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Amazon will announce a new Kindle next week

4 April 2016

From The Verge:

Amazon will introduce a new “top of the line” Kindle next week, says company CEO Jeff Bezos. Bezos announced the news on Twitter this afternoon, saying the new model will kick off another generation of Kindle products. It’ll be the 8th generation, following the much-loved Kindle Voyage that sat atop the 7th generation of Amazon’s e-readers.

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17 Comments to “Amazon will announce a new Kindle next week”

  1. Ah… that probably explains the promotional email I got yesterday ($30-50 off current models).

  2. I am very curious about what improvements they could add to a product that is already splendid.

    • Exactly. What have they done to make it noticeably better than the voyage or paperwhite??? A faster processor would be nice, but I can’t imagine that would be worth a personal “Jeff” update. Maybe some kind of new screen?

    • The only significant improvement I can really imagine for the Voyage would be waterproofing.

      • Felix J. Torres

        How about Alexa integration?
        There has long been a lot of controversy over Kindles’ accessibility limitations.

    • I dunno, my Voyage is pretty slow. I have to keep under 30 books on it or the page turn behavior degrades annoyingly. That’s something that’s been frustrating me for half a year now.

      • Weird: my latest generation Paperwhite – which I bought because I didn’t think the Voyage’s extra functions were worth the cost – has about 1300 books on it and shows no signs of slowing down. I can seen no reason why the Voyage’s performance would be worse.

        It sounds to me as if you’ve got a fault and should be talking to Customer Services.

      • My voyage has slowed down, but I’ve got about 1,400 books on it. I sat down with Calibre intending to prune that back to about 500, but kept discovering books I wanted to read. “I’ll get to that one soon!” Sigh. I deleted about a hundred before getting distracted. I think I need to make a TBR collection and then get ruthless.

        30 is way, way too few to be noticing a difference. Even 300 books should barely slow it down. Although you might keep an eye out for 50-60mb file sizes. Sometimes pdfs or image heavy books will end up that big, and those will definitely cause problems.

      • I absolutely love my Paperwhite, but I also edit with it (since it’s exactly like printed books to me but a heck of a lot cheaper than constantly printing out 200+ pages of real paper during editing).

        My problem is that once I’ve made somewhere between 20 and 100 notes, whether in one story or over multiple stories, it begins to slow to a crawl (like the old days on 56k modems trying to load some jerk’s website who thought a full-Flash animated intro would be super cool).

        I’ve been wanting a Voyager for a while, but can’t justify the price. Especially since it seems to be no better than my Paperwhite for my needs. But it’s time for a new Kindle so Mrs. Angry can have the Paperwhite and we can give away the last old generation Kindle to one of her low income students.

        I can never go back to editing on a computer screen now that I’ve been doing it on the Kindle for years. So I’ll hope one more time that the new Kindle is a heck of a lot beefier in terms of speed/memory (but it of course doesn’t need to be anywhere near as powerful as an iPad/Surface/smartphone).

  3. I used WaterFi on my paperwhite, for reading in the hot tub.

    Pondering why all electronics aren’t waterproofed brings out the conspiracy nut in me. Along the lines of “Of course light bulbs are meant to burn out; that’s how we sell more of them.”

    • Felix J. Torres

      It is by choice, yes.

      It adds production cost and only increases value to a very small number of people who take electronics into water while reducing replacement sales to the accident-prone. A much bigger group. 🙂

      It’s all about the bottom line.

  4. Patricia Sierra

    Hard to imagine how the Voyage could be out-done by a new generation Kindle — unless it could play Audible books, letting the reader switch back and forth. Or how about having Alexa answering questions that may arise as you’re reading a book? A color screen wouldn’t appeal to me.

    • A full-color eInk screen would absolutely appeal to me. I hate using a smartphone/tablet/laptop in direct sunlight. A color eInk Kindle would finally allow me to nerd out on graphic novels, comics, all kinds of content that I currently avoid because it’s crap on b&w eInk and even worse on lame phone/tablet screens in extremely bright light.

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