Econo-Reader Department: $100 iPod Touches and $150 Kindles

image 8G iPod Touches are selling for as little as $100 on Craigslist. They’ll work great with Stanza or the Kindle e-reading app.

Used Kindle 2s are going for as little as $200—I’ve made a tentative offer for one. And the original Kindles are as low as $150 on Craigslist.

Reminder: Buyer beware. Best to deal locally, though the low prices may make the gambles worth it.

The Kindle prices could well drop even more if concerns grow that the Kindle is an e-book Betamax due to Amazon’s focus on a DRMed proprietary format.

imageAdobe’s big Sony score is not good news for the isolated Kindle format. Granted, Adobe-DRMed ePub is in effect a proprietary format. But at least Adobe DRM victims can suffer in the company of owners of a variety of brands of readers, while the Kindle format is usable only on Kindles, iPhones and Touches. Are Craigslist prices telling us something?

Related: Techmeme roundup on the rumored new iPod model. The most important wrinkle, perhaps? A built in camera. Not that you need one to read an e-book. But this will lower the price of the existing iPods.

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David Rothman is the founder and publisher of the TeleRead e-book site and cofounder of He is also author of The Solomon Scandals novel and six tech-related books on topics ranging from the Internet to laptops. Passionate on digital divide issues, he is now pushing for the creation of a national digital library endowment.

2 Comments on Econo-Reader Department: $100 iPod Touches and $150 Kindles

  1. If you’re into reading (and other apps) more than you’re into lots of music, an 8GB iPod Touch is just fine. I bought the 16MB version, and use less than 20% of the memory. As for the larger-form-factor readers, I’m sure we’re in for a fight, since Amazon, Apple, and Sony all have deep pockets. For example, Amazon could loosen their DRM in some way during a firmware update…while they’re deleting books from your Kindle. :-)

  2. Note that if (when) Apple introduces the third-generation iPod Touch in September, which is rumored to sport an integrated camera among other improvements, the price of first- and second-gen iPod Touches will plummet even more—including the ones listed on Apple’s own site.

    For instance, a refurb 1G 8-gig is $159 right now in the Apple on-line store. I expect it to fall to $129-$139 (if not further) after the new release event.

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