Amazon introduces a new frontlit Kindle for $89.99

Amazon introduces a new frontlit Kindle for $89.99

Amazon announced a refresh yesterday of its least expensive Kindle

New Kindle (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

It can be pre-ordered now in white or black for release on April 10th.

Frontlighting is the most comfortable reading experience I’ve had, including paper. The device (as is the case with the Paperwhite and Oasis Kindle EBRs…E-Book Readers) has a mild light which is pointed at the screen (not at you). The light bounces off the screen…which is the same way you read a paperbook.

It’s exciting to see Amazon introduce a new EBR! This one isn’t waterproof like the more expensive models, but I think it should still be popular. It does, by the way, have Bluetooth, meaning that it can transmit audio to a compatible external speaker.

Here’s the

press release

Right now, it is coming with three months of

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

which is about a $30 value. That’s Amazon’s “all-you-can-read” subscription service (subser).

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog

2 Responses to “Amazon introduces a new frontlit Kindle for $89.99”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    It’s funny — I was just thinking about how Amazon might improve EBR’s.

    I walk a lot (5-6 miles/day), and I carry my kindle oasis to read and fight the drudgery of walking on flat Florida land. Light as the oasis is, it still gets to be a drag on my wrists and arms. I’ve been thinking that what’s needed in EBR innovation are EBR glasses.

    One doesn’t want to have any buttons on the glasses frames. So some other kind of UI would be needed. Eye tracking technology has improved a lot, or perhaps finger gestures (as used in a lot of AR/VR devices).

    The page display should probably be full-field (on only one eye a la Google Glass). Many gigabytes of storage could be handled in the frames with existing storage technologies. Batteries and ports (USB, Bluetooth) would be a challenge.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      I’ve written before about reading my Kindle books in VR. 🙂

      https://ilmk.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/now-you-can-read-your-kindle-books-in-virtual-reality/

      It could certainly be improved. So I have this straight, you are actually reading while you are walking? I’ve done that…I also had a friend who was reading while riding a bike and crashed into a parked truck. 😉

      If it is while you are walking, I would think AR would be best…the book could float in front of you, and auggies are getting smart enough that it could disappear if there was something to which you should pay more attention (a railroad crossing or barking dog, for example). Some companies are introducing much lighter auggies in the next year or so.

      Question: do you not like text-to-speech? That’s how I would do it right now. I’d like something smart enough to give me environmental sound when it detected something, but TTS is not very different from the music to which a lot of people listen while walking or running.

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