September 29, 2011

A $79 Kindle?!

In all the hoopla yesterday about the announcement of Amazon's new tablet, the Kindle Fire, there were only brief mentions that Kindle is also releasing different versions of the Kindle e-reader as well.  Yes, they're still selling and supporting my good old 3rd Generation Kindles (now referred to as "keyboard Kindles").

And yes, some of the new ones have touch screens.  Which is awesome.

But hey, don't forget about this guy.  This is the new basic Wi-Fi Kindle.  With "special offers" (read: ads for screensavers) this baby is only $79!  Now I'm not here to hawk Amazon's wares (though I am, of course an "Amazon Associate" which I signed up for in the hopes of paying for the domain name and maybe getting a little $ to donate to books for my school library, but so far...nada).  I don't care what e-reader you go for or if you go for an e-reader at all.  I personally like mine, but I still like books and audiobooks as well.  Reading is reading as far as I'm concerned.  Don't be a format snob.

But the point here is...$79!  That'll become the new base price for all basic e-readers.  We've broken the $100 barrier for these things, baby!  That's pretty cool.  Now they'll be in reach of many more folks.  I can see a lot of kids getting one of these for one of the many gift-giving holidays coming up (see what I did there?) and more schools being more able to try these kinds of things out (though I've heard B&N's Nook is a better fit with schools, I'm sure it's only a matter of time before their basic model is under $100 now as well).

Welcome to the not-to-distant-future!

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