I was looking forward to the review of the Kindle Paperwhite for one simple reason: I would finally have an excuse to read more. You see, in the hectic day-to-day of running The Verge, I simply don't get enough time to read books. Sure, I joined our Book Club and reread Ubik (that was easy: I'd read it!), and I do tend to start a lot of novels and non-fiction — but lately finishing anything I pick up has been a challenge.

The Paperwhite seemed ideal for me for a number of reasons. It offers far fewer distractions than a tablet, it's backed by Amazon's massive ecosystem, and most importantly, it packs the company's latest E Ink innovation: a glowing, front-lit display. Yes, the eponymous Paperwhite screen — an innovation inline with the Nook Simple Touch's GlowLight display. But better, or so Jeff Bezos claims.

So, I curled up with the Kindle Paperwhite and put it through its paces. Is it the best e-reader ever? Does the display dispatch the nearest competition? And most importantly — did I finish any books I started? If you want to know the answers, read on for my full review.