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Amazon Releases Four New Kindles
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced four new kindle devices during an event in New York on Wednesday. Three of those devices are new Kindle e-readers that the company describes as “smaller, lighter, and more affordable than ever before,” and the fourth device is much anticipated Kindle Fire, Amazon’s Android-based color tablet.
The latest Kindle e-reader comes with a new design that makes it 30% lighter and 18% smaller. The new Kindle that is resized to easily fit your pocket turns pages 10% faster and features the same 6 inch E Ink display. Amazon has “reached the magical two-digit price point for Kindle,” and priced its new generation e-reader at $79.
Amazon has also introduced Kindle Touch, a new e-reader which allows users to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes by tapping the screen. The device is also smaller and lighter than its predecessors; it holds 3,000 books and has a built-in WiFi. The price for the new Kindle Touch is set at $99, and it is now available for pre-order in the US.
Kindle Touch also has a 3G version which costs $149, and includes all the features of Wi-Fi only version plus the free 3G which enables users to download and read books anytime, anywhere. There are no annual contracts of monthly fees as Amazon pays for the 3G connection.
Amazon also noted that Kindle customers can now borrow Kindle books from public libraries, and highlighted that new Kindles also come with special offers and sponsored screensavers.
The biggest announcement that came from Amazon on Wednesday is the introduction of Kindle Fire. “Kindle Fire brings together all of the things we’ve been working on at Amazon for over 15 years into a single, fully-integrated service for customers,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO said in a statement. Kindle Fire gives customers instant access to Amazon’s digital content including movies, books, magazines, TV shows, and songs. Kindle Fire users will also get a free month of Amazon Prime movie and TV streaming service.
Kindle Fire comes with Cloud-Accelerated Web Browser called Amazon Silk which delivers significantly faster web browsing experience. Kindle Fire offers free cloud storage for Amazon digital content, and uses Amazon’s Whispersync technology to automatically synchronize users’ Kindle library, last page read, bookmarks, and notes, across multiple devices. Kindle Fire has 7-inch full color LCD touchscreen and features fast dual-core processor. However, the device does not have a camera, microphone or 3G capabilities. The online retail giant made its first tablet affordable by pricing it at $199. The release date for Kindle Fire is November 15, 2011, and you can now pre-order it over at amazon.com.