Posted February 02, 2018 07:12:00 Amazon is launching its ebook reader as an “open platform” in a bid to cut down on costs and boost sales.
The new Kindle Fire E1, a 1-in-3-million device with a 5-inch screen, has been on sale for a month, but Amazon hasn’t revealed pricing or release dates for the new Kindle.
The company will offer two editions: the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HDX, with prices starting at $199.
Amazon’s website lists the Fire HD1, with a 1.7-inch display, for $299.
The new Kindle is a $150 device with an integrated 3G network and support for Amazon’s Kindle apps.
Amazon’s Kindle e-reader was the first to be launched as an open platform.
Amazon says it will be open to all book publishers, including those that do not sell through Amazon’s retail stores.
Amazon also says it’s working on “a whole range of other new technologies and services for authors and publishers.”
The Kindle will ship with a free trial of the Kindle Store, but the service is expected to remain free for a year.
Amazon declined to say how many people have purchased the new device, but it said it expects to reach 1 million units in the first quarter.
For many readers, the move may be a big step in the right direction.
“I’m a huge fan of the Amazon Kindle,” said one woman, who requested anonymity to avoid hurting her relationship with Amazon.
“They are doing a really good job.”
The new Fire HD 1 and 2 will be available in the US and Canada starting February 16.
Amazon is offering two versions: the Fire Pro and Fire HD.
Both versions include a 1TB hard drive, 256MB RAM and a 32GB internal memory.
The HD 1 is available with an 8GB memory capacity and has an SD slot.
The Fire Pro has an 8 GB memory capacity with an SD card slot.
The Fire HDs are available in black, white, red, yellow and silver.
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