Kindle 4 Launch Date Imminent

Kindle 3 - One Last Look

Kindle 4 Will Launch In September 2011

I recently wrote a fairly lengthy hub on the state of the ebook reader market and why I believe that Amazon will shortly launch the Kindle 4 ebook reader. You can find it here if you like:

Kindle 4 Launch

However, I'm going to be a little more concise and to the point here:

The Kindle 4 will launch in September 2011.

You can stop reading now if you like.

However, if you're interested, I'm happy to go into a little more detail. I am speculating a little here - but there are some clear signs that Amazon is gearing up for the launch of the Kindle 4.

Kindle 4 Launch Indicators

The clear signal that Amazon is getting ready to pull the trigger on the Kindle 4 is the fact that the price of refurbished Kindles has dropped dramatically. Normally the price of refurbished Kindles is pegged at around $10 lower than the price of a new Kindle.

However, over the last couple of days, Amazon has dropped this significantly. The Wi-Fi model sells for $ 139. The price of a refurbished Wi-Fi model has now fallen to just $ 99.99. Why would Amazon do that?

Well, one possible explanation would be that Amazon are looking to reduce their stocks of the Kindle 3 in the run up to the launch of the Kindle 4. Speculation? Yes. A fanciful notion? No.

The last time that Amazon slashed the price of their refurbished Kindle stock was back in July of 2010 - one month before the launch of the Kindle 3. I believe that this is a clear signal that the Kindle 4 is on the way.

It will probably be available in September. Maybe it will be on a "pre-order" basis for shipping later - but the Kindle 4 will be available in some format very soon.

I could be wrong (I don't think so) - but if you were thinking about treating yourself to a Kindle, hanging on for another 3 or 4 weeks might not be a bad idea at the moment.

Alternatively, if you just want a very good ebook reader and aren't too worried about getting the very latest model, you could get yourself a good deal on the refurbished Kindles right now.

Further Kindle 4 Speculation And Rumors

What might be a little less certain than the launch date, is just what the new Kindle 4 will look like and what upgrades it will have.

Rumors in the industry seem to suggest that Amazon will launch two new Kindles. One will have a touch screen and there will be an entry level model, without touch screen, aimed at students. Other than that, details are a little sketchy.

Rumors regarding a launch for two Amazon tablets also continue to grow, with the general consensus being that they will hit the market in time for the Christmas gift giving bonanza.

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