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Amazon to Release a Cheaper, Thinner, Better Designed Kindle This Fall

Would You Buy a Cheaper, Thinner, More Stylish Kindle?

Word on the street is that the current generation of the Kindle is going to be replaced by a newer, younger, and prettier model.

It sounds like it's going to take a crack at improving upon the things that many (and I personally) dislike about the Kindle: the price, which will go down from $359 to a rumored $249, and the design, which is angular and slightly awkward (but surprisingly lovely in person), is to be refined. It's also rumored to be much thinner, and have a better screen.

These things make it easier to justify having a Kindle — in addition to my many books, which I'll never give up. See, I think the Kindle is a wonderful addition to a bookworm's accessories, and its mere presence doesn't eliminate the need or desire for real books, but I know some people will never be convinced.

What about you — if the rumors are true, would you buy a thinner, cheaper, better-designed Kindle, or are you forever a paper-and-cardboard book person only, backbreaking Harry Potter books and all?


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emilyzoe emilyzoe 8 years
I love my kindle, I have an iphone but reading on that is really not satisfactory. The Kindle is comfortable to hold, easy to read. I received one as a gift almost a year ago and I find that I like it more and more every day. I can use it to read PDF and word files for class(I'm getting my Masters in Library Science) and there are a ton of free books out there if you know where to look. I love books, obviously, but I think that the Kindle is a great addition (not replacement for books) to the world of reading. Also everyone I know who has seen mine desperately wants one. Seeing is believing with this one/
Purly Purly 9 years
If amazon made Kindle software for the iPhone, I would buy that. Then I could read all those Kindle books on my iPhone.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 9 years
Put my textbooks on one and I will buy it with a smile on my face. And my osteopath will be smiling, too!
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
Nah I prefer the real book. Besides, I could always use my iPhone if I wanted to.
kia kia 9 years
I love strolling the stacks at the library too much.
MandyPinecone MandyPinecone 9 years
i like the real thing, there's something about turning pages that i love.
kedawen kedawen 9 years
I'm a total bookworm, and have always been intrigued by the Kindle, but its looks and the price have put me off. So we'll see how much those things improve and I may consider it! :)
seven7 seven7 9 years
I have been wanting e-readers to come up to my specs for ages. I love the sleek look of the ereader and the features of the kindle, so if the kindle was unfuglified I definitely would have to start making decisions of which one to buy. Compare the specs and such. I love books, and I won't retire mine, but with my laptop and camera gear plus all kinds of other gadgets I don't travel lightly, but I read fast, so I'd love to not have to carry the weight of 5 books with me.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i like the iphone app that allows you to read if you choose to. but really i just want a real book. they're big and heavy but i love the feel and smell.
a-geek a-geek 9 years
The Kindle is amazing- if you've never seen one, it's tough to understand how clear and readable the screen is, especially compared to something like an iPhone. Can't wait to get the new one.
cindeerella cindeerella 9 years
i would prefer it to be cheaper of course. the price seems just a tad bit high for my liking :)
bbb1saa bbb1saa 9 years
I'm happy with my Sony reader digital book.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
I heard that next year they were going to release a slightly larger version for college students with lots of textbooks available. If it also had OneNote 2007 and a PDF reader it would be perfect for campus.
floppyfish1986 floppyfish1986 9 years
I'd seriously consider buying this if that offered text books, till then I rarely read so I'm saving for an iphone.
kathili kathili 9 years
There's something very emotionally comforting about holding a book with heft and texture sans electrically lit backgrounds.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
I already have a kindle. I do love reading real books but when I read my kindle it's more convenient and more comfortable.
devils devils 9 years
real books for me =)
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
I would buy one but when it comes to certian books like harry potter twilght i may have to buy 2 the version so i can have it on my bookshelf and pass it on to my kids type of thing and the one i can read on the train or bus with out anyone reading over my shoulder.
polrber182 polrber182 9 years
ps -- I was going to buy one regardless -- I always wait about a year after releases.
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 9 years
I was a Kindle pooh-pooher, until I got my hands on one and then was rather impressed by the ink screen. I will always have a ton of books around me, but since I travel so much, it would be great to not pack 3 or 4 hardback (yes I'm one of those people too!)books with me each time. Really the only thing holding me back from getting one is the price... and for me, $250 is still a little much, considering I'd only use it for travel. I don't need to hold 100 books on it, just 3-10. So if the price goes below $200 I'd probably consider it. At $150 I'd snap it up and also give it as Christmas gifts.
sugoionna09 sugoionna09 9 years
Still a little expensive for my tastes but then I'm the girl that still hasn't bought an ipod because it's in the 200s.
Swen Swen 9 years
I would consider it if it was cheaper and smaller. I prefer reading from a paper book, but this would be really convenient.
jennyxyzzy jennyxyzzy 9 years
I find that my iPhone is good enough as en eBook reader, even if not perfect. I certainly don't think that the Kindle is a big enough improvement to justify having yet another electronic gadget lying around the house.
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