There are persistent rumors on the Internet that Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, is ready to launch a revamped Kindle sometime between September or October of this year.
Peter Burrows of The Tech Beat comments that:
“My sources say the new version is significantly thinner, has a better screen, is more stylish and includes fixes to some of the user interface annoyances with the first version. One person that has seen the device says it is as big a leap from its predecessor as the iPod mini was from the first iPod. “They’ve jumped from Generation One to Generation Four or Five. It just looks better, and feels better,” says the source.”
This is good news for many Kindle users. They were not happy with the way the gadget looked or performed. When compared with an Apple iPod, the Kindle looked like a gadget designed for Fred Flintstone.
Another problem was price. Paying $359 for an electronic book readers is not living in the real world where hard-earned dollars are scarce. The rumor mill says that the new Kindle will be cheaper. In words of Peter Burrows:
“From what I’m told, that’s going to be the case. It needs to be cheaper; I’m told the price of the new model will come down to $299 or maybe $249. And it needs a more intuitive, infectiously-cool interface. I’m told there’s been big progress here, as well–including changes to the oversized buttons that make it too easy to inadvertently move on to the next page.”
It’s too bad the Kindle is not marketed in this part of the world. I live in Panama in Central America. Having a small gadget to carry all my books (maximum of 200 books) in the palm of my hand, plus the option to buying New York Times® Best Sellers and New Releases for $9.99, unless marked otherwise, is something I just can’t refuse. I’m sure many college students will agree with me on this.