Amazon announced an all-new Kindle today, a remodel of the company’s most affordable model. The new kindle is thinner, lighter, and offers twice the memory as the previous generation for the same price. That price is only $79.99 at them moment. The new Kindle is offered in both black or white, which should please fans that miss the white version of the popular reader.
“Tens of millions of readers around the world have Kindle e-readers and today, we’re excited to make our most affordable Kindle even better, while keeping the same breakthrough price point,” said Arthur van Rest, General Manager, Kindle. “With a thinner and lighter design, twice the memory, and all the features customers love about Kindle, it has never been a better time to be a reader.”
The new Kindle also features a more rounded design, which the company states should make it easier and more comfortable to hold in one hand for extended periods of time. Unlike reflective tablet and smartphone screens, the high contrast touchscreen display on Kindle eliminates glare in any setting, even in direct sunlight.
According to this morning’s announcements, recent studies have shown that evening exposure to blue light from backlit screens like tablets and smartphones can suppress the body’s production of melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps the body fall asleep. Because the Kindle display emits no light, you can read anytime without losing sleep. Like all Kindle e-readers, the all-new Kindle has a battery life that lasts for weeks and not hours.
The device also supports Export Notes, making it easier to export notes and highlights from a book to your e-mail. You will receive your notes both as an easily printable PDF, and as a simple file you can open in your favorite spreadsheet app. This feature will be available as part of a free, over-the-air software update in the coming weeks.
Built-in Bluetooth audio for accessibility is a first for the Kindle line. The device is the first with built-in Bluetooth audio support, this will make it possible for visually impaired users to use the VoiceView screen reader on Kindle to read the content of the screen—including reading books and other Kindle content—without the need for an adaptor. This is enabled through a new out-of-box experience specifically for visually-impaired customers that allows them to pair their Kindle with Bluetooth headphones or a speaker.
Another feature is the Chinese Word Wise Hints, users can choose between English and Simplified Chinese Word Wise hints by changing the language in Word Wise settings. The Personalized Home Screen adds an updated interface and navigation to the device as well.
There are also a few more updates that users should enjoy including new fonts, weeks of battery life, a no set-up required start, Whispersync enabled, worry-free archive and the Goodreads feature that offers book recommendations. Users will also get to enjoy X-Ray—Explore, share their family library, use Kindle FreeTime and the share features.
The all-new Kindle is $79.99 and is available for pre-order around the world and will start shipping in the coming weeks. Pre-order now at amazon.com/kindle.