Wednesday, September 28, 2011

4 New Ones Baby!

And finally, we get what all devote readers have been looking  forward to.  Not just one new ereader, but four.  Three new designs and constructions, yet all the same 6" screen, with exception of the Kindle Fire color at 7".  Seems like Amazon has taken B&N's challenge and matched it (Margins and all). I'm glad to see the new ereaders finally, but where is the 8" screens and this fabeled tablet, that was going to rival IPAD sales? Not this season you say?  Well, there are many more months until X-Mass.  I think that Amazon is still holding a few tricks up their sleeve, before the big holiday season.  

And what is with all of these new readers having "Special Offers"? (Ack)  Update: For a few more $$ you can eliminate those pesky "Offers" ads.  They can keep the offers and give me one that doesn't resemble a billboard, thank you very much.  Other than that, sign me up with the little one and the Touch-Kindle.

If pre-orders are handled anything like last year, you only have a certain amount of time to get in, before the first batch of orders for the advertised November ship-date is closed.  After that, it will just be a small amount of waiting before the next batch gets shipped.    

I just ordered the Kindle Touch Wifi Without Special Offers (thank you very much) and the smaller Kindle Wifi w/ offers for $79 (it's a tide over until the Touch ships).  If you are willing to wait, get the Touchscreen.  There is much more offered with this version (Audio, 2month battery, & lot's of space).  I'll report back once I get the $79 Special in my hot little hands.
"We're excited to introduce an all-new Kindle family: three all-new Kindle e-readers that are smaller, lighter, and more affordable than ever before, and Kindle Fire - a new class of Kindle that brings the same ease-of-use and deep integration of content that helped Kindle re-invent reading - to movies, TV shows, music, magazines, apps, books, games, and more.

1-Fits In Your Pocket-Only $79

The new latest generation Kindle is for readers who want the lightest, most compact Kindle at an incredible price. The latest generation Kindle features a new design that is 30 percent lighter at just 5.98 ounces, 18 percent smaller, and turns pages 10 percent faster. Kindle is now small and light enough to fit easily in your pocket and carry with you everywhere, yet it still features the same 6-inch, most advanced electronic ink display that reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight.

Kindle is available starting today at

2-"Kindle Touch"-Only $99

Kindle Touch is a new addition to the Kindle family with an easy-to-use touch screen that makes it easier than ever to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes - still with all the benefits of the most advanced electronic ink display. Kindle Touch is also lighter, smaller, eliminates battery anxiety with extra-long battery life and holds thousands of books.

Kindle Touch is available to customers in the U.S. for pre-order starting today at and ships November 21.

3-"Kindle Touch 3G" -Only $149

Kindle Touch 3G is a new addition to the Kindle family for readers who want the top of the line e-reader. Kindle Touch 3G offers the same new design and features of Kindle Touch - small and light, easy-to-use touch screen, storage for thousands of books, and extra-long battery life - with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G. Kindle's free 3G connection means you never have to hunt for or pay for a Wi-Fi hotspot - you simply download and read books anytime, anywhere in over 100 countries around the world. Amazon pays for the 3G connection so there's no monthly fee or annual contract.

Kindle Touch 3G is available to customers in the U.S. for pre-order starting today at and ships November 21.

All three new Kindle e-readers also come with special offers and sponsored screensavers that appear when you're not reading. (ah crap) Customers enjoy special money-saving offers delivered wirelessly, including discounts on local services, products, and experiences from AmazonLocal, Amazon's local deals marketplace. Customers can also choose to purchase a Kindle without special offers and sponsored screensavers.

4-"Kindle Fire"-Only $199

Kindle Fire is a new addition to the Kindle family that offers instant access to Amazon's massive selection of digital content, Amazon's revolutionary cloud-accelerated browser, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, Whispersync, 14.6 ounce design that's easy to hold with one hand, brilliant color touchscreen, and a fast and powerful dual core processor -all for only $199.

Kindle Fire puts Amazon's incredible selection of digital content at your fingertips - enjoy over 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, and magazines in vibrant color.

Customers in the U.S. can pre-order Kindle Fire starting today at and it ships November 15."


  1. Ok wow I knew they were going to be coming out with a touch, but four new ones to throw at us is amazing!

    Anyway, you will have to a review to us once you get you touch and let me know what you really think of it. If it is awesome and has a better system to run on then the nook touch, I will have to get myself one.

  2. Yeah I'm liking what I'm seeing, but no fabled tablet.

    The Touch doesn't get delivered until late November, but the $79 Kindle is almost ready to be shipped. I should have it sometime in the next week. I'll report back when I get it.

    The cheaper keyboardless Kindle is a stripped down version w/o audio (which I never used) and smaller battery and memory. I'm thinking that is why its so light. It would be even lighter if it was a touch w/o the toggle and buttons.

    The 5-way toggle and buttons look as if they can be cumbersome. I let ya'll know.

    From the pics I've seen online, it seems the annoyingly huge margins are not inherent in Amazon's Touch, just as it wasn't in the previous Kindles. It must be just Nook thing.

    What issues have you run into with your Nook? The construction seems very similar, which is great, because that is the one thing I liked with the Nook Touch.

  3. I desperately want a Kindle, but I'm finding myself confused by the now huge number of choices. What are your thoughts on these in comparison to the basic Kindle? How are the battery lives? The new one's seem really small. Do you find yourself squinting at the smaller screens?

  4. Yes there are definitely lots out for you to choose from.

    My recommendation is to get the Kindle 4 (Basic) w/o Ads, if you want something just for reading.

    The Touch is cool concept, but I don't the execution is all the way there yet. It's pretty much hit or miss on whether you can perform a action the first time with the Touch. It's plenty frustrating and time consuming.

    My Cons listed under the new Touch are pretty much everything its not compared to the K4.

    In regards to the size of the screen, all the screens (Kindle 1-4 & Touch) are all the same size 6". The only thing that has changed is the enclosure. Font and spacing can be changed with all of them as well, so no not hard to see, depending on what you have it set to.

    My suggestion would be to check out any Kindle to see if you like reading from it.

  5. Ah ok, knowing the screen size is actually the same does make a difference. I'm interested only in reading, I have the iPad if I want to do anything else, and after a few months of playing with the toy the only thing I use it for is reading anyhow. I will have to head to the store to really check them out, but I think you're right, at least to start, a K4 sounds like the way to go. Thanks for the info!

    I also had no idea you could buy water proof covers. Would be nice to read in the tub, but a clutz like me wouldn't dare...

  6. No problem. And as for waterproof covers, Ziplock bags work perfect. The K4 fits into a Quart size bag, but all others (including Touch) will require a Gallon sized bag. I've had 4 Kindles and I've never had any issue with moisture seeping into the bag or damage besides dropping my K3 consistently.

    The Kindle is pretty durable, so dropping it a few times is usually not a problem. The only one that I ever had trouble keeping in my hands is the K3 and it only damaged the casing.

  7. Oh, by the way, if you do end up getting the K4 with Ads and decide that you rather have them without, you can always call Amazon to make the switch. It's super fast and easy to do because it can be changed electronically when you connect wirelessly. It might be something to try to see if you don't mind, and save $30.

    Another thing to keep in mind about the K4 is that it only has Wifi, no 3G. This is problem or concern for some, but not for me, so I've opted for the wifi only on my last 3 Kindles.