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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Amazon to kill off basic Kindle

Amazon is in the process of discontinuing the entry level Kindle. This is the e-reader is primarily aimed at new users and normally costs £59. Amazon has removed it from the Kindle Family page and the only readers they are marketing is the Paperwhite, Voyage and Oasis., Reports Good eReader Magazine.

The entry level Kindle came out in 2014 and has an older E Ink Pearl display, which is really outdated e-paper technology.  It has abysmal refresh issues when it comes to page turns and interacting with all of the menus and navigation bar. The Basic Kindle is the oldest digital reader that Amazon has consistently sold for the past four years, and has sold well. However the device is still available at Amazon UK and rather than the company killing off the basic Kindle, I simply don't believe they would do that, it looks as if the device will get a new all bells and whistle revamp.

Good eReader goes onto report that:

Amazon is likely going to refresh the entry level Kindle and the Paperwhite in the coming weeks. The entry level Kindle will have an E-Ink Carta HD display, which will have the same resolution and PPI as the Kindle Paperwhite. Speaking of the Paperwhite, this device is rumoured to have a new color temperature lightning system that is similar to the Nook Glowlight 3 and the Kobo Clara HD. The Paperwhite will also have Bluetooth capability which will allow you to plug in wireless headphones or a speaker to listen to audiobooks from Audible.

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