For a while I’ve been watching the eBook reader market with interest. Not necessarily for myself, but my wife is an avid book reader, and only a truly amazing device would probably move her away from the paper variety.
Amazon’s Kindle was a start, but it relied on a limited 3G network arrangement in the UK (basically it was a US company providing it, so to keep costs down images, for instance, for newspapers were suppressed). However, it’s ability to easily download newspapers and magazines directly to the device was a real selling point.
On July 29th, Amazon.co.uk started taking pre-orders for the all-new Kindle featuring a new electronic-ink screen with 50 percent better contrast than any other e-reader, a new sleek design with 21 percent smaller body than the previous Kindle, while still keeping the same 6-inch-size reading area, and a 15 percent lighter weight. The all-new Kindle with wi-fi is available for £109 and with free 3G wireless and wi-fi for £149. Both of these prices are, I have to say, are amazingly good.
The UK Kindle Store features a vast selection of titles – including new releases and bestsellers. In addition, over 170 top UK and international newspapers and magazines are also available in the UK Kindle store for single purchase or subscription. All subscriptions are auto-delivered wirelessly to Kindle and start with a free 14-day trial.
The full of improvements in the new Kindle are…
- All-New, High-Contrast E-Ink Screen – 50% better contrast than any other e-reader
- Read in Bright Sunlight – No glare
- New and Improved Fonts – New crisper, darker fonts
- New Sleek Design – 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6″ size reading area
- 15% Lighter – Only 247 grams, weighs less than a paperback
- Battery Life of One Month – A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off
- Double the Storage – Up to 3,500 books
- Books in 60 seconds – Download books anytime, anywhere
- Free 3G Wireless – No monthly payments, no annual contracts
- Built-In Wi-Fi – In addition to the 3G wireless, you can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots
- 20% Faster Page Turns – Seamless reading
- Enhanced PDF Reader – With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights
- New WebKit-Based Browser – Free 3G web browsing (experimental)
If you’ve been interested in an eBook reader and haven’t yet “taken the plunge” then I think this is an excellent time to finally give it a try.