's marvellous medicine as media giant unveils Roald Dahl deal.
Thomas Cook fresh profit warning after tough year. Co-op Bank hires CYBG exec in bid for chunk of SME fund.
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Vet practices face axe under Pets at Home shake-up. Online retailer Missguided claims its inspectors were chased out of factory The CMA began enforcement action against four secondary ticketing websites last November, with three of them – StubHub, GETMEIN! And Seatwave – committing to change their business practices. A Viagogo spokesman said: 'We are pleased that we have been able to work closely with the CMA to come to an agreement that provides even greater transparency to consumers.' The claim was made by Paul Smith from Missguided, whose CEO Nitin Passi declined to give evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee hearing in Parliament. The retailers have been called before parliament after the committee heard 'shocking' evidence that the buying practices of some online retailers maybe forcing some manufacturers to pay garment workers illegally low wages.
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The committee has also been looking at 'fast' fashion's impact on the environment. An estimated 235 million items of clothing were sent to landfill in the UK last year. When asked by committee chairwoman Mary Creagh MP what the factory, which provides garments to various retailers, could be hiding, Mr Smith said: 'Underpayment of workers'. He told the committee that 30% of Missguided's production comes from Leicester, with 50% coming from China and the remaining products being made in Pakistan, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and Vietnam. Force leaders to debate on TV More than 90,000 people have signed the petition – have you? Mr Passi declined to appear before the committee, sending a message that they were 'people trying to create a story and you are the bait'.
The committee heard evidence from executives from big-name retailers like Burberry, M&S, Asos and popular online retailer Boohoo. Boohoo chief executive Carol Kane was asked how they can make dresses in Leicester for as little as £4 and still pay the minimum wage to those making the garment? More from Business. Nestle warns of 'very severe' no-deal Brexit. Netflix's marvellous medicine as media giant unveils Roald Dahl deal. Thomas Cook fresh profit warning after tough year. Co-op Bank hires CYBG exec in bid for chunk of SME fund.
Vet practices face axe under Pets at Home shake-up. Uber fined £900,000 over customer hack failings She replied: 'We have 80 dresses across 6,700 styles that are £5. It's a tiny, tiny amount of our collection. There are 60,000 styles for sale. We don't make any money, it's a loss leader and it drives people to our website.' During the hearing, concerns were also raised about the low-quality of some 'fast fashion' garments and the excessive waste that this business model is generating.