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New Kindle version will be $139




The latest version of Amazon's Kindle (due on August 27th) will be just $139


 

I predict a $99 version by Christmas 2011.


 




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pekkywriter
Jul. 29th, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
Hmmm Should I wait until then and buy one now?

Peace!

Pekky
jongibbs
Jul. 29th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
I know, it's a toughie.

I suspect if we wait long enough, they'll be give them away with McDonalds' Happy Meals ;)
scriitor
Jul. 29th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
I'm tempted, and have been for a while. Very, very curious to try one.
jongibbs
Jul. 29th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
The new version seems to contain lots of improvements and only one omission - 3G, and since I'm not sure what that is, I can't say whether it's important (or for that matter, worth an extra $50).
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karen_w_newton
Jul. 29th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
I saw that, but if I get the new Kindle, it would be the 3G version that's $50 more. I have WiFi at home, but I really like being able to get new books anywhere, anytime.

It also sounds like both new Kindle versions (WiFi and 3G) have some nice upgrades (twice the storage space, and a month-- a MONTH-- between battery charges if you leave the wireless off. Also, the buttons look much better in terms of use.

The price cut is almost certainly to stay competitive with the $500 multi-purpose and much sexier iPad. But Amazon is just passing on the pain, because this means the little companies who were trying to make cheap eReaders can't compete.
mtlawson
Jul. 29th, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
I was about to say that you'd be all over this. ;-)
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jongibbs
Jul. 29th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
It'll happen at some point, I'd bet large sums of Mike Lawson's money on it :)
mtlawson
Jul. 29th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
I guess the new $99 eReaders are putting the squeeze on Amazon. This might even put a dent in the iPad sales, especially since I've seen a new set of advertisements emphasizing that you can read the Kindle in direct sunlight.

Now, if they'd stop being a closed system....
karen_w_newton
Jul. 29th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
I don't think Kindle will ever hurt iPad sales, Mike. The folks who buy iPads aren't buying them primarily as eReaders. I think iPad sales are going to hurt netbook sales; that's it's most direct competition.

And Kindle is "closed" in the sense that Kindle books have DRM and you can't read a Kindle book with anything but a Kindle or a Kindle app. I can't put non-Kindle DRM'd books on my Kindle, but I certainly have books I bought without DRM (from Fictionwise and O'Reilly) on my Kindle-- not to mention dozens of free ebooks.

Re, the cheaper eReaders. I see them mostly going under, actually, because it's so hard to make money with a low-end e-ink device unless you have big sales. With Nook and Kindle getting cheaper and cheaper, the little guys are getting squeezed. The maker of the Cool-er eReader already filed for bankruptcy.

Interesting times!
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jongibbs
Jul. 29th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Beer was cheaper too. And don't get me started on how youn policeman are these days :)
misha_mcg
Jul. 29th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
For $99 I would definitely buy. But I prefer the Nook. I hope that one gets cheaper too.
temporus
Jul. 29th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
They will. The only question is how long it will take, and how long one is willing to hold out before buying.

I wouldn't be surprised if you see the Nook wireless drop to about the same price point. B&N and Amazon have been running head to head on the pricing.
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temporus
Jul. 29th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
This certainly explains the reported shortages of Kindles that have drifted into the news. Amazon clearly didn't want to get stuck holding the bag on a bunch of K2s that they would have a hard time selling once the K3 got announced.
jongibbs
Jul. 29th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remember when they announced that Target would be selling them, but they never had any in stock and Target didn't seem to make a big effort to advertise them.
latteya
Jul. 29th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
No way!!
jongibbs
Jul. 29th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Lol :)
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wordsrmylife
Jul. 29th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
I hope your prediction comes true. At that point, I might invest.
jongibbs
Jul. 29th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Isn't it weird how $99 sounds so much cheaper than $100?

Have you recovered from your birthday celebrations :)
edithspage
Jul. 29th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
NIce!
jongibbs
Jul. 30th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
The cheaper the better :)
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jongibbs
Jul. 30th, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
It does make you wonder how much (or little) they actually cost to manufacture.
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