Latest version of Amazon’s 6″ Kindle starts at just $139 Kindle 6" has a new version of the 6″ Kindle coming out soon. The new Kindle DX was released just 3 weeks ago. The price is new too – even lower, $139 for the WiFi-only model and $189 for the 3G+Wi-Fi model. Wow. Wonder when the B&N nook will get a price cut?

This model has a new E-ink display like in the Kindle DX, is lighter (8.5oz), has 2x the memory (4GB), voice navigation (say “next page”), and 21% smaller.

This latest Kindle ships in less than a month on Aug 27th.

Amazon’s newest Kindle DX is more than $100 cheaper

2010 Kindle has a new version of the Kindle DX. It’s the bigger brother of the regular Kindle.  The most obvious difference is that the Kindle DX has a 9.7″ E-ink screen while the Kindle has a 6″ display.

So what’s new in the new DX? Here’s the rundown:

  • 50% better contrast
  • can be read in direct sunlight
  • now in charcoal graphite color
  • free 3G wireless, globally too
  • battery life is now rated at 1 week with wireless on
  • And the biggest change has to be that they dropped the price to $379 (from $489)

Wow, just realized that there are now over 600,000 books in the Kindle Store. Remember when it was still at 170k? Hmm… maybe B&N needs to make a nook DX?!

Ships today (July 7 2010).

Buy now!
Price: $379
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

CES 2010: Blio eReader is Free Software-Only Reader – Why It May Be Important

While we were inundated with hardware eReaders at CES, Blio took an intermediate step and made a (free) software eReader than can run on laptops, netbooks, desktops, tablets and even iPhones and iPods.

blio bookstoreDesigned in part by inventor Ray Kurzweil, the Blio is a free piece of software that you can download for your Windows machine, and that opens up and displays eBooks in full-color with options such as 3D page turning, text only mode for smaller displays, read aloud (text-to-speech), and note annotation. The Blio reader also supports audio, video and interactive media when embedded eBooks.

Blio will also be accompanied by the Blio Bookstore allowing you to add titles to your own virtual personal library that is accessible regardless of where you are or what device you’re on. The Blio Bookstore boasts over 1.2 million titles which they claim is more than any other eBookstore.

Blio reminds me a great deal of Zinio‘s excellent software reader for their electronic magazines.

Our Take
I think they’re onto something here, as well as multi-screen eReader manufacturers like Spring Design (Alex) and enTourage (eDGe), because want fewer devices, not more. Of course, peoples’ needs differ, so in my case when I travel I’m never without my laptop, so I would much rather my laptop be able to read eBooks. Blio fits the bill here.

On the other hand, my laptop is still a tad bit heavy and warm to hold open in bed, but I’m always wanting to surf the Web, but doing so in grayscale isn’t as satisfying which is why I feel those dual-screen readers are appealing and have potential. In the end, it does boil down to your own personal preferences, and you may still elect to walk around with both a laptop/netbook and a thin eReader.

CES 2010: Plastic Logic and Skiff Join the eReader Club

Two more vendors join what promises to become a crowded field this year – Plastic Logic and Skiff.

Plastic Logic who had previously announced their QUE proReader, premiered it at CES and says it’s aimed at business professionals. The QUE has a shatterproof 8.5″x11″ plastic touchscreen display, is 0.33″ thick and weighs 1lb.

It displays PDF, Word, Excel and Powerpoint docs and can check e-mail from Outlook. It connects to the Net via WiFi and 3G. With 2 models starting at $649, Plastic Logic faces a tough battle with the likes of the Kindle, Nook and others.

plastic logic que e-reader

CES 2010: enTourage eDGe – Dual-Screen Netbook and eReader

entourage edgeAs we predicted, here’s another eBook reader. The eDGe from enTourage is not just an e-reader, but a netbook, notepad and A/V recorder/player. It is also unique in that it is a dual-screen device.

Includes a SD card, USB flash drive and WiFi. The eReader screen is a 9.7″ diagonal with a resolution of 1200 x 825 pixels, while the color touchscreen for the netbook is a 10.1″ diagonal 1024×600 pixel screen.

The netbook includes an audio recorder to capture lectures for later playback or sharing. It also has a video camera to record still images or movies as MP4s or 3GP files. You can plug in headphones or a microphone or use the built in speaker and recorder.

eDGe™ runs the Google Android OS with 3GB of memory and has future support for 3G using an EVDO or HSDPA mobile modem.

Available in Feb 2010 for $490.

Kindle now with International wireless

The 6″ Amazon Kindle e-reader is now available (today) for use overseas with free wireless where available. Note that this is not the larger Kindle DX, but the same 6″ US reader with International support in over 100 countries. The Kindle store features over 350,000 titles plus magazines, blogs and worldwide newspapers.

The international version costs only $20 more than the US version, so this is the better device for US folks that travel a lot. Click the link to see the countries supported.

Here’s a quick recap of the main features: 6″ diagonal E-Ink screen, stores approx 1500 books (2GB), weighs 10.2oz, USB 2.0, battery lasts up to 4 days with wireless on.

Buy now!
More info from the manufacturer
Price: $279.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Barnes & Noble eReader may run Android

The folks at Gizmodo are saying that the upcoming eReader from Barnes & Noble will run Android. If that’s true, I’ll be thrilled. As a ‘power user’ at minimum, I always want my electronics devices to be more than just appliances. I want them to be computers, that can be modified and updated and hacked. Having the OS be Android will open up the possibilities for the eReader to have a long and useful life that doesn’t absolutely depend on just being an eReader. Kudos B&N. This will also put Android to the test as more that just a cell phone OS.

Kindle 2 e-reader announced by Amazon

Amazon announced version 2 of the Kindle today, which will ship on February 24, 2009. Kindle 2 has a slew of improvements over the first Kindle such as:

  • Just over 1/3″ thick
  • Light: 10.2 oz (less than a paperback)
  • 3G wireless (and Amazon pays for the wireless bill!)
  • Improved e-ink display: 16 shades of gray & easier to read in sunlight without glare
  • Greater storage: hold over 1500 books
  • Text-to-speech – books to audio
  • 25% longer battery life
  • Built-in Dictionary

You can pre-order your Kindle 2 right now. You may remember that the 1st Kindle was in such high demand that many people simply did not get theirs. Their orders will be automatically converted to Kindle 2s without any action or additional costs on their part.

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