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Initial post: May 20, 2013 10:25:56 AM PDT
KatieeB says:
I have the KK and seen they are no longer selling them. I got into chat with amazon last night and asked what would I get if my KK broke and she said they have a supply of replacements...yea, refurbished.
I then asked why they stopped making it rather than just improving it and she gave a song and dance story of them always trying to improve their Kindles.
I don't like the touch screen and didn't get into the Kindle Fire. Plus, I put out the extra dollars for the cover for KK with built in light. Anyone know where amazon is heading with all of this?

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 10:33:35 AM PDT
There is no reason to fear a refurbished Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 10:43:13 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Older models become discontinued and newer models with newer technology replaces them. That is the way of it with all companies.

Posted on May 20, 2013 11:45:23 AM PDT
The hope, of course, is that Amazon is coming out with a new improved Kindle Keyboard Paperwhite. Maybe a variation of the KK using paperwhite for the screen, but keeping the existing layout. Personally, I'd buy this even if the price were a premium. The trend to "stripped down" touch interface because it costs less with fewer buttons doesn't interest me in the least. I do love my iPad, but the touch interface is so good and fast that it works -- not so much for the existing paperwhite configuration.

Posted on May 20, 2013 11:48:03 AM PDT
KatieeB says:
I've been looking at the paperwhite but I didn't see any buttons at the side. I understand you touch the screen to turn pages. Is this an easy corner spot to touch or what?

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 11:49:24 AM PDT
I find the touch screen on the Paperwhite to be very responsive and nice to use. I was expecting to not like it, but it's great. Moving around on my husband's Basic, or on my DX is now really clumsy for me. I wouldn't go back to a button/keyboard type Kindle after using the Paperwhite.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 11:54:29 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
left half inch = page back
upper half inch = menu
rest of screen = page forward

Posted on May 20, 2013 11:58:37 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
I'd like to have page turn buttons on my Paperwhite but overall it's so much better for reading than my Kindle Keyboard was that page turn buttons are a small price to pay. The Paperwhite is "my" ereader. Whatever comes next will have to be magic to entice me away from it. And, knowing Amazon, I'll just bet it is magic. :)


In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 1:09:44 PM PDT
S. Dunham says:
I have a PW and still prefer the page turn buttons after almost 7 months of using it. Sometimes, I have to touch the screen a few times to turn the page. Never had that with the buttons. You can't read left handed with one hand easily like you can with the KK. But that PW screen with the light is amazing! Like LASoundCrafter, I'm still hoping for a PW-KK model.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 1:23:22 PM PDT
KatieeB says:
I agree about using the left hand. I do a lot of pc work and by the time I stop, lay down and read, I find my right hand gets tired and I'm using my left thumb to turn pages.

Posted on May 20, 2013 1:24:47 PM PDT
My crystal ball tells me to look for a new PW model in the very near future but doesn't tell me much about what to expect in terms of features other than audio support. Amazon owns and is actively promoting "professional narration" when you buy new e-books. If they've stopped selling the KK, I've got to believe they've got a new e-ink model of some sort, with audio support, coming out.

I don't miss the keyboard at all and probably wouldn't buy one even if it had other features I want. As little as I used it, I like the trade-off for smaller size and weight. However, I probably would trade up for a model with audio support and/or physical page-turn buttons (preferably both).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2013 7:00:45 PM PDT
Newer technology may replace older technology, but this isn't an issue of technology, it's an issue of features. It's outrageous that Amazon would discontinue a keyboard that it's featured on Kindle since the K1 days -- and that's how far back I go with Kindle. I want to be able to enter text by thumb-typing when I'm trying to make annotations. PW and other such models just don't cut it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2013 7:06:48 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
Touch screens are less expensive to implement and also more reliable. I think you will see keyboard ereaders completely phased out in a few years. I'm not discounting your opinion, just reflecting on my take on technology. Its comparable to the example of Blackberry and other brands of smart phones that used to dominated the market being nearly supplanted by touch screen phones.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2013 7:33:29 PM PDT
King Al says:
Well, Amazon apparently thinks you're in a minority.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2013 7:42:47 PM PDT
Sarida says:
I clearly wouldn't have the patience to be an Amazon Customer Service representative - and I work in the public school system.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2013 7:44:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2013 7:46:14 PM PDT
Reading Mom says:
That would be wonderful! One can always hope :-)
I LOVE the physical page turners and don't want to ever have to give that up.
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