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Summary:

Amazon’s big press event announced four new Kindles, an e-reader as well as a a feature called Kindle Serials, which will bring old-school serialized publications to the e-reader age.

Kindle Fire HD 7 inches
photo: Courtesy: Amazon

Amazon announced at a press conference Thursday four new tablets and one new ereader, the Kindle Paperwhite, as well as Kindle Serials a feature where  users can buy a serialized publication that will update automatically. Despite rumors, Amazon did not announce a smartphone. GigaOM’s Laura Owen live blogged from the LA event. Here’s a quick summary of what Amazon is rolling out:

Kindle Paperwhite

  • high-def front-lit display
  • longer battery life
  • starting at $119; 3G $179

Kindle

  • small revamp
  • $69

Kindle Fire

  • faster processor
  • twice the memory
  • longer battery life
  • $159

Kindle Fire HD 

  • 16 GB
  • Front-facing HD camera
  • 7 inch and 8.9 inch
  • $199 (7-inch) and $299 (8.9-inch)
  • 11 hours battery life (7 inch)

Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE

  • 32 GB
  • 8.9 inch
  • $499

Kindle Serials

  • episodes update automatically
  • $1.99

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  1. Saul Tanpepper Friday, September 7, 2012

    I pitched the idea of GAMELAND, a serialized urban thriller, to Amazon back in April and was told it wasn’t doable. I went ahead and did it anyway without their blessing and the series has taken off. If you want to identify the real innovators in Amazon’s publishing world, look at the indies who are experimenting with price points and formats. My only concern is that they’re restricting the entire series to the $1.99 price point. I think they’re really missing the boat if they don’t allow other sized serials like GAMELAND.

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