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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 TakinYourPoints on 9/28/2011 4:32:33 PM , Rating: 2
It is mainly used for searching the store. I have owned Kindles since they first launched and I personally have used the keyboard very rarely. If I buy a book it is usually through the Amazon website on my desktop.

If I was in the market for a new on, I'd get it without the keyboard. I'd lose very little functionality while gaining in even more portability (its gonna end up being as light as a sheet of paper at this rate). If I wasn't on my desktop and wanted to do a product search I would make do with the little dpad. As it stands I'm hanging onto my 3rd generation Kindle, no reason to upgrade and it is a fantastic device.


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