The new Kindle Scribe adds notetaking and a pen

Today, Amazon announced its new Kindle device, the Kindle Scribe. The device is the first e-ink Kindle to add writing capabilities to its reading features and is obviously geared towards competing with tablets like the Remarkable, the Kobo Elipsa and the Onyx Boox Note Air 2 Plus.

While I personally own (and love) my generation one Remarkable tablet, as someone who is heavily invested in the Amazon/Kindle ecosystem, after a quick look at the specs, I jumped on the chance to pre-order this device with the front-lit display being the main selling feature since that is a feature the Remarkable does not have.

The Kindle Scribe is a 10.2-inch, 300 pixels per inch (ppi) device with a Paperwhite display. It features an auto-adjusting front light. Purchase of the device includes pen that never needs charging.

Purchase options include choice of 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB of storage. You also have the choice of either the Basic Pen or Premium Pen, which includes an eraser and customizable shortcut button. Additional Pen Replacement tips (nibs) for the pen are also available.

Additional features include:

  • a variety of templates, including to-do lists for tracking tasks and lined paper for meeting notes
  • comes with a Basic or Premium pen option (replacement pens are also sold separately)
  • digital sticky notes to easily add handwritten notes

Plans for future connectivity are already in the works. According to Amazon:

All notebooks are automatically saved and backed up to the cloud for free, and, coming in early 2023, they will also be accessible via the Kindle app.

With the Send-to-Kindle feature, you can import personal documents from your computer or phone to Kindle Scribe and write directly on PDF documents. You can also import and create handwritten sticky notes in Microsoft Word documents, web articles, and other document formats with adjustable font sizes and layout. From early 2023, you will be able to send documents to Kindle Scribe directly from within Microsoft Word.

Also available are covers for the Kindle Scribe in various colors and materials. The covers can be be folded to support the device at different reading angles. Leather covers are available in Black and Burgundy. Premium leather covers can be pre-ordered in Dark Emerald and Tungsten. Currently, fabric covers are available for pre-order in pink, denim and black colors. As of yet, there are no third-party covers available for the Kindle Scribe.

Kindle Scribe is available for pre-order for a November30, 2022 release date. Prices start at $339 depending on size and pen bundle configuration and some customers may be offered monthly payment options (I was). For a limited time, Kindle Scribe comes with a free, four-month Kindle Unlimited membership (some terms apply). You can learn more on the pre-order page.

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