Why would you pay $100-$150 for a dedicated monochrome e-reader when you can spend the same money on a multi-functional 7-inch tablet? Apparently, a lot more people are asking that questions, which is spelling trouble for E Ink-based Kindles, Nooks and Kobos.
Amazon's helmsman Jeff Bezos took to a stage on Thursday to announce the company's refreshed Kindle lineup. While Bezos focused mostly on the tablet side of things, he did have some good news for those of us who still like to read: the front-lit Kindle Paperwhite.
The battle for e-reader supremacy is a constant tug of war. The two main e-reader contenders are the Nook and Kindle. And with the new Nook with Glowlight, Barnes & Noble now sells the best one yet. All of that could change. Reuters believes Amazon is readying its own front-it Kindle e-reader.
Pinch yourself if this sounds crazy. Amazon, the world's undisputed online retail champ is said to be considering a move into retail with a pilot store in Seattle that'll focus primarily on selling the Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablet alongside exclusively published books and e-books.
Selling lots of Kindles is great for Amazon not because they want to make money selling Kindles, but because they want to make money selling Kindle books. So much so that they take a $5 loss on every cheapo Kindle sold.
Amazon has just unveiled a new incentive to sign up for their $80-per-year Prime service: a lending library for the Kindle, allowing you to "borrow" books for free.
If you opt for the cheaper version of Amazon's Kindles, the ones with "special offers," your screensavers will be advertisements. But if you ever decide you're sick of them, Amazon will now let you buy your way out.
Here it is, the Kindle Fire, Amazon's 7-inch tablet. Amazon's not trying to slay the iPad with the Kindle Fire, it's a tablet for the rest of us. We're excited because it's small, minimal in design, and affordable at $200 — just the way a Kindle tablet should be.
Amazon's on a roll today, announcing a new touchscreen Kindle as well as a color Kindle Fire tablet, but if you're a cheapskate, the sweetest announcement is definitely the new $79 Kindle.
Various tech blogs have received invites from Amazon for a special press conference scheduled on September 28. Our natural instincts tell us Amazon's Kindle tablet will be officially unveiled to the public at that event. Barnes & Noble's Nook Color better brace itself.