At $139 this is $10 cheaper than the cheapest ebook reader from Barnes & Noble - nook. The Wi-Fi version of nook costs $149, while the one with 3G connectivity is $199. The corresponding Kindle versions are $10 cheaper. At least some analysts expect the price to drop to $99. Then there are some who expect Amazon to introduce color to the Kindle. Some expect the Kindle to evolve into a more general-purpose tablet-like device, to compete more effectively with the Apple iPad. Some expect the Kindle to retain its niche. And at least some expect the Kindle to not survive. Any which way you look at it, the competition is doing wonders for the customer, and for book readers.
|The Amazon.com home page, announcing the new Kindle, with a message from founder Jeff Bezos|
|Amazon.com Home page with the two versions of the new Kindle|
|Shipping estimate: Sep 04 (as on August 3rd)|
|The Wi-Fi version of the Kindle, sold out. Shipping estimate: Sep 08|
|Shipping Estimate: Sep 10|
|Shipping estimate: Sep 17th (as of Aug 22)|