Kindle: new entry-level 2019 model out in April.

If you, like us at SFcrowsnest Towers, have reached the level of endurance on your book-shelves’ load-bearing capacity, then the Kindle e-book reader is one of the more elegant ways to indulge your book-buying habits.

It appears there’s now a 2019 entry-level Kindle hitting the big Zon on April 10th this year, replacing their slightly weary-looking 2016 model.

That still leaves the Kindle PaperWhite as their mid-range beastie and the large Kindle Oasis as the grand super-expensive premium product.

The new 2019 basic Kindle is a bit lighter and thinner and comes with a built-in adjustable front light. It also comes bundled with three free months of their borrowing system (think Netflix for books), Kindle Unlimited, as a taster for the service – which many SFF authors will have mixed feelings about as you need to make your fiction exclusive to Amazon only to appear on their virtual lending shelves.

Kevin Keith, Vice President at AmazonDevices, told SFcrowsnest, “Customers consistently tell us how much they appreciate having a front light on Kindle devices so they can read in any environment—from a sunny patio to their bed at night. The team worked hard to bring this customer-favourite feature to our most affordable device, and we’re excited to introduce the all-new Kindle—the first Kindle under $100 with a built-in adjustable front light.”

It’s $89.99 in the USA and £69.99 in the UK.

The main differences between the new 2019 Kindle and the next levels up is 167 ppi vs 300 ppi resolution; you can pay for free 3/4G connectivity on the higher two models while the new 2019 Kindle is wi-fi only; it ships with just 4gb storage (vs up to 32gb on the more expensive models), and has less LEDs on its lighting – 4 LEDs versus 5 on the PaperWhite or a mighty 12 on the Oasis.

Oh, and the big old Oasis also has page turn buttons rather than just touchscreen.

Kindle: new entry-level 2019 model out in April.
Kindle: new entry-level 2019 model out in April.

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