Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Amazon Kindles an E-book Fire

The Kindle Fire tablet
Huge day today for the e-book world as Amazon has announced three new Kindles (links are to CNET I work at CNET, all opinions are my own):

- A $79 Kindle with Special Offers (and keyboard)
- A $99 Kindle Touch with WiFi
- A $149 Kindle Touch with 3G

And a tablet:

The Kindle Fire for $199, featuring a 7" display, Amazon's own Silk web brower, and wireless syncing of books and movies -- you can pause a movie on your TV and start watching on your Kindle Fire.

Huge implications: B&N is going to be feeling the heat as these are compelling e-ink reader prices (per Mashable their stock dropped 9% after Amazon's announcement), Apple is going to be feeling some pressure as there is finally a viable device that undercuts the iPad on price, and having now crossed that magical sub-$100 price point, methinks this is going to be a huge holiday season for e-readers.

Four new devices, one big day. E-readers and tablets are getting more affordable, and it's going to open up e-readers to new audiences.

What do you think of the new Kindles and the new Kindle Fire? Are you going to get one? (Or more?!)






56 comments:

Matthew MacNish said...

Dang it. I just bought an iPad.

Kai said...

Amazon is frickin brilliant! IBM used to do stuff like this in their hey day. Get a million users to love you and make everything proprietary so that they have to rely on you. Really smart.

KathySkaggsPoet said...

I'm definitely gonna check out the Kindle Fire. Don't know that I'll buy one, but I'm interested enough to look at it. $199!! Wow.

Claire M. Caterer said...

I'm drooling over ALL of them. I love my Kindle ($149, keyboard + WiFi, bought in December 2010). The Touch looks incredible, since the clunky keyboard is my one complaint with the current model. And the Fire? Wow! Want one! (Although, for reading books, I much prefer the e-ink to backlit.)

Cathy Yardley said...

I have my issues with Amazon but I can't help but covet a Kindle. Maybe now I'll finally grab one.

Ava Jae said...

I might actually check out the Kindle Fire. For $200 (which is what Apple charges for an iPod Touch which is significantly smaller than 7"), it'd definitely be worth at least taking a look at.

I think you're right. This could mean a great holiday season for e-readers.

Laurel said...

Those price points are very tempting, even for a hard core Macgirl. The advantage iPad still has is that I can read any of my ebooks on it. B&N, Amazon, ePubs, Apple.

What I'm wondering is if Kindle software will continue to be available to Mac users or if they will transition away from that.

Javid Suleymanli said...

I didn't like the design of kindles. but I would like to get a Kindle Fire.

Darley said...

Lots of choices, which is good for the consumer. And prices keep dropping. No excuse not to buy an ereader.

Creepy Query Girl said...

Ooooh shiny!!!

Mr. D said...

Just glad I didn't rush to buy the first one that came out. Or the second. Or the competing one. Or the second competing one. Or the third one. Or...

Rex Kusler said...

The day will come when you can get a Kindle free with the purchase of $100 worth of e-books.

SBJones said...

As long as they keep it an eReader first and a tablet second, it will do fine. If they try to market it as an iPad killer, it will fail.

Sarah said...

What's the word on the Kindle Fire as an ereader? If it's gentle on the eyes for long reading stints, that's a really tempting offer.

Anthony said...

I will certainly migrate to a Touch.

I already poke at my Kindle screen thinking it's like my phone, and then sit there for a second wondering why it didn't do anything.

ashelynn hetland said...

I'm happy with my iPad. I love that I can read eGalleys on it, plus have Kindle and Nook. And iBooks, but I don't normally buy books from Apple. Plus I use it for my writing. So no, I won't be buying a Kindle anything.

Stephanie {Luxe Boulevard} said...

Truthfuly, my vote is that ebooks become obsolete. I like sitting here with my paperback, flipping through pages, smelling it all. Technology ruins everything!

Maya said...

Amazon is like the Borg and they are slowly but surely taking over!

sheribomb said...

I have an older 3G Kindle (the last light-colored one they made) and it still works great, so I haven't had much incentive to replace my e-ink ereader. The new Kindle Fire would fill a niche in my gadget collection. At that price, I think I'm going to have to get one. :)

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I am seriously going to have to re-think Christmas this year.

#thanksforthegreatpost!

Kristin Laughtin said...

I probably won't get one, as I'm still very satisfied with the Kindle 3 I got last Christmas. It'll probably last a while, too, as I'm slow to replace unbroken technology. (I still have a 2GB Ipod Nano from when those were new!) However, these look really cool, especially the Touch features. The Fire would be a definite consideration if I were looking to get a tablet, although I would miss the e-ink of my current Kindle. Thanks for sharing.

Leah said...

I already have and love my Kindle Keyboard (as they're calling it now), but the sexy new silver Kindles look sweet.

Seriously considering picking up a Kindle Fire this Christmas. Tablets are finally dropping to a reasonable price range. My phone already does everything a tablet can do--it'd just be nice to have a bigger screen. For $200, plus possibly dropping my Netflix/Hulu subs to pick up Amazon Prime, I can almost justify that.

Ben Campbell said...

So much tech, so little time. I'll purchase the Kindle Fire 2 when it arrives early next year.

D.G. Hudson said...

Kindle prices are becoming more reasonable, attracting the second wave of purchasers, including late adopters and schools with reading programs, etc. It should be interesting to see how the state of the economy will affect purchasing as everyone begins to vie for those holiday dollars.

I might buy the $99 or $149 model for a gift. Anyone traveling a lot can use a distraction to avoid staring at their fellow travelers. That's daily for commuters.

Very good timing by Amazon as we watch the ereader guys battle it our for supremacy. Will we as consumers benefit?

Perhaps.

I'll most likely be checking out the indie stores for my books. It's more fun.

Anonymous said...

I think it's interesting that they keep coming out with new devices when the old ones we have aren't even old yet.

I also think it's interesting these devices are selling, too.

But what I find truly amazing is that we're supposedly in a depressed economy and people still find ways to buy these toys. Credit card debt? Mortgage default? Student loans? I could go on...

If I didn't have two e-readers and a tablet, I think I would buy one. But there comes a point where enough is enough already.

cwsherwoodedits said...

We're already a two Kindle (3) family--my 11 year old daughter and I both use ours for most of the books we read. I'm buying the $79 model today, in hopes my husband will join in, or at least I'll be able to read on mine when he takes forever on his Kindle Scrabble turn.

I will be asking for a Kindle Fire for Christmas...

Reagan Philips said...

I just got my kindle a month ago! (it's a Christmas gift--yes, for this Christmas--so I've already started Christmas shopping, so what?)

Anyway, I love it, but I'll still look into the others and maybe for next Christmas I'll get another...

Len Lambert said...

Brilliant! These devices are really good for people who are always on the go!

Carmen Webster Buxton said...

I have a K3 3G(guess it's now a Kindle Keyboard?) but I just pre-ordered a Kindle Touch 3G (having a 3G ereader is like having an ice maker; it's hard to go backwards). My excuse is that my husband can use whichever one I like least. The touch navigation looks really nice, but on the other hand, I really like being able to read one-handed.

Taylor Napolsky said...

I already have a Kindle and I love it. But the kindle touch is tempting. I hate typing on my current Kindle.

Mira said...

Okay, that does it. I need to buy stock in Amazon.

I got a Kindle for my b-day!! It's too awesome. I still like my I-phone Kindle for the backlighting, but I mooches the Kindle for everything else.

Amazon really is driving this thing. Forward thinking company.

Flurple said...

I still have my old second gen kindle, and it still works so I've been having trouble justifying buying a new one, but that kindle fire for $199 might just break me. I've been wanting a tablet, and being able to watch movies from my instant video library on it would be so cool. And I can give my old kindle to my sister and pretend it's justified that way.

Dara said...

Well I just got my Nook last year so I probably won't get one of these yet. Maybe once my Nook dies. For now though it does the job :)

LTM said...

It's got color...! AMZ is so gonna kill w/this. And $199? Hmm... methinks I'll sit back and watch this play out~ :o)

clickerbug said...

I've got the old 2nd Gen Kindle and a newer iPad2. Won't be needing anything new in that department, but I admit I'm suggestible. But I've gotten a lot better when it comes to not feeling the need for new technology.

I still like books. The paper ones, y'know.

Sean Thomas Fisher said...

I love the Kindle Fire, and I know a ton of trees who love all of the new Kindles! This is pretty exciting and I'm so glad I began epubbing back in March. These affordable options would not only make sitting around waiting for illusive agent responses unbearable, but futile as well. Even my mom, who swore you'd have to pry her DTBs from her cold dead hands, is coming around and wants to check them out!

Marilyn Peake said...

Woooo! Hoooo! Very excited!

Anonymous said...

Mr. D. has it right.

Here's the problem with the speed at which they keep rolling out new devices. I won't get one because I know the newer better cheaper one will be coming along in a few months. I hate getting stuck with obsolete electronics.

Still sitting on the e-reader sidelines.

Sommer Leigh said...

I'm already on the list for a Fire!

I love my Kindle and probably won't replace it with a newer model.

R. Scot Johns said...

Pre-ordered mine today (and with my Amazon credit card too!). Already have a Kindle 3 and an iPad 2, but have held off on purchasing a ColorNook due to concerns about B&N future viability as a business. Amazon is in it to win it, going nowhere but up, and offering the moon with tickets to get there. I'm on board.

Margo Gremmler said...

I pre-ordered the Kindle Fire today.
I'd been waiting and waiting on buying a tablet. I use an Android phone and Amazon Prime, so - easy sell.

Anonymous said...

Considering how fast technology is changing, the kindles released today were obsolete yesterday. It seems a waste of money to purchase something that is obsolete. I'm so glad that I haven't bought an iphone, ipad, kindle, or any of the other must have little devices that I seem to do just fine without.

The English Teacher said...

The Kindle Fire is the first one that has even tempted me. I'll have to look into that.

Anonymous said...

Would totally get a kindle fire, if only it (and the services offered on it) were available on the colder side of the 49th...

AM Riley said...

I resisted the Kindle Fire for about ten minutes and then pre-ordered. I have an old Kindle and like it enough but I'm always wishing I could browse and email and see things in color. I've had ipad envy for those options, but the price and the monthly cost of the service was appalling.

This is exactly what I was wanting. yay.

Catherine Stine said...

I have a kindle, and an iPhone, and I had no interest in an iPad. But this gadget looks quite tempting...

historywriter said...

The colors look brilliant and the ability to access Amazon's vast content is a plus. Is the black and white reader still the same? It's feature that my friends' enjoy on theirs.

Kaitlyne said...

I won't buy it because it's Amazon and I'm afraid of the whole taking over the world thing. If it wasn't for that I'd consider it, though.

Tres Buffalo said...

If it were a 10", I would probably buy one. I already have a 10" Android and can watch movies and have the Kindle Ap on it. Its problem is you can't do the NYT crossword on it. If you can on the Fire I might consider it for Christmas.

Jacqueline said...

Alas, Kindle still doesn't allow downloading from libraries in Canada, so it's no Kindle eReader for me, though it would definitely have been my first choice.

And the Kindle Fire isn't available outside the U.S., so that settles that for me too.

BUT! Here's hoping this drives down the prices of the competition. Just in time for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

I thought so, then I discovered I can't buy most of the English novels I want to buy from France. (geographical restrictions)
They sell you the Kindle here, but won't sell the books that go with it. And they don't dwell on how bad it is too much in the advertisement.

So I really don't see the point in getting one if I can't buy books.

It's sad, because I'd have loved to have a kindle, really.

So: to be reserved to English speaking countries who only want to buy in their own country.

Toby Speed said...

I just bought the $79 Kindle five minutes ago! I tell ya, I've been resisting and resisting, fearing the downfall of traditional.....you know the drill. Then the price came down. Figured, for $79, I might as well try it and see for myself. After all, people are e-reading, and I'm an author. This is the way publishing is going. And I'm excited and can't wait for it to arrive!

Katherine Hyde said...

When I get a tablet, it will be an iPad. But that probably won't happen until the price comes down. Till then I'll stick with my Nook.

I am a very loyal Apple fan and don't believe any copycat can do it better than Apple can.

Scott said...

I got a Nook because the old Kindles' silly hardware keyboard turned me off, but now that Kindle Fire is looking very tempting indeed...

LadySaotome said...

There's no way I'll ever get a Kindle but I'm glad I didn't buy my Nook Color yet. I bet the price drops after this!! Though if Barnes & Noble really comes out with a Nook 2 like rumors are speculating, we'll see...

Buy Books said...

I await the upcoming "Flexible Touchscreen E-paper" technology. I'm not entirely sold on the flexible aspect but the ability to have E-paper quality as per the Kindle combined with the ability for touchscreen control as in tablets will be a significant advantage.

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