Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kindle News: 9.7" e-Ink DX Graphite, w/ free slow 3G web lookups, now $199. Paperwhite 2 with 3G back in stock in 2-3 weeks. Kindlestore launches in Australia, HDX's arrive in the UK. Pricing drops updated. Amazon and USPS beginning Sunday deliveries in two cities.

The 9.7" e-Ink Kindle DX Graphite is now $199.

This one doesn't carry language about a "limited time" offer.  It had been $239 for awhile after the price was lowered from $299 for the resuscitated e-Ink giant, and for a few days it was $189 before going back to $239 on Oct 15.  $199 seems to be the new price rather than a temporary deal.

This 9.7" e-Ink Kindle eReader, with more text on a 'page' and larger fonts that look as if they are etched onto the screen, made a re-appearance on Amazon's e-Ink family header in May 2013, at $299 (formerly $379 when new).

  You can see detailed information on what this device is like in the blog article from May 31 about the larger e-Ink eReader many have hoped would remain available.

  Alert: The current e-Ink family header with the discounted DXG price has an oddity on it, still: The 3G Kindle Paperwhite picture is linking to the previous Paperwhite 3G model at $179 rather than to the current and "New" 3G Paperwhite 2 3G model that is $189.
  If you click on the header link to the previous 3G model, note that the newer one will be back in stock in about 2 weeks.

NOTE: While the newer 6" touch-based e-Ink eReaders with 3G cellular network capability have 3G access to just the Amazon store and (few know this) 24/7 free access to Wikipedia from almost wherever you are as long as a cellular AT&T tower is nearby, the older keyboard (non-Touch) e-Ink eReaders work (with no-added-cost) for slow, 3G web browsing whereever an AT&T smart phone would.

  The 9.7" Kindle's 3G is the connecting mechanism for this device with a keyboard -- there is no WiFi capability on this model.  Amazon still gives, on this device, slow but free 24/7 access to all websites that offer mainly text content with few images.

  An image-heavy site should be avoided because all the images would not load in your lifetime, so you'd use the 'm' or mobile version of a website, which normally sends fewer images and focuses on text.

  Many find this slow 3g-web-lookup useful on trips abroad, where very expensive 'roaming' charges would apply, to check email, text-based news, or to get driving directions from one place to another.

  To check what countries' residents can use the 3G web-browsing feature for the e-Ink Kindle DX eReader, see the web Countries page in connection with e-Ink keyboard models with 3G.

  This larger eReader can be shipped to customers outside the U.S. also.

Amazon launches a Kindlestore in Australia.  Australians wondering whether to make the switch (from the U.S. store) should read these articles:

  * BRW report on where Kindle HD and HDX's will be sold and Australian Kindle book pricing vs U.S. prices.
  * Lifehacker's Amazon Australian Kindle Store: Everything You Need To Know
  * Lifehacker's How Do Amazon's Australian Kindle Book Prices Compare?.

Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD/HDX line in the UK
See's article.  I've verified the product pages and updated the Full global Kindle list for these changes and for various pricing drops.

Amazon partners with the U.S. Post Office for Sunday delivery in two cities
Starting this weekend with the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and New York City, Amazon will offer Sunday delivery via the U.S. Postal Service and the company plans to expand the service in 2014, with Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix mentioned so far.

  There'll be no extra charge for Sunday delivery, which will be for both Prime shipping members (free 2-day delivery of most Amazon-sold products) and non-Prime members, who can get free 5-8 day delivery on orders of at least $35 (up'd from $25 recently).

  An interesting factoid from the USA Today article: "...the USPS is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation – 152 million homes, businesses and post office boxes.

I received my Kindle HDX 8.9" tablet with 64 GB storage and have been making notes while enjoying it even more than I'd expected and am doing a follow-up report on the HDX line and its reception and features that have been given a lot of press recently.

 It should be done by Thursday night, but I've been experimenting with a lot of the features and changes that show Amazon was listening to its customer base.

Current Kindle Models for reference, plus free-ebook search links.
New Kindle Fire HD 7" 2nd Gen - $139/169
Kindle Fire HDX 7" 16-64GB - $229/269/309
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" 16-64GB - $379/429/479
- with 4G added: $479/529/579
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 16GB - 1st Gen $229
- 32GB w/ no special-offers: $314
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $69/$89
Kindle Touch WiFi - $99
Kindle Paperwhite 2, WiFi - $119/$139
Kindle Paperwhite 2, WiFi+3G - $189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $139/$159, Free web
Kindle DX - $379 $199 (*New* price)
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £69
Kindle Paperwhite 2, WiFi
Kindle Paperwhite2 3G, UK
Kindle Fire Basic HD 8/16GB, UK
 from £119
Kindle Fire HDX 7" 16-64GB, UK
from £199. 4G/3G
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" 16-64GB, UK - from £329. 4G/3G

CANADA - Kindlestore, CDN-$
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - $79
Kindle Paperwhite 2 - $139
Kindle Paperwhite 2, 3G - $209
KFire HD Yr 2012 7" $214,  8.9" $244.
Yr 2013 KFires: HD Gen2, HDX line

*OTHER Int'l pages*
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $89
Paperwhite WiFi $139, 3G/Wifi $209
KFire HD Yr 2012: 7" $214,  8.9" $244
Yr 2013: HD Gen2 + HDX line

Australia Kindlestore
France Boutique Kindle
Deutschland - Kindle Store
Italia - Kindle Store
Spain - Tienda Kindle
Brazil - Amazon Brazil
China - Amazon China [?]
Japan - Amazon Japan

  For daily free ebooks, check the following links:
Temporarily-free books - Non-classics
USA: by:
   Publication Date  
   Bestselling   High-ratings

UK: PubDate   Popular

The Kindle Daily Deal

What is 3G? and "WiFi"?       Battery Care

Highly-rated under $1
,  Newest: $1-$2, $2-$3
Most Popular Free K-Books
U.S. & Int'l (NOT UK):
   Top 100 free
   Top 100 free

Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.

USEFUL for your Kindle Keyboard (U.S. only, currently):
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  99c Calendar,   99c Converter

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