Always an avid reader, Chris LaProtto lost himself in history books in his youth, and later got into science fiction and fantasy novels. But that’s not the only way his reading habits have changed. Labruto was once a fan of the print book, and is now a dedicated Kindle reader.
Well, LaBrutto works for Amazon, which developed the Kindle, but that’s not the only reason to convert it. “I definitely like it a lot better,” he said. “It’s thin and light, and with a headlight I can read anywhere.”
Now, as a product manager at Amazon, LaBrutto and the rest of the Kindle team have designed and built the next generation of Kindle: Kindle Scribe.
Kindle Scribe features a new large display, and for the first time, this new Kindle device includes a stylus for customers to add notes to books, mark documents, create to-do lists, and generally write on the screen just like on paper.
“Kindle Scribe is the best Kindle we’ve ever built, creating a reading and writing experience that feels like real paper,” said Kevin Keith, Vice President of Amazon Devices. “It’s inspired by Kindle customers who have added billions of notes and memos to books over the years, and it’s perfect for reviewing and marking up documents, managing your to-do list, or tinkering with big ideas. Excited to get it in customer hands soon.”
Keith said the new Kindle pairs with features customers know and love, including access to more than 13 million e-books available worldwide in the Kindle Store, customizable fonts, and weeks of battery life, with the world’s first 10.2″ 300″ Paperwhite display. The screen itself is a big deal,” said Jordan Menin, another senior product manager on the Kindle team. Using a screen of this size means you don’t have to turn pages as often. You can use a large font for easy reading and great text formatting. “
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Kindle has been a hit since Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unveiled the first model in 2007. Since then, the company has been constantly improving the experience by adding more functionality to the e-reader.
To understand what might happen next, the team started talking to customers about what they love about reading on Kindle and looking at the features they used the most. They’ve found a growing interest in reading non-fiction books and customers around the world are adding billions of notes and memos while reading on their Kindle.
With this feedback, Amazon set out to make reading real-life books, as well as PDFs, articles, and other documents with charts, graphs, and images, much smoother. “Realistic readers want more page formatting so they can see content like charts and graphs, and they also want to be able to mark up pages,” Labrutto said. “In many cases, they go beyond a fun weekend of reading and try to learn something. Seeing all the visual details and their written notes is an important part of that experience.”
The pandemic also increased another need the Kindle team wanted to meet. “When COVID-19 hit and we all started working from home, we realized that many of us were looking for new devices and services that could help us be more productive,” Labrutto said.
With the fusion of personal and professional lives, Labruto, Minin, and the rest of the Kindle hardware and software teams sought to create a new kind of Kindle device that could help non-fiction readers, hybrid workers, and anyone looking for a structured and immersive reading and writing experience. This new Kindle said that this new Kindle “can fully meet the needs of readers while offering such unique digital experiences as sharing premium documents with your computer or phone; searching through, filtering and organizing notebooks filled with meeting notes, journals, or– Do lists; or annotate text with sticky notes that don’t spoil the page.”
So they went to work.
Enabling new reading and writing features on Kindle Scribe included a number of hardware and software design components. At its center is a new thin, large screen that displays writing, graphs and images in great detail, a battery-free stylus, and new foldable covers, each element designed to delight readers and writers. Fortunately, LaBrutto and Meenen received help from another Kindle designer, Amazon designer Tim Wall.
Wall, who studied printmaking and sculpture in college, discovered the power of industrial design on the streets of Seattle in his twenties. He worked for a company that hired people recently released from prison to help clean up local neighborhoods. Drawing on his art school education, he designed an alternative to employee-used rubbish pans that were easily consumed. “I think you have to do the work first to find out the right tool,” he said. “You don’t need to be an expert to understand what people need. You just need empathy or, better yet, empathy from real experience.”
Now in his forties and in Silicon Valley, Wall has spent the past 11 years applying the same lessons to a Kindle at Amazon’s legendary invention playground, Lab126—1 stands for A, the first letter in the alphabet, and 26 stands for Z, the last letter. Amazon engineers and designers who work there have created new devices and innovations like the Kindle, the Alexa-enabled line of Echo smart speakers, and the Astro home robot.
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Kindle is the perfect example of an effective combination of innovation and convenience. Kindle combines simplicity and connectivity – you can use it to buy, download and search books, newspapers, magazines, and other documents in the huge Kindle Store. This effective combination has succeeded in creating a “sanctuary experience,” Wall said, “reducing and eliminating distractions as much as possible so that the reading experience is essential.”
Creating and maintaining this experience requires more than removing distractions. Kindle’s physical attributes are also important. “Passive shapes, slenderness, and lightness are all compelling traits of almost all techniques, but they are even more important in something that is meant to be free of distractions,” Wall said.
For this reason, adding new features like a stylus that never needs to be charged or synced, and a screen that looks like a piece of paper has been fraught with challenges that are sometimes hard to pin down. “The writing on paper goes back to some of your early childhood experiences,” Wall said. “His tactile qualities are really important in humanizing that breadboard of electronics.”
“I’m going to bring my Kindle Scribe to work every day, and I think all kinds of readers and writers will find a variety of features they love.”
Jordan Menin, Senior Product Manager, Kindle
To build a seamless, distraction-free reading and writing device, the team began brainstorming, building prototypes and prototypes, and testing them with each other. “It still has to be a Kindle, it still needs to be a reader, but now it’s a writer too,” Wall said. “How do you balance these things?”
Wall said they used ergonomics and other experts to “go deeper into factors and human behavior, like how can someone with this weight and this angle hold it? Where is the fulcrum? How smooth are the curves and edges?”
The team worked hard to find the right anti-glare coating on the screen and the right type of pen to mimic the feel of writing on paper. “We tested hundreds of combinations to find the exact balance to create the right amount of on-screen friction for typing while still delivering crisp text for the world-class reading experience that Kindle customers have come to expect,” said Nag Tadibali, Kindle’s Chief Display Architect. clerk. The team designed the pen tip using a solid feel that, paired with our custom width coating, avoids the slippery feel created by molded plastic tip pens and actually looks like writing on paper.
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Minin has fully adopted Kindle Scribe so much that he not only reads on the device, but uses it every day to review documents and take notes during meetings. His favorite Kindle Scribe feature is the ability to import, encode, and export documents, but he’s excited for customers to discover their favorites among the many new features, from sticky notes for commenters, to notebooks for writers, to Screen for Everyone. “I’m going to bring my Kindle Scribe to work every day,” he said, “and I think all kinds of readers and writers will find a variety of features they like.”
Your new favorite gadget
Customers all over the world will be able to discover their favorite thing about Kindle Scribe in time for the holidays. Like previous Kindle e-readers, the Kindle Scribe maintains long battery life for weeks, adjustable warm light and auto-adjustable front lighting, instant access to the Kindle Store, and a host of accessibility features. For the first time ever, Kindle Scribe users will be able to write with a stylus that features customizable fonts that come with highlighters and an eraser. Kindle Scribe also includes templates for taking notes and to-do lists, and with the Send to Kindle feature, customers can easily transfer content from their computer or phone to read or take notes, including PDF, Microsoft Word, and other document formats.
From the tactile writing experience to the way it feels in your hands, Kindle Scribe is designed to be a tool that you can use in many aspects of your life. Indeed, as Wall said, “I have been inspired by the tools we use every day. I still have on my desk the wooden brush from my early days in art school. A well-polished tool is a sign that it’s essential, well built and fit for purpose. Somehow. I think that’s what we’re trying to do with Kindle Scribe.”
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