Amazon Announces Two New Kindles, Prices Sure to Shock You
Today Amazon held a press conference where it was expected to announce a new Kindle tablet. Well, not only did it announce that tablet, known as the Kindle Fire, but it also announced two new Kindle e-readers with a shocking price. First up, we have a $79 Kindle. That's right, a Kindle for less than $100. This model has ads built right in, hence the low price, and slots under the ad-supported $114 Kindle already available. The best news is that the $79 Kindle ships today, so you can head on over to Amazon and place an order for the cheapest Kindle e-reader yet. The $79 Kindle foregoes a keyboard, so it looks like taking notes directly on the device is a no go.
Amazon was not done with just the $79 Kindle, as it went ahead and announced a $99 model called the Kindle Touch. This is another e-reader, but it uses an IR touch system for navigation and page turns. There is no keyboard to speak of on the Kindle Touch, which makes it a slimmer and smaller device than the regular Kindles. It has no buttons at all (the thing below the screen is a speaker grill), so everything will be handled by touching the screen. The Kindle Touch uses Amazon's "most advanced" E Ink display, and comes in a WiFi or 3G+WiFi model. The 3G+WiFi model will launch at a $149 price, which isn't all that much higher than the $99 WiFi model.
The $79 Kindle is available today, while the Kindle Touch models will ship on November 21st. You can pre-order the Kindle Touch starting later today.