In today’s Morning Links, there was a full report on the new Amazon Kindle lineup. Some of it interested me and some of it didn’t. Here were some key points I took out of Amazon’s news, and some commentary on why it either hit the mark for me or fell flat.
1) Updated iOS apps. I was not clear on whether the app required iOS 8 or was merely a refresh in anticipation of it, but I am looking forward to having cut and paste options at last. I often paste favourite quotes into Evernote for future reference, and this will make it much easier. I actually was keeping iBooks installed just for this function. I can go 100% Kindle now!
2) The basic Kindle is now $79. This personally does not interest me since I have and like my current Kindle and don’t want to upgrade, and since I do tend to like the bells and whistles of the higher-end model. But I think it is fantastic that Amazon continues to offer a budget model for newbies, and a competitively priced one at that. This model will sell well, I think.
3) Budget-priced Kindle Fire tablets. Meh. The Kindle Fire is much less useful in Canada, and the Kindle Freetime Unlimited for kids, which theoretically interests me, does not work here at all. Use and enjoy, America. Nobody else will much care for these.
4) The new Ultimate Supreme Paperwhite. Shiny, but not shiny enough for me to upgrade. You reach a point of diminishing returns with this, I think. How much smaller/lighter/more souped up can these things really get at this point? I have the version 2 Paperwhite. It’s fine. If it broke and I had to get a new one, I suppose I would buy this since it is available. But nothing about this screamed ‘must buy now’ to me.
What does everyone else think of the new lineup? Are any of you planning to buy one of these?