Kindle Voyage aims for premium e-reading bliss, plus the entry-level Kindle gets touch

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In addition to a bevy of new and updated tablets, Amazon this morning revealed a pair of new Kindle e-readers – including the Kindle Voyage, a new high-end model that sounds truly exquisite.

Why take a trip with the Voyage? The new 300ppi high-resolution display is certainly a standout feature, plus the micro-etched glass screen purports to both remove glare and feel like real paper. Also new: PagePress sensors to the right and left of the screen, which flip the page with a slight press and give a subtle bit of haptic feedback.

The Kindle Voyage is also ultra-thin at 7.6mm (with a magnesium backing), and has a new adaptive front light that senses your reading conditions and adjusts the brightness accordingly.

Amazon’s high-end device (the front model in the image above) is slated to debut on 21 October in the United States for $199 (about R2,200) for a Wi-Fi model with special offers (the Wi-Fi + 3G version is $269, or about R3,000).

If you don’t need something quite so fancy, Amazon’s entry-level Kindle has been updated with touch capabilities, and also has the Family Library feature that’s coming to the Kindle Voyage and the newly-announced Fire HD tablets. The Kindle sells for $79 (about R880) and hits the States on 2 October.

As with the tablets, today’s news only pertains to the U.S. release, but we ought to hear more about a broader launch for both soon.

Source: Amazon

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