Amazon Kindle News - September Digest
While September started off somewhat slowly for Kindle news, toward the end that trend changed abruptly. We spent the better part of the month speculating about the properties of the upcoming Kindle Tablet only to finally get the Kindle Fire and its eReader friends.
Much of the information we have so far about the Kindle Fire is up in the air right now since the device itself won’t be showing up on doorsteps until November 15th. The same is true of the newly announced Kindle Touch eReader, which will take the Kindle concept and update it to compete even more successfully on a hardware level by adding a touchscreen and opening the door to complete localization. What we do have right now is a brand new basic Kindle.
Now all of the Kindle eReaders are available for under $100, if only barely. The Kindle, which is distinct from the new Kindle Touch and the Kindle 3(henceforth to be known as the Kindle Keyboard), is being sold for only $79. It is also the only new entry into the Kindle line to be shipping already. A thorough Kindle 4 hands-on review is available at BlogKindle, and there are some real advances worth making note of.
The Kindle Touch will bring much the same experience to users that existing Kindles have gotten us used to, with some small exceptions. It will have some advanced browsing features such as X-Ray(which allows close inspection of textual material), and what seems to be a slightly improved annotation interface(though that could just be a result of the touchscreen making selection more natural).
The Kindle Fire is the new 7” Android Tablet PC that has basically changed tablet pricing as we know it. For $200, customers will now get one of the best user experiences available in such devices today. In addition to the low price point, they’ve built up the associated services for video, music, and reading to the point where selection is unlikely to ever be an issue. Nobody else short of Apple can offer a comparable package, and the iPad is not nearly as affordable for most people.Continued on the next page