The third generation Kindle has just been announced, due for delivery 27 August. There will be two variations of the new Kindle – a US$189 3G version like the present model, and a US$139 WiFi-only model.
And according to this NBR story, the Kindle will finally ship to New Zealand with the new device’s release. We’ve been mysteriously Kindle-free for almost a year since Kindle’s widespread international release.
The Kindle ebooks have been available to New Zealand buyers since late last year. I’ve been a regular buyer via my iPod Touch and now iPad.
The new Kindle is 21 percent smaller and 15 percent lighter than the previous model. It has a 20 percent faster refresh rate on its E Ink screen, longer battery life (1 month without wireless, 10 days with wireless on), and a larger 4GB storage. It comes in white and a slate grey. Endgadget briefly got their hands on the gadget and report that:
… the Kindle is still very much the reading device you know and love (or hate, depending on your preferences). The build quality and materials used did seem slightly more polished than the previous version, and we really liked the new, more subtle rocker. We can also attest to screen refreshes and overall navigation feeling noticeably more responsive and snappy compared with the previous generation.
The US$139 price point of the WiFi model might be the final push the market needs to get below the US$100 mark for basic models such as the Kobo or BeBook One. The latter is still a ridiculously expensive A$449 for a non-WiFi e-Ink reader. It’s a perfectly good eReader but it’s hard to see how the smaller independent makers like BeBook can survive when they remain so far out of line with market trends.