Amazon is rumored to be releasing a new Kindle in July that will feature a background light, similar to Barnes and Nobles' new Nook, although one may offer a more competitive price.
A source that has previewed the new Amazon Kindle has released information regarding the latest editions added features, one of which will include a backlight. According to the source, a new monochrome e-reader is set to be released in July which will feature a background light option, unlike the first editions of the original Kindle reader.
The new monochromatic Kindle will feature e-ink, which is easier on the eyes versus reading off of an iPad or Kindle Fire. While Amazon was the first to pioneer the market with e-readers, Barnes and Nobles has actually beat the company to the chase by developing their own e-ink Nook with a built in background light. It would appear that the new rumored Kindle will have similar feature in an effort to compete.
The new Kindle, however, is not rumored to be available until July where as anxious e-readers can get their hands on a Nook now, if they are not already sold out.
For patient buyers, the perk of waiting until July for Amazon's new release Kindle could mean the price difference of up to $39. The source close to the company revealed to Reuters that the price difference in the new Kindles would not show much change, the current rate which is between $99 and $199 based on different features.
The Barnes and Noble Nook, which has been selling quickly in stores, has been going for an estimated $139. Amazon also won't be stopping there, and has intentions of releasing a new colored e-ink reader in addition to a new edition Kindle Fire.
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Some however, have questioned Amazon's ability to produce a colored e-ink anytime soon.
"I doubt if the color Kindle is ready for a launch," Vinita Jakhanwal, an analyst at IHS iSuppli, which tracks electronic component supply chains, told Reuters after suggesting that the screen had several glitches not too long ago.