As you’ve no doubt heard, Amazon held a big event in California on Thursday and launched several new e-ink and tablet devices. Indie Bookspot isn’t really a tech blog, so rather than going into detail about the new devices, I thought I’d just give a summary.
New Kindle e-readers
- A new, bare bones Kindle e-reader. No touch screen, but the display is improved compared to last year’s. Price is $69 (with ads) or $89 (without ads). Available: now.
- Kindle Paperwhite. This is Amazon’s first self-illuminating Kindle, and it replaces the Kindle Touch. Has a touch screen. Price is $119 for Wi-Fi version or $179 for 3G version; add another $20 for ad-free versions. Ships: October 1st.
New Kindle Fire tablets
- Kindle Fire HD with 7-inch screen. Runs Amazon’s version of Android, with a front-facing camera and a touch screen 1,200x800px display. Price is $199 for 16GB version or $249 for 32GB version. Ships: September 14th.
- Kindle Fire HD with 8.9-inch screen. Like the Kindle Fire HD listed above, but bigger (obviously) and with a 1,920×1,200px display. Price is $299 for 16GB version or $369 for 32GB version. Ships: November 20th.
- Kindle Fire HD with 8.9-inch screen AND built-in 4G LTE wireless (on AT&T). Price is $499 for 32GB version or $599 for 64GB version, plus $50 a year for 250MB of data per month. Ships: November 20th.
The new devices are all available for order (in the case of the new bare bones Kindle) or pre-order (for the rest) from Amazon at the links above. For users outside the US, Amazon is launching some of the new devices in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The new Paperwhite Kindle e-reader, however, seems to be US-only for now.