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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