“Heads up readers – all-new, top of the line Kindle almost ready. 8th generation. Details next week.” So says a Tweet from the ultimate source at Amazon, CEO Jeff Bezos. One more time:
Heads up readers – all-new, top of the line Kindle almost ready. 8th generation. Details next week.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2016
Now the fun begins. “All-new” suggests perhaps something more than just another Voyage. If it is still a Voyage, we’re apparently only talking about a Voyage 2—but “8th generation” can take on a lot of meanings.
In a post last year, following the failure of a 2 to appear last November despite a prediction from Good e-Reader, I did not rule out the possibility of a reinvented Voyage appearing this year. Could the “all-new, top of the line Kindle” be it? Might the 2 have been delayed because of supplier issues, including something chip related?
If the chip is fast enough—whether this is the 2 or not—will lines be blurred at least a tad between e-readers and tablets? I wouldn’t bet on it. But who knows?
So what’s your own thinking? Go into your Amazonology mode and join the guessing game about what Bezos has up his sleeve. Among the possibilities for the new model? A Liquavista screen, as Nate wonders? Or maybe text to speech? Or—please Jeff, please, please, please—a great choice of fonts? Maybe even optional all-text bolding for the benefit of the millions of Americans with contrast-perception issues? Come on, Jeff. I’m rooting for you to do the right thing and offer both TTS and more font choices?
Fun detail (updated 9:47 p.m.): Several Kindle models are on sale today as I write this, including the basic Kindle for $50, the Paperwhite for $90 and the Voyage for $150. Clearing the way for new stock? Could other refreshes of the Kindle line—not just a top-of-the-liner—be unveiled soon?
Now—a little more on the sale: It’s for Prime members and I can see the lower prices only on my desktop, not in a mobile app I used. You can tell if the sale is still on if a thin orange band appears near the top of the page with the lower prices. Because I was relying on the mobile app, I at first thought the sale had ended. Not so. Big thanks to SteveH and barryem for alerting me that the sale is still happening.