Amazon on Tuesday announced a new entry-level Kindle e-reader for $99 with several improvements over the previous model.
The biggest change is the display, which is much sharper than the previous $89 Kindle. This means that the text will look clearer when you read it instead of being slightly blurred. Sharpness is now on par with Amazon’s $140 more expensive Kindle Paperwhite. The new Kindle also comes with double the storage, 16GB instead of 8GB, which should be more than enough for most digital libraries. You will be able to store thousands of books.
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The new Kindle also has backlighting, but lacks some of the more advanced backlighting features in the Kindle Paperwhite, such as the ability to change the white balance to an orange hue for reading comfort. It’s also not waterproof, so if you’re worried about getting splashed by the pool, you’ll still want to consider a more expensive model.
Finally, as with other updates to the Kindle line, such as the Paperwhite, Amazon has added a newer USB-C charger, which is the more common port used by Android phones, Apple tablets and others. It replaces the aging microUSB port, which gadgets have mostly abandoned in recent years.
Amazon also introduced a new Kindle Kids model with similar upgrades. Both devices can be pre-ordered from Tuesday.