that the new-generation Kindles are both the fastest-selling and
best-selling devices on the website, selling more in the first four
weeks of availability than any other previous Kindle launch.
new-generation Kindles shipped today, which is two days earlier than
expected. Customers ordered more new-generation Kindles on Amazon.com
and Amazon.co.uk combined than any other device during the first four
weeks of its availability. In fact, customers from 125 countries on
six continents have
placed orders for the new Kindle.
is the best-selling product on Amazon.com for two years running and
our new generation Kindles are continuing that momentum," said
Steven Kessel, senior vice president of Amazon Kindle. "Readers
are excited about all that the new Kindle has to offer - 50 percent
better contrast, 20 percent faster page turns, 15 percent lighter, up
to one month of battery life - and a
new price of only $139."
new Kindles certainly do have a lot of updated features. The body is
21 percent smaller, giving it a sleek, clean look. It also weighs 15
percent less than older models at 8.5 ounces, has built-in Wi-Fi
and double the storage at 3,500 books. Some features have stayed
the same though, such as the 6-inch screen for reading.
Kindle Store has more than 670,000 books now, with 235,000 of those
being added just in the last seven months. Over 550,000 of these are
under $9.99, and over 1.8 million out-of-copyright, pre-1923, free
books can be read on Kindle devices as well.
new Wi-Fi Kindle is $139 and the Kindle 3G is available for $189.