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Amazon Releases Cheapest Kindle Ebook Reader Yet

Amazon has unveiled its cheapest Kindle Ebook reader yet, one which is also 30 per cent lighter at 170 grams and boasts an 18 per cent smaller body, while sticking to the same 6-inch e-Ink screen that was pioneered by the original Kindle e-reader.

The device was announced earlier today by Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, during a press event in New York and will go on sale from the 12th of October on a first come first served basis.

Already, the online retailer has started to take preorders (opens in new tab) for the tablet at £89, a tad more (ed: significantly more) than the $79 that Amazon is charging in the US (ed: a LOT of these will sell on Ebay me thinks).

Like the old models, the new Kindle also has built in Wi-Fi and 10 per cent faster page turns for what Amazon calls "seamless reading" which hints at a faster processor (or new page technology).

Physically, the new Kindle lacks the distinctive keyboard of its predecessors and sees the introduction of a central home button and four function buttons, two on each side.

At 8.7mm, it is as thin as the Toshiba Excite AT-200 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and offers a screen resolution of 800x600 pixels.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.