24. November 2010

2.Gen Kindle for $89

On Black Friday Amazon is going to sell the Kindle 2 International for just $89. The Kindle 2 International is said to have a better screen contrast than the Kindle 2 U.S. model and thus comes close to the current Kindle 3. gen.

“Our previous generation Kindle uses the old E Ink technology (the same E Ink as in the current Nook). Our all-new Kindle [the Kindle 3 {UK: K3}] uses the latest generation E Ink (Pearl) for 50% percent better contrast, and is available at the everyday low price of …$139.”

The sale doesn’t start until 9:00 AM on Black Friday, November 26 and it will definitely be a limited quantity item.

The $149 B&W E-Ink Nook with the same screen (WiFi only) will sell for $99 on Black Friday as will the smaller Sony without wireless, both do not have 3G and thus of course no international wireless coverage via 3G network for free. In my opinion the Kindle 2 is definitely a better deal with its free 3G cellular wireless web browser, and the Text-to-Speech capability. Other than the Kindle 3.gen it doesn’t have a WiFi module though. But the 3G it got works almost anywhere in the world without fees or the necessity to find a WiFi hot spot that’s also free.

You will find the Kindle 2 3G among the other Black Friday offers at amazon.com/blackfriday as soon as the Friday starts, so be quick!

16. September 2010

Kindle 3 back in stock at Amazon

Both, the Kindle 3 WiFi and the Kindle 3 3G + WiFi are back in stock on Amazon.com. You can order a Kindle today and will receive it within a day or in about 5 days depending on shipping method and your actual location

Kindle and Kindle DX

Kindle with Global Wireless

Kindle (Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″, White or Graphite): $189

Kindle (Wi-Fi, 6″, Graphite): $139

Kindle DX (Free 3G, 9.7″, Graphite): $379

Kindle DX, either 2nd generation white or Graphite with a newer screen, are also in stock and available for immediate shipping.

With the DX the question is, why is the demand for the DX lower compared to the Kindle 3? One reason could be that with Kindle 3 WiFi out it’s inevitable that at some point Kindle DX WiFi will follow and perhaps with a price reduction?
On the other hand it may just be the price that let more buyers turn to the Kindle 3, since not everyone wants to pay nearly $400 for an e-reader – for just $100 more you can get an iPad.

A third reason could be, that from what I saw in forums throughout the web, most buyers of Kindle e-readers are women who are more interested in romance and other novels and thus are satisfied with a small device that fits into their purses. The larger DX is just more suitable for readers who also read a lot of PDFs and magazines.

29. July 2010

Two new Kindles from Amazon

As expected a new, no two new Kindles just arrived at amazon.com and will ship from August 27th on.

You now can choose between a $139 WiFi only (available in graphite) and a $189 Free 3G + WiFi (availabele in graphite or bright-white) version of the 6 inch Kindle.

So, the Kindle got WiFi – finally, that is good news, but rises the question, why the more expensive Kindle DX did not get it?

Here are the new features:

  • New, High-Contrast E-Ink Screen – 50% better contrast than any other e-reader. The clearest text and sharpest images.
  • New and Improved Fonts – New crisper, darker fonts
    • Kindle now has three font styles -  standard Caecilia font, a condensed version of Caecilia, and a sans serif option
    • Support for New Characters -  Cyrillic (such as Russian), Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Korean characters in addition to Latin and Greek scripts
  • New Sleek Design – 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6″ size reading area
  • 17% Lighter – Only 8.5 ounces, weighs less than a paperback
  • Battery Life of Up to One Month – A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off
  • Built-In Wi-Fi – Shop and download books in less than 60 seconds
  • 20% Faster Page Turns – Seamless reading
  • Enhanced PDF Reader – With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights
  • New WebKit-Based Browser – Browse the web over Wi-Fi (experimental)

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27. July 2010

Kindle 2 out of stock

Rather suddenly the Kindle 2 is out of stock at amazon.com. The recent price cut to $189 could be a reason, but it would not be typical for amazon not planing in advance.

Since there even is no date given, when the Kindle 2 might be available again and due to similar experiences with the Kindle 1 this might point to the arriving of a new Kindle 3. Since we just saw the sudden arrival of the new graphite Kindle DX this seems rather possible.

The last time, when the Kindle 1 suddenly went out of stock in end 2008, early 2009 users who had ordered the Kindle got the Kindle 2 instead.