The next generation e-reader comes with integrated, adjustable lighting and anti-glare technology, making it ideal for reading in a darkened room or under direct sunlight.
With a screen resolution of 212 ppi, the Paperwhite has a significantly more powerful display than current e-ink Kindles, offering 25% better contrast and touch-screen support.
The device measures in at 9.1mm, 1mm slimmer than the Kindle Touch, and equal in weight to the previous generation device at 7.5 ounces. Amazon promises that the Paperwhite will offer eight weeks of battery life, even with the lighting activated.
Paperwhite owners who purchase the 3G model can take advantage of free 3G in more than 100 countries without need for a data plan or contract. Customers will also receive storage space on the Amazon Cloud service.
Software features include the existing Whispersync and X-Ray services, as well as a new feature called Time to Read, which monitors users' reading speeds and calculates how long it will take them to finish each chapter.
Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite will be available in Wi-Fi only and 3G models, priced at $119 (£74) and $179 (£112) respectively. The tablets are available to preorder in the US now, and will ship in the territory on October 1.
A UK release for the Kindle Paperwhite was not confirmed.