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Amazon Announces $99 Kindle Touch, new Kindle for $79

In addition to the hotly anticipated Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon has announced a range of new e-ink Kindles. The first is a a full-screen, touch-controlled e-reader in the vein of its leading competitor, Barnes & Noble’s latest Nook. It’s called the Kindle Touch. The Wi-Fi only model is $99, and the 3G version is $149. A lighter full-screen Kindle without touch controls will sell for $79. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says that it’s “75% lighter than previous generations.” These Kindles ship on November 21.

The Kindle Touch

The Kindle Touch has an infrared layer above the screen to detect multi-touch inputs, so it doesn’t interfere with reading. It does text-to-speech, and it plays audio books and mp3s. It has 4GB of internal storage, with “approximately 3GB available for user content. The Wi-Fi-only Kindle Touch sells for $99 with Amazon’s “Special Offers” advertising and $139 without. The Kindle Touch 3G sells for $149 with Special Offers and $189 without.

The new Kindle

The non-touch Kindle has a 6-inch, 600×800 e-ink display and about 1.25GB available for books. It has built-in Wi-Fi, and it offers free cloud storage for all Amazon content. It doesn’t have a keyboard. It sells for $79 with Special Offers and $109 without.

Amazon has offered the option for ad-supported Kindles since April, and consumers don’t seem to mind; the ad-supported Kindle with a keyboard, the cheapest Kindle until today, was by far the most popular model. Kindle customers are used to the device as a point of sale for Amazon media, so ads that display over the idle screen don’t seem out of place.

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