Screen Protectors for Your Kindle Paperwhite - dummies

Screen Protectors for Your Kindle Paperwhite

By Leslie H. Nicoll, Harvey Chute

Screen protectors for the Kindle Paperwhiteare just what the name implies — a plastic covering for the screen to keep it safe from scratches and smudges. Users have mixed opinions regarding whether they’re necessary.

On one hand, the screen is the most delicate part of the Kindle Paperwhite, and although you can wipe off a smudge, a scratch is permanent. A screen protector can be an inexpensive way to provide a layer of security for your device.

On the other hand, screen protectors can be tough to apply and can obscure the screen, making reading more difficult. Because the Kindle Paperwhite is all about reading, having something that may interfere with that isn’t a bonus.

Keep in mind that the Kindle Paperwhite is a touchscreen device. You do need to put your fingers on the screen to turn the page, look up words in the dictionary, or buy e-books from the Kindle Store. The screen will get dirty. Plus, you may splash milk on it while eating a bowl of cereal or sneeze on it.

The following manufacturers offer screen protectors:

  • BoxWave: This company offers two screen protectors, one with an anti-glare feature and a second with crystal-clear viewing. They also offer the Screen Puff, an ultrapuffy screen wiper, available in seven colors — you can coordinate with your cover and skin!

  • BodyGuardz: Like BoxWave, this manufacturer makes anti-glare and classic clear screen protectors, but they also make a carbon-fiber skin that applies to the front and the back of the device. In addition, they sell a clear vinyl combination skin/screen protector that covers the entire body of the Kindle Paperwhite.

  • M-Edge: Visit this manufacturer for a two-pack of screen protectors, plus a cleaning cloth.

When searching for screen protectors, make sure to specify the Kindle Paperwhite or a 6-inch screen device. Screen protectors for the Kindle Touch will fit the Kindle Paperwhite because they both have 6-inch screens. However, protectors for earlier versions of the Kindle will not fit the Kindle Paperwhite screen.