The $99 Kindle Touch is now available for preorder. It ships November 21st, 2011.
Kindle Touch is here and it’s just $99
Mr. Bezos introduces the Kindle Touch.
- It has an IR Touch System.
- There’s something called Easy Reach. So the Tap Areas for various functions like Previous Page and Next Page and Menu are different and supposedly easier.
- The lack of physical buttons is disconcerting.
- A new contextual reading feature called X-Ray. It takes information from Shelfari.
- Built-in Wikipedia – Now it’s stored on your Kindle Touch.
- Mr. Bezos talking about what would happen if Kindle were $99. Will Kindle Touch be less than $100?
- Yes, Kindle Touch is $99. That’s a very impressive price.
Various Interesting Snippets from Kindle Tablet Event
- The $199 price for the Kindle Fire got leaked around 15 minutes before the event actually started.
- The $99 Kindle price got leaked too – though the claims were $79.
- Reports that B&N’s Nook Color has been cut to $224 to compete. However, I don’t find it on their site.
- Two point multi-touch screen. For comparison the iPad has 10-point multi-touch. On the other hand, Kindle Fire is just $199.
- It’s WiFi based with no 3G.
- There is no camera
Note: There’s some funny business going on at Amazon with Kindle related links. So new Kindles are likely to be here. There are rumors of a $79 Kindle.
Thanks to TechCrunch for some of the details of the Kindle Fire.
Jeff Bezos on why he thinks Kindle is working:
because Kindle is an end-to-end service, and I believe it is because we have been inventing and improving that service at a rapid pace for the last four years.”
Apparently that rapid pace doesn’t apply to the screen technology.
There was a graph shown of Kindle Books catching up with physical book sales in just 3 years.
First 12 or so minutes is all rehashing what we all already know. Even the Graph isn’t really new news.
Then, long section on Kindle Touch – listed above.
Well, there are two more Kindles.
Kindle Touch 3G for $149
Kindle Touch with 3G. $50 more.
This is the big deal. The really big deal.
- It’s for people who don’t need Touch. It doesn’t have a keyboard.
- It ships today. You can get the $79 Kindle at Amazon.
- It is less than six ounces in weight. 5.98 to be precise.
- Extra Long Battery Life – No specifics yet.
- Free Storage in the Amazon Cloud.
- Most Advanced eInk Display – presumably that means eInk Pearl.
- 18% smaller than Kindle 3.
- Faster page turns. Page turn buttons and no keyboard.
The price just destroys the competition. $79 is unreal. $99 for the Kindle Touch is pretty unreal too.