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The New Cheaper Kindle
Amazon Release Cheap Kindle
So to add to the existing Kindles, the Kindle Wifi touch, the Kindle wifi keyboard, the Kindle 3G touch and the Kindle 3G keyboard, Amazon have now introduced a new version of the Kindle (and a cheaper one at that) that only costs $79.
With the other two types of Kindles (touch and keyboard) selling at a price of $99 for the Kindle wifi (touch and keyboard), $139 for the Kindle 3G keyboard and $149 for the Kindle 3G touch, this Kindle comes at a much more affordable price for the masses. In addition to that is the Kindle Fire which will be released in November 2011.
So the new Kindle is well placed at $79 to persuade more people to convert from traditional books to an eReader.
Why is the New Kindle Cheaper?
There are four main differences between the new Kindle and the existing ones on offer. The first is the hard drive space offered which in the cheap Kindle is 2Gb as compared to the 4Gb offered on the existing Kindles. However, 2Gb is enough to store 1,400 books which for me personally would be sufficient for all the books I am likely to read EVER! So really not a totally bad thing.
The second is the battery life which for this Kindle is less than the others. But still it will last for one month, reading for half an hour a day, with wireless turned off. Still no hardship to have to recharge the batteries every couple of weeks or so.
The third is the method of navigation. Instead of a touch screen navigation process, this kindle uses a 5 way controller. So a slight downgrade in the technology here.
The fourth is that there is no facility for audiobooks here (and no headphone jack) so if you like to occasionally listen to audiobooks then this may not be the one for you.
But it does offer a couple of advantages too - the new cheap Kindle is smaller and lighter than the existing ones and will fit in your pocket (maybe a biggish pocket I would think). So that is a great thing. And obviously with a price of $79 this brings it into a whole new marketplace.