Amazon Launches Kindle 3 For Only $139

Amazon just announced the debut of its third-generation Kindle, which is smaller, faster, lighter, and has a sharper picture than the previous version. The battery life has also been upgraded to one month (with the wireless turned off, 10 days with it on). The Wi-Fi only Kindle is $139 and the 3G version is $189. The new Kindles are available for pre-order now, and will start shipping on August 27.

Here are some more details on the new Kindle features:

All-New, High-Contrast E-Ink Screen – 50% better contrast than any other e-reader

New Sleek Design – 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6″ size reading area

17% Lighter – Only 8.5 ounces, weighs less than a paperback

Battery Life of Up to One Month – A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off

Double the Storage – Up to 3,500 Books

Built-In Wi-Fi – Shop and download books in less than 60 seconds

20% Faster Page Turns – Seamless reading

Quieter Page Turn Buttons – Quieter page turns means you can read all night without disturbing your partner.

Enhanced PDF Reader – With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights

Share Meaningful Passages – Share meaningful passages with friends and family with built-in Twitter and Facebook integration.

Personally, I love my Kindle and I’m excited about this news because I think it means the Kindle is about to become more mainstream. My favorite thing about the Kindle is the e-ink screen, which really looks like paper and is very easy on the eyes, so I’m curious to see the new high-contrast version. I also like how the new page turn buttons are smaller (to prevent accidentally turning the page) and now have a reduced lag time.

So what do you think about the Kindle 3? If you don’t have an eReader, are you tempted to buy the new Kindle?

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  • violet4ever

    I’m excited too, even though I feel I have been impatient. I bought my Kindle 2 just 2 months before the price drop. I wished Kindle 2 had a bit more contrast but I had reached my limit of waiting to buy an ebook reader! So as just a 4-month Kindle 2 owner I’m afraid I must succumb this new one. The only question is – will I preorder it? Haha.

  • David

    I have been considering this for a while now. On one hand I love the ‘feel’ of books and i also love having an awesome growing collection on the shelves. On the other hand, this saves lots of space and whenI finish one book in a series I can get the next instantly (if I am reading your review correctly?).

    At this knock down price I am seriously considering ordering one, especially as my Amazon gift certificates will cover the price :-)