meet the new kindle lineup

Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet may be big news, but I'm more interested in the release of their new e-ink Kindles. There are several different options for those, so here's a quick rundown.

Kindle
  • The keyboard is gone, but there are buttons for changing pages or navigating menus.
  • It's got a 6" screen and weighs under 6 ounces.
  • It holds 1.25GB of ebooks or other user content.
  • Books are transferred over Wi-Fi (including free access at all AT&T hotspots) or via USB.
  • The estimated battery life is one month.
  • An ad-supported version is $79, without ads it's $109.
Kindle Touch
  • There's a touch screen input only, with no buttons at all.
  • It's also got a 6" screen, and weighs 7.5 ounces.
  • It holds 3GB of ebooks or other user content.
  • Books are transferred over Wi-Fi (including free access at all AT&T hotspots) or via USB.
  • The estimated battery life is two months.
  • An ad-supported version is $99, without ads it's $139.
Kindle Touch 3G
  • It uses Wi-Fi, USB, or free 3G connectivity for transferring books.
  • An ad-supported version is $149, without ads it's $189.

Both the new Kindle and Kindle touch use the e-ink Pearl screens and offer the same general features in things like font options, bookmarks, annotations, and dictionary support. The Kindle 3 is still available, it's now called Kindle Keyboard.

With all this talk of their coming tablet I was a little worried that Amazon would scale back their e-ink offerings, so I'm happy to see that there's even more to choose from now.

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