Amazon launches $99 Kindle Touch and $79 Kindle [Update]

If the Amazon Kindle Fire wasn’t enough, today at Amazon’s press event the company also unveiled a new e-Ink device called the Kindle Touch. As you might have guessed, this device has a touchscreen, enabling you to interact with content on the screen thanks to an IR touch system similar to Barnes & Noble’s Nook eReader. This device will be just $99 for the WiFi version, and $149 for the version with free 3G access in 100 countries.

The device also comes with a new feature called X-Ray, which when tapped pulls up relevant information about the things that are occurring on the page. The Kindle Touch will look up this information via Wikipedia and other sources, and will be apparently downloaded with each page for instant access. It also will have an “extra-long” battery life, most likely due to the low-power e-Ink display. The Kindle Touch will be shipping out on November 21 with pre-orders starting today.

Also announced at this PR event is the new $79 Kindle, which is a generation newer than the current Kindle 3. It is claimed to be less than six ounces (170 grams) and 18% smaller than the existing Kindle; it will have no keyboard or touchscreen. This new Kindle will be shipping out today, and will surely cause some disruption to the already cheap eReader market.

Update: It appears as though the low prices for these devices is because Amazon is including ads on them, according to AllThingsD. For those that want the Kindle Touch without ads, expect to pay $40 more ($139 for WiFi, $189 for 3G); the regular Kindle without ads will cost an extra $30 (total price $109).

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RealFduch said,
I like the Touch one. I want touch, but do not want to lose the e-ink.

Errm, they're all e-Ink except for the Fire.

thommcg said,

Errm, they're all e-Ink except for the Fire.

The $79 Kindle has no touch. The Fire one has no e-ink (like Nook Color).
That leaves me with only one option.

see i think they are doing what the playbook could not because they have a 4x3 screen instead of a 16x9.. on a 7 inch it looks way better

Wow, I'm used to being ripped off by exchange rates here in UK, but $79 for the new basic Kindle in the US and £89 in the UK? What even is that?

Having said that, I'm willing to forgive them for the massive dig they take at Apple on the front page of amazon.com.

JamesWeb said,
Wow, I'm used to being ripped off by exchange rates here in UK, but $79 for the new basic Kindle in the US and £89 in the UK? What even is that?

Having said that, I'm willing to forgive them for the massive dig they take at Apple on the front page of amazon.com.


It won't sell in the UK. You have to import it

TechDudeGeorge said,

It won't sell in the UK. You have to import it

We do get the $79 Kindle, not the touch Kindle. Ours is £89 because we their $79 is ad supported, or ad free for $109. Ours is ad-free only.

And for £20 you get the current Kindle with double the battery life, a keyboard and double the storage. Keyboard Kindle ftw

Deciding between the 3G Kindle Touch and the Wifi Kindle Touch.

Other than wirelessly buying books--which I have very little interest--what else can you do with it?

I know there is some limited web browsing, but is that pretty much it? For example, can you get streaming music? If not, and since I have an iPhone, I think I'll just get the Wifi version.

DukeEsquire said,
Deciding between the 3G Kindle Touch and the Wifi Kindle Touch.

Other than wirelessly buying books--which I have very little interest--what else can you do with it?

I know there is some limited web browsing, but is that pretty much it? For example, can you get streaming music? If not, and since I have an iPhone, I think I'll just get the Wifi version.

They key and most important feature is, e-ink!" There is no comparison between reading a book on e-ink and on LCD.

DukeEsquire said,
Deciding between the 3G Kindle Touch and the Wifi Kindle Touch.

Other than wirelessly buying books--which I have very little interest--what else can you do with it?

I know there is some limited web browsing, but is that pretty much it? For example, can you get streaming music? If not, and since I have an iPhone, I think I'll just get the Wifi version.

I think you'll be best served with the WiFi model, and if you want to get a new book when you are away from a usable AP, you can always tether with your iPhone

warwagon said,

They key and most important feature is, e-ink!" There is no comparison between reading a book on e-ink and on LCD.

That's not what I was asking.

I was asking what do you get with 3G, which is an extra $50.

DukeEsquire said,

That's not what I was asking.

I was asking what do you get with 3G, which is an extra $50.

I don't know, but from what I heard it or at least it use to be Free 3G forever.

DukeEsquire said,

That's not what I was asking.

I was asking what do you get with 3G, which is an extra $50.


u get 3G for the extra $50 (WiFi is standard on all models)

DukeEsquire said,

Other than wirelessly buying books--which I have very little interest--what else can you do with it?

Basic web browsing and syncing, i.e. same as can be done with the Wifi only model, albeit without the need for Wifi.

I have zero interest in the Kindle fire, will definitely get a Kindle Touch as soon as my 3rd gen breaks. This things are fragile...

Annoyingly these prices don't transfer to the UK as we don't get the Advert+Special offer supported versions over here. It's certainly something I would consider given the difference in price between the two SKUs.

Will see what prices we end up with and certainly interested in the Touch. Bought the girlfriend the normal Wifi model last year and she loves it. Used it a lot on holiday this year.

AbandonedTrolley said,

Will see what prices we end up with and certainly interested in the Touch. Bought the girlfriend the normal Wifi model last year and she loves it. Used it a lot on holiday this year.

£89.
The Touch / Touch 3G aren't available in the UK for Pre-order either.

$79 (non touch) kindle, no keyboard.. that'll be a little weird. Touch seems pretty cool (no buttons on the sides to accidentally press as you're holding it kind of like you'd hold a smartphone). It also looks pretty slick.

Kinda bummed because I just bought a Kindle 3 3g ($140) a couple months ago >.>