New Amazon Kindle eReaders officially announced

Amazon has now confirmed that it will offer new models of its best selling Kindle electronic reading hardware at its press conference today in Santa Monica.

Engadget reports that the biggest news was for the Kindle Paperwhite, which is the first Kindle eReader with a front-lit screen, something that Barnes and Noble launched earlier this year with their Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. The battery power of the new Kindle Paperwhite is supposed to last for about eight weeks. It also has a touch screen display.

The Kindle Paperwhite will be sold in two versions; a WiFi-only device for $119 and a WiFi/3G version for $179. It will go on sale on October 1st.

Amazon also announced that it will cut the price of its basic non-front lit Kindle eReader to just $69. Pre-orders are being taken now and it will start shipping on September 14th.

Amazon also talked about its electronic book publishing service, noting the success that many authors have had in selling their eBooks via Amazon. The company also announced Amazon Serials, which lets authors who want to offer serialized books a way for people to purchase all of the parts for one price.

Source: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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Kindle
Kindle 2
Kindle 2 international version
Kindle DX
Kindle DX international version
Kindle DX Graphite
Kindle Keyboard 3G and/or Wi-Fi
Kindle Touch 3G and/or Wi-Fi
Kindle Fire HD
$69 Kindle
Kindle PaperWhite

... that's just ridiculous. Even though they're not all out at the same time, it's way too confusing. Apple have the right idea.

King Mustard said,
Kindle
Kindle 2
Kindle 2 international version
Kindle DX
Kindle DX international version
Kindle DX Graphite
Kindle Keyboard 3G and/or Wi-Fi
Kindle Touch 3G and/or Wi-Fi
Kindle Fire HD
$69 Kindle
Kindle PaperWhite

... that's just ridiculous. Even though they're not all out at the same time, it's way too confusing. Apple have the right idea.

Not really, I think it's awesome... it gives consumers a choice! Apple just releases one... one iPhone.... one iPad... no price range or feature choices. At least Amazon let's you choose. It's NOT confusing, these are e-readers and tablets, come on.

no-sweat said,

Not really, I think it's awesome... it gives consumers a choice! Apple just releases one... one iPhone.... one iPad... no price range or feature choices. At least Amazon let's you choose. It's NOT confusing, these are e-readers and tablets, come on.


If I was looking at getting a Kindle and was open to second-hand models, I'd have research the above 10 models (and that's just so far!). It's getting daft.

King Mustard said,

If I was looking at getting a Kindle and was open to second-hand models, I'd have research the above 10 models (and that's just so far!). It's getting daft.

So with the iPad you wouldn't have to research the following models?

iPad 16 WiFi
iPad 32 WiFi
iPad 64 WiFi
iPad 16 WiFi+3G
iPad 32 WiFi+3G
iPad 64 WiFi+3G
iPad 2 16 WiFi
iPad 2 32 WiFi
iPad 2 64 WiFi
iPad 2 16 WiFi+3G
iPad 2 32 WiFi+3G
iPad 2 64 WiFi+3G
New iPad 16 WiFi
New iPad 32 WiFi
New iPad 64 WiFi
New iPad 16 WiFi+3G
New iPad 32 WiFi+3G
New iPad 64 WiFi+3G

Are you telling me that having 18 models of iPads that have been released to choose from is less confusing than having 16 models of Kindles that have been released to choose from?

Shane Nokes said,

So with the iPad you wouldn't have to research the following models?

<snip>

Are you telling me that having 18 models of iPads that have been released to choose from is less confusing than having 16 models of Kindles that have been released to choose from?

Storage sizes do not count, you hardly have to research those. So it's:

iPad Wi-Fi
iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
iPad 2 Wi-Fi
iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G
The new iPad Wi-Fi
The new iPad iPad Wi-Fi + 3G

Simple.

Indeed. The Paperwhite was by far not the biggest news. If a liveblog is happening (and Neowin isn't covering it) why not wait until the announcements are done and post everything up?

Shane Nokes said,
Indeed. The Paperwhite was by far not the biggest news. If a liveblog is happening (and Neowin isn't covering it) why not wait until the announcements are done and post everything up?

I'm sure there are a lot of people that are far more interested in the new eReader than another generic Android tablet.

feedidy said,
Is this coming to the UK at any point?

Probably in about a year as with the Kindle Touch. It's a shame that a company the size of Amazon can't release globally at the same time.

The problem is not so much where those devices are available, it's always possible to buy them from .com, but rather which titles are available where. Amazon has the bad practice of segmenting everything (same issue with mp3's), so you can't have French titles and English titles at the same time, you have to switch your account location for that (and losing your access to the other titles at the same time)...

Anyway, I'm not sure they're on the good track with they new products, the autonomy has been drastically reduced on the Paperwhite (~4 hours reading so less than the Fire), and who would want this? If you want to read, just turn the light on and spare your eyesight...

tsupersonic said,
How about reporting on the rest of the Kindle lineup?

Yeah, the article is missing the Kindle Fire HD's that were announced.