The Kindle Touch will start at $99 and will offer users the interactive experience of other touchscreen eReaders, such as the recently updated Nook and the Sony Reader, but at a lower price. The device will use the same Pearl E Ink screen as the current Kindles, though Amazon promises the new edition will turn pages 10 percent faster than its predecessors.
The touch-friendly Kindle will feature touch zones, called EasyReach, that creates a small page-back tap zone on the left side of the page, allowing users to tap anywhere else to turn the page forward. The device also features a new content locator, called X-Ray, which summons a pop-up screen after the name of a character or phrase within in a book is tapped. The pop-up houses an “X-Ray” button that will sequentially reference all mentions to the character or phrase within the book when pressed. The X-Ray feature is a function that Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, claims will allow readers to see “the bones of the book.”
The Kindle Touch will most likely be one of the Kindle with Special Offers devices, which have ads and offers on their screensavers and home pages. Those interested in an ad-free eReader can purchase the Kindle Touch 3G, which will retail for $149 with preorders beginning today. Both eReaders will ship on November 21.
For those not interested in a touch-based eReader, Amazon revealed a third Kindle model, this time with buttons. This $79 Kindle will weigh in just under six ounces and will be 18 percent smaller than the Kindle 3. The latest device will feature faster page turns, though it appears this model won’t have the X-Ray aspect like its touchscreen cousin. Orders and shipping for the latest Kindle will begin today.
Amazon will also take its first dip into the tabletsphere with the Kindle Fire. Read the full story here for all of the details.