|The Kindle Fire tablet|
Huge day today for the e-book world as Amazon has announced three new Kindles (links are to CNET I work at CNET, all opinions are my own):
– A $79 Kindle with Special Offers (and keyboard)
– A $99 Kindle Touch with WiFi
– A $149 Kindle Touch with 3G
And a tablet:
The Kindle Fire for $199, featuring a 7″ display, Amazon’s own Silk web brower, and wireless syncing of books and movies — you can pause a movie on your TV and start watching on your Kindle Fire.
Huge implications: B&N is going to be feeling the heat as these are compelling e-ink reader prices (per Mashable their stock dropped 9% after Amazon’s announcement), Apple is going to be feeling some pressure as there is finally a viable device that undercuts the iPad on price, and having now crossed that magical sub-$100 price point, methinks this is going to be a huge holiday season for e-readers.
Four new devices, one big day. E-readers and tablets are getting more affordable, and it’s going to open up e-readers to new audiences.
What do you think of the new Kindles and the new Kindle Fire? Are you going to get one? (Or more?!)
I thought so, then I discovered I can't buy most of the English novels I want to buy from France. (geographical restrictions)
They sell you the Kindle here, but won't sell the books that go with it. And they don't dwell on how bad it is too much in the advertisement.
So I really don't see the point in getting one if I can't buy books.
It's sad, because I'd have loved to have a kindle, really.
So: to be reserved to English speaking countries who only want to buy in their own country.
Toby Speed says
I just bought the $79 Kindle five minutes ago! I tell ya, I've been resisting and resisting, fearing the downfall of traditional…..you know the drill. Then the price came down. Figured, for $79, I might as well try it and see for myself. After all, people are e-reading, and I'm an author. This is the way publishing is going. And I'm excited and can't wait for it to arrive!
Katherine Hyde says
When I get a tablet, it will be an iPad. But that probably won't happen until the price comes down. Till then I'll stick with my Nook.
I am a very loyal Apple fan and don't believe any copycat can do it better than Apple can.
I got a Nook because the old Kindles' silly hardware keyboard turned me off, but now that Kindle Fire is looking very tempting indeed…
There's no way I'll ever get a Kindle but I'm glad I didn't buy my Nook Color yet. I bet the price drops after this!! Though if Barnes & Noble really comes out with a Nook 2 like rumors are speculating, we'll see…
Buy Books says
I await the upcoming "Flexible Touchscreen E-paper" technology. I'm not entirely sold on the flexible aspect but the ability to have E-paper quality as per the Kindle combined with the ability for touchscreen control as in tablets will be a significant advantage.
Don't forget you were once a literary agent before the e-book took off and you gave frequent advice on such mundane topics as how to write an appealing query letter. My how times havechanged.