May 9, 2021

Roundup: Amazon Introduces a New Kindle, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Serials, and More During News Conference

UPDATE: All new Kindle Fire models are ad-supported (via The Verge)
The Kindle Paperwhite will offer both ad-supported  and ad-free versions. Btw, these ads are called “Special Offers” by Amazon.com

UPDATE 2: More on the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite Lock Screen Ads from ars technica and PC Week.

UPDATE 3 : Engadget is reporting that the Kindle ads CAN be turned off. However, they are not yet providing details about how this will work.

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First, News Releases From Amazon:

+ Introducing the New Kindle Paperwhite, the Most Advanced E-Reader Ever Constructed

+ Amazon Takes on the High-End—Introducing the New Kindle Fire HD Family

+ Audible and Amazon Introduce “Immersion Reading” and “Whispersync for Voice”—Two Momentous Steps Forward for Reading

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An Amazon.com press conference just concluded in Santa Monica with a slew of product announcements from Jeff Bezos.

Here’s a rundown of some of what was discussed at the event that I’ve synthesized live blog feeds on MarketingLand (Danny Sullivan), The Verge, News.com, and AllThingsD.

  • The new “paperwhite” Kindle will sell for $179 (3G version), $119 for (Wi-Fi only version). Ships October 1st.
    • Also, an improved basic Kindle will ship September 17th, $69.
    • Double the RAM
    • Longer Battery Life
  • Over 3.5 million Kindle Singles sold, 35 have reached the Kindle top 50.
  • Launch of Kindle Serials (8 Serials Available at Launch), By Once Automatically Get New Material. Interact with Authors as They Write
    $1.99 per serial. (More About Serials)
  • Updated Kindle Fire Announced (More RAM, Faster Chip); $159, Ships September 14th
  • New: Kindle Fire HD (7 Inch and 8.9 Inch Screens Available)
    • Price: 7 Inch ($199 Ships, September 14th)
    • Price 8.9 Inch Screen ($299, Ships November 20th)
      • Dual Speakers (Software from Dolby) (More About Kindle Fire Audio)
      • Two Antennas
      • MIMO Technology
      • Amazon Claims Wi-Fi is Fastest With Kindle HD vs iPad and Nexus
      • 16GB Hard Drive
      • HDMI Out
      • Bi-Modal Reading with WhisperSync for Voice (Sync Selected Audiobooks, from Audible with Text of eBook)
      • WhisperSync For Games
      • “X-Ray” Technology For Movies

        • As You Watch a Movie,  Learn About Actors on Screen.
        • Taken to Their IMDB (Amazon property) page.
        • More About X-Ray for Movies
      • E-Mail Access
        • Now with Exchange Support
      • Multiple Profiles
      • Kindle “Free Time”
        • Set Limits on How Much Time Kids/Others Can Use Device (Reading, Games, etc.)
      • Also New: Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE ($499, Ships November 20th)
        • Data Plan For Device ($50/month)
        • 250 MB/Month
        • 20 GB Storage
        • $10 Amazon Appstore Credit

Commentary

Early Thoughts and Questions from the Kindle Announcement
By Jeremy Greenfield at Digital Book World
Upgraded Kindle Fire Now $159, New “HD” Tablets Also Aggressively Priced
By Greg Sterling at MarketingLand

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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