I just got an email from a friend asking me if I had purchased the new Kindle (among other topics of conversation
). I recounted my tale of woe, linked him to my Amazon review and he responded that neither he nor his wife have noticed any color blotching on their Paperwhites. They have the LED shadows on the bottom but all else is good. He's going to take another look. I hope his PWs are good and problem free because he was happy with his purchase before contacting me.