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The New Cheaper Kindle

Updated on October 1, 2011

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.

The new basic Kindle is great for general use.
The new basic Kindle is great for general use.

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.


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      mr-burns 6 years ago

      I like it. A great offer. I really want one. Great hub

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      Marian L 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks for your comments - yes, Iggy, I agree it is a good cheap option for casual readers, and I think the price difference may just convince some people to buy it.

      Jen, yes, I also like the feel of books but particularly when travelling I think this is a great alternative where you don't pay too much and can read 'normal' books at home too :-)

      rednickle, I see what you are saying but the weight and size of this new small one would be a great bonus if you just want to take something say on a short journey, down by the pool or to read in bed at night.

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      rednickle 6 years ago from New Brunswick Canada

      Good piece even though i have never really been an ebook reader fan. I can't really phantom the idea of buying a gadget that can only read e books when you can buy an ipad for example that does this and other things

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      Great Info! Although I am old school when it comes to reading books, I want the pages to turn, the smell of an old rare find, and the proof of my bookmark of my accomplishment.

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      Iggy Falcone 6 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia

      It's a good, cheap option for casual readers, but in my opinion the improvements you you get by buying the Touch Wi-fi version instead are definitely worth the price difference. Won't be upgrading from my Kindle 3, though