Amazon’s new Kindles — $189 and $139 each

The new Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi, above, will sell for $139 but connect to the Web only by Wi-Fi. A new model to replace the Kindle 2 will sell for $189 and connect to the Internet through a cellphone network.

Amazon is stepping up its game, releasing new models of the already-popular Kindle and dropping the price in a big way. Are they poised to dominate this holiday season, or can Barnes & Noble, or the iPad, or even the Sony Reader, give them a run for their money?

Amazon.com, the maker of the Kindle e-reader, is introducing two new smaller, lighter versions with high-contrast screens and crisper text. The new Kindles will ship August 27th.
With Amazon’s latest announcement, it is again waging a price war. Barnes & Noble offers a Wi-Fi version of the Nook for $149 and Sony offers the Reader Pocket Edition, which does not have Wi-Fi, for $150.
I bought an iPad because I wanted a tablet device that was more than just an e-reader. But I’m intrigued by the Kindle. I’ve spent a little time playing around with a Nook, in Barnes & Noble, and to be frank I was very much less than impressed. The jury’s still out on the Kindle for me, and I wonder if this new model is an improvement — the price tag certainly is.

3 thoughts on “Amazon’s new Kindles — $189 and $139 each

  1. I know when I saw the $139 Kindle, I had to escort myself away from the computer. (I agree that the Nook is just not right.) The Kindle at the new price is very temping. I’ve always liked the read-to-me feature. I love the idea of being able to listen to a book driving to and from work and then being able to pick up where I left off that night. I sometimes get a book on tape and a print version out of the library so I can do that.

    My biggest problem is that I still get a lot of books at second hand shops and the library.

  2. That’s a problem for me too. I dunno. I have the iPad and I’ve e-read on it and I’m sort of interested in having a lot of my favorite books in e-form… but I’m still not sold on it entirely, you know?
    There’s also availability issues. The other day I had that moment they love — I’m reading an article about Judy Blume’s “Forever”, which I haven’t read since high school, and I’m thinking, I should read that again! Tonight, even! I don’t feel like running to a store, so let’s try buying an e-book… oh, wait, it’s not available as an e-book. Oh well. That’s *exactly* the problem for me. Even when I have those moments, it’s still not a fool-proof experience.
    Dropping the price on e-readers is a good step in the right direction, though.

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