Kindle – Smaller. Lighter, Faster

A new version of Amazon’s Kindle becomes available on 27 August. The Kindle has been Amazon’s best seller for two years running and with the new lower cost, wifi version they look to be aiming to stay in the market.

KindleSo what’s new about it?

  • All-New, High-Contrast E-Ink Screen – 50% better contrast than any other e-reader
  • Read in Bright Sunlight – No glare
  • New and Improved Fonts – New crisper, darker fonts
  • New Sleek Design – 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6″ size reading area
  • 17% Lighter – Only 8.5 ounces, weighs less than a paperback
  • Battery Life of Up to One Month – A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off
  • Double the Storage – Up to 3,500 Books
  • Built-In Wi-Fi – Shop and download books in less than 60 seconds
  • 20% Faster Page Turns – Seamless reading
  • Enhanced PDF Reader – With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights
  • New WebKit-Based Browser – Browse the web over Wi-Fi (experimental)

What particularly impressed my partner was the idea of being able to have her whole library on the device, and a battery life lasting a month. Being able to read outside would be a great point in the summer.

I was more impressed with the text-to-speech, and the fact that it will now,at last, be available for those of us in New Zealand. Thank You Amazon!


With the new design and the lower price tag will you be temped to get one?

Are you seeing any turning up in your classes?


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