Amazon presented its new Kindle lineup in Los Angeles today, and there are a whole bunch of new rectangles for you to read and watch and work and play on, which I'll get into after the jump. But the big news, the thing that we didn't expect and which seems crazy, is that the new Kindle Fire HD With 4G LTE (I swear, that's its real name) offers a full year of 4G LTE service for $50. Fifty bucks. That's about $4.17 per month.
Today, Barnes & Noble announced a new upgrade to the (pretty excellent) Nook Simple Touch ebook reader: illumination. The Simple Touch With GlowLight, as it'll be called, is in just about every way the same as the non-bright Simple Touch, except it has a little LED at the top of the screen so you can read it in the dark without an external light source.
The Kindle Touch is Amazon's top-of-the-line e-ink reader, a compromise between a tablet like the Kindle Fire (easy typing, faster navigation) and the e-ink, single-focus ebook reader named simply Kindle. But Amazon's relentless price slashing makes me wonder if there's a need for this in-between.
Today at an event in New York, Barnes & Noble's CEO showed off the company's new tablet: the Nook Tablet. The name signals a change--this isn't an ebook reader with a color screen, but a full-on tablet. Yes, it's very much like the Kindle Fire, but then, the Kindle Fire is very much like the Nook Tablet's predecessor, the Nook Color. Updated with impressions.
Amazon announced yet another perk for those who've taken the plunge into Amazon Prime today: The Kindle Owner's Lending Library. Regular library ebooks have only recently become available on Kindle, and they've long been kind of a pain to import, so this seems to be Amazon's own version of a library. Prime members who are also Kindle owners can download one book a month, for free, from a limited selection of books.
Take the 3rd-generation Kindle, probably the best ebook reader ever made. Chop off the keyboard, trim the sides a bit, rearrange the buttons. Sell for eighty bucks. Correction: sell about a billion of these things for eighty bucks each.
Today at an event in New York City (which we live-tweeted--check out @PopSci for more), Amazon announced its new family of Kindles, and it's probably the biggest, or at least most visible, update in the line's history. The three new "traditional" Kindles continue Amazon's trend of "cheaper and smaller," including two touch-based Kindles (one Wi-Fi-only and one 3G-enabled) and one ridiculously cheap non-touch version.
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