In the wake of Amazon’s announcement of a three new Kindles, the current 3rd generation Kindle is getting a name change and a price drop.
The newly minted Kindle Keyboard with Special Offers has a new price tag of $99. While the 3G version currently retails for $139. The eReaders previously retailed for $139 and $189, respectively, at launch.
Amazon is lowering the price for the older models after the company revealed the Kindle Touch, the Kindle Touch 3G and the Kindle at a press conference in New York today. The Kindle Touch, the first touchscreen model in the Kindle clan, will feature faster page turns and a new X-Ray feature that pulls and stores Wikipedia pages for reference in relation to specific phrases or characters in a book. The touch-friendly device will retail for $99 and is available now for pre-order. Meanwhile it’s 3G counterpart will sell for $149 and is also available for pre-order.
The latest Kindle unveiled today will feature buttons and is available now for $79. Alas for those looking for a device capable of storing their favorite eBooks among other functions, Amazon announced the Kindle Fire, the first tablet from the online retailer.