All signs from Amazon are pointing to an imminent release of Kindle 4 or whatever the next gen Kindle reader will be called. Amazon has some ideas up its sleeve going by news of its recent purchase of two domain names – Kindlescribe.com and Kindlescribes.com. The only doubt is whether the new Amazon gadget will be an advanced Kindle reader or a tablet. Or better yet, both.
Amazon’s domain acquisitions make us wonder about the features of the tablet/reader. The name indicates writing options with a pen or finger (I think pen). Will it be lighter, thinner, with touchscreen and color options? Amazon also picked up KindleAir and KindleSocialNetwork domains earlier this month so the reader could also include social networking apps or integration at the least. Will it run on Android, bring limited apps to the fore? Will it be a fully fledged tablet instead? Amazon alone can answer our questions.
Amazon had signed up with AT&T last month to offer the ad-sponsored Kindle 3G for the attractive price of $139. For the savings, you would have to watch screensavers and advertisements from AT&T and other sponsors but never while reading. The reading experience was essentially the same. With Kindle 3G, you get free 3G services for a lifetime, no annual contract, data plans or monthly payments. There’s 24×7 access to Amazon’s vast Kindle store of books that runs offers and discounts from time to time and loads of other value adding features.
If that’s not enough to make you want to pick up the Kindle 3G, there’s more. Kindle 3G has been discounted yet again and the AT&T ad-sponsored version is now available for an unbelievable $80. The company planned to begin offering the new Kindle in stores beginning Sunday, August 21. Back to school season is a good time for students to take advantage of this offer, especially because of Kindle’s Textbook Rental Service. Through this program, students can rent text books for up to a year for a saving of up to 80% of the book’s actual value.
Even with a Kindle 4 in the offing, I’d say an $80 Kindle 3G is a great deal. Do tell us if you catch it at stores.
[via TN, fusible]