Amazon unveils next-gen Kindle eReaders for $79 and up

The Android-toting Kindle Fire tablet with a full color screen isn’t the only new member of the Amazon Kindle family. Today Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took to the stage to introduce several new devices including a model with an E Ink, touchscreen display and a dirt cheap eReader which will sell for just $79.

Kindle Touch

Unsurprisingly the touchscreen model is called the Kindle Touch. It has a high contrast E Ink display, and an IR touchscreen similar to the ones used by the latest NOOK and Kobo devices. It’s also the smallest Kindle to date, since there’s no need for a keyboard.

The Kindle Touch will be available for just $99, making it one of the cheapest E Ink eBook readers on the market.

While the budget model is WiFi-only, Amazon will also offer a 3G capable version for $149. There are no monthly fees or contracts to use the 3G, and it works with wireless networks in 100 countries. Of course, we’re talking about 3G data for downloading books and maybe doing a little web surfing and not much else.

Kindle Touch pre-orders will open today and the eReaders are expected to ship on November 21st.

Kindle

The model without a touchscreen? That’s the new Kindle. It’s a little smaller and lighter than the latest Kindle… and it’s way cheaper, at just $79.

Like earlier Kindle models, it has buttons for turning pages. But the little guy weighs less than 7 ounces.

Amazon is also loading up “special offers” which means you’ll see ads and local deals on your screen saver.

  • J

    I’m still not sure about the ads idea. I know it only shows on the main menu at the bottom and on the screensaver and NEVER during the book, but I’m still not sold. Just so all your other readers know, you can still get it ad-free if you are willing to shell out a few more bucks. It’s only $109 for the wi-fi ad-free version. Still a way better deal than I got on my current Kindle!