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Kindle, Kindle Touch/Kindle Touch 3G, Kindle Fire

Kindle Touch/Kindle Touch 3G
Amazon expands the Kindle family

Not to be outdone by the 7", $199 Kindle Fire with its full color screen, Amazon today announced an all-new “e-ink” Kindle family. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos today revealed an all-new Kindle Touch that features a primitive IR touch-based interface with configurable zones.

Since the Kindle Touch doesn't have a keyboard like previous models, it is also 75 percent lighter. For those that want "anywhere access", the Kindle Touch 3G will cost you $149 and includes free global roaming.

For those that still think that even $99 is too much, there is also the $79, 6" Kindle. This model is 30 percent lighter than the Kindle 3 and doesn't feature touch capabilities. It also loses the keyboard of previous Kindle models, but gains dedicated buttons for navigation. 

The lowest price Kindle currently available is the $114 ad-supported "Offers" version.

The new Kindles also include a new feature called "X-ray" which allows readers to dive deeper into the text:

With a single tap, readers can see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon's community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. 

The new 6" Kindle is available to purchase later today and will ship today. The Kindle Touch/Touch 3G is available to pre-order today, but won't ship until November 21.

One thing to keep in mind is that the stated "low" prices are for models featuring "Special Offers". If you don't want ads displayed on your screen, you will have to tack on $30 to the Kindle and $40 to the Kindle Touch/Kindle Touch 3G.



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RE: No keyboard?
By Smilin on 9/28/2011 11:54:22 AM , Rating: 3
The keyboard is most used to type a market search directly from the device. I myself do most browsing from my PC (just a click to send wirelessly to device).

Considering the power of search even a few cursor emulated keystrokes would work in a pinch I suppose.

It's a pretty limited device beyond reading and some built in wikipedia + reference books. It can do mp3s and such but in reality that's not why you get this thing. Since I never use the extras I wouldn't mind losing the keyboard. All that said..I've already got a Gen1 and the newest black ones so I don't think it's worth the upgrade for me.

I'm about to snag a Fire though. 200 bucks for a coffee table web browser is spot on.

The Fire looks too heavy like the iPad(the Kindles are a feather) and doesn't have E-ink so I won't use it for very much reading...especially poolside.


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