Amazon showed off a trio of new e-readers today in New York! Although we were not there because most of our team is going to various other events today, we got full hands-on experience and pictures from several other blogs that are reporting on it.
The Amazon Touch comes in 2 different models, with WIFI and with 3G. There are also models with Special Offers as well, to further reduce the cost.
The Kindle WIFI with Special Offers will cost $99, while the non-advertising version will cost $139.09. The 3G model will cost $149 with Special Offers and $189 without it.
Special Offers reduces the price of the unit because it displays advertisements on your home screen and your screensaver. It does not show ads anywhere else on the unit.
The Amazon Kindle Touch is a 6 inch e-reader with a resolution of 600×800 and has 167 ppi with 16-level greyscale. It has 4 GB of internal memory and can hold around 3,000 books. Battery life should last you around six weeks and it charges up to full within 4 hours.
The big new thing about this is that it has a IR Touchscreen similar to the Kobo Touch. This will add pin point accuracy with interacting with the device.
There is cloud storage, which is a big hyping factor that can offset the build in 4 GB of internal memory. Store your media, audiobooks, music, and extra books.
Like all Kindles, this model has a 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 stereo speakers to listen to music and audiobooks.
Speaking of books it can support Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP through conversion.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.