Amazon announces new Kindle

new_kindleIf you had looked at the Kindle product page over the last few days, you might have noticed that the basic Kindle was sold out. That tends to be somewhat unusual as they are generally consistently in stock. So maybe, combined with the rumors of a new device, it is really not that much of a surprise that today, Amazon announced an all-new Kindle with some pretty nifty features.

  • The new Kindle comes in both black and white. We haven’t had a white Kindle here in the US for a while.
  • The new device is slightly smaller and lighter than the previous model. It also has a slightly more rounded design
  • The new Kindle has 4GB of storage and twice the memory of the old one (it now has 512MB).
  • The device is Bluetooth enabled. This is an added accessibility feature¬†that readers who are visually impaired can use the VoiceView feature to navigate and read the on-screen content without the need for an adaptor. Hopefully, we will also see more Bluetooth compatible feature in the future – I want a foot switch for page turns so I can read and eat pizza! ūüôā
  • Over the coming weeks, Amazon will be adding an Export Notes feature. ¬†This will enable users to export their notes to a PDF file that can be printed out or exported to a spreadsheet.

Best of all, the price for the new Kindle is still $79.99 (with special offers, $89.99 without special offers). The new Kindle is available for pre-order now and is also being offered for 5 monthly payments of $16.00 payment plan. The e-reader will ship within the next few weeks.

Unlike the Kindle Paperwhite, the new Kindle does not have a built in light. Amazon also announced that the Paperwhite would also be available in white.

Daily Links and Deals: Fans to Amazon: Either Leave “Perfect” Kindle Alone or Make It an iPad

daily_links_1In today’s links, fan reactions to the upcoming new Kindle, a library program that lends musical instruments, phone upgrade fees and more. In deals, you can find savings on SanDisk memory products and oodles of Kindle sales still going on.

Daily Links for day, April 1, 2016:

Fans to Amazon: Either Leave “Perfect” Kindle Alone or Make It an iPad (Inverse) A look at the various reactions and speculations about the upcoming new Kindle.

Toronto Public Library creates city’s 1st musical instrument lending program (CBC News) ¬†This is a wonderful idea for a program! Here’s to a library of things!

Hyperlinking to unlawfully published copyright images is still legal, says top European judge (PC World) And sanity prevails…. Making linking illegal would be insane.

AT&T charging $20 upgrade fee even when you bring your own phone (Ars Technica) Um… This is just a tad bit greedy, don’t you think?

Call Sweden’s national number and talk to a random Swede now (Engadget) I am checking my Skype credits right now. I want to talk Nanne Gr√∂nvall songs.¬†Who knows the words to¬†¬†H√•ll om mig?

Cookie Monster Bemoans Lack of Apple Watch in Commercial ‚ÄėOuttakes‚Äô (ReCode) These outtakes are better than the original commercial!¬†

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Bird Box: A Novel by Josh Malerman for $1.99.

In¬†Today’s Deals, there’s a Yamaha TSR-5790BL 7.2-Channel AV Receiver w/4K Ultra HD and Bluetooth offered via Woot. Also featured is a promotion on SanDisk memory cards, sticks and drives.¬†

There are still plenty of Kindle and Fire deals as well: You can still save on the Fire HD 6, pre-owned Fire tablets,  15% off Fire TV models, and the great  Kindle Deals for customers with Amazon Prime. The 16 GB version on the 7″ Fire is $59.99! (That up $5 from yesterday, but still less than the original price of $69.99.)

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day¬†by Leanne Brown for $1.99. (A note about this book: This is a cookbook geared towards people on tight budgets, particularly those on SNAP/Food Stamp benefits, where one is expected to eat on $4 a day. For every copy purchased, a copy is given to someone in need. She also offers a shorter, free PDF version on her website for those who need it. You’ll also find recipes and more information about the Good and Cheap project.)¬† The Romance Daily Find is¬†Married ’til Monday (Chapel Springs Series #4)¬†by Denise Hunter for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is¬†Born of Shadows –¬†The League (Book #5)¬†by Sherrilyn Kenyon for $2.99.

In case you  missed it, Kobo is running several promotions. Through April 11, get 3 ebooks for the price of 2 (terms and conditions apply). You can get free shipping on any Kobo e-reader through April 13, 2016. And, until April 18, select Romantic Times winners & nominees are on sale for under $3.

iTunes‚Äô Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Lady Macbeth by Susan Fraser King for $1.99. This is an interesting take on Lady Macbeth’s side of the story.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Bezos announces new Kindle

Today, Jeff Bezos himself let the world know that there is a new Kindle coming:

The fun is already starting on the speculation on this one. The phrase “top of the line” hints at at a new Kindle Voyage model. There has been speculation for a while about a¬†Voyage 2 model.

On the other hand, the lasted iteration of the Paperwhite  is the one with the generation number, not the Voyage.

I find it somewhat interesting that the announcement by Jeff Bezos (unusual in itself) comes the same day as Amazon is offering big discounts on current Kindle models. Today, if you subscribe to Amazon Prime, then you get $30 off the basic Kindle, thePaperwhite and the Kindle Voyage.

I was considering buying a new Paperwhite (today’s savings are great!) but now I am not sure. I didn’t buy a Voyage because the improvements were not enough to make me pull the trigger on a new one.

People are already making wish lists for the new models. Do you want to see better fonts, the return of text-to-speech, a bigger or better screen. Are you interested in the newest shiny thing or are you happy with what you’ve got? What’s on your Kindle wishlist?