Kindle on Fire

New razors for Amazon's eBook blades

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Amazon is flexing its well-read muscles again, this time with the release of three new fourth-generation devices: the cheaper Kindle, the touchable Kindle, and the beautiful Kindle. Prices start at an amazing $79 (with ads), and top out at $199 for the advanced model–less than I paid for my first generation Kindle device.

The entry-level Kindle device is a basic reader, with an eInk screen, and–this is new–no keyboard. It has a few basic buttons for controlling the features, but I can’t imagine trying to enter notes about a book by cursoring to each letter. But it’s affordable. The Kindle Touch is just $20 more, and definitely worth it if you have any use for its on-screen keyboard.

Topping out the collection is the Kindle Fire. It’s pricier, but you get cool for those two Benjamins. iPad-like touch interface, access to books, movies, TV shows, email, probably even blenders and skinny jeans from Amazon’s non-book shops. Color. Did I mention that it’s cool? Only the basic Kindle is available now; the Touch and Fire won’t be out until November.

To read more about the new devices, visit the Kindle Store.

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Tim Patrick is a software architect and developer with more than 30 years of experience in designing and building custom software solutions. He is the author of multiple books on Microsoft technologies, and was selected as a Microsoft MVP for his support to the programming community. Tim earned his degree in computer science from Seattle Pacific University.

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