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Has the Kindle Keyboard been discontinued?


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Initial post: Sep 3, 2013 12:59:19 PM PDT
I noticed today that the Kindle Keyboard - both wi-fi and 3G versions - are no longer available new from Amazon.com. Have those products been discontinued?

I ask specifically because I can't use touch screens, and I am enough of a power user that the entry-level Kindle without a keyboard is a frustrating experience for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2013 1:01:25 PM PDT
The Keyboard hasn't been available for quite a while. You might look for refurbs, or in brick & mortar stores.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2013 1:01:39 PM PDT
KK has been gone for awhile, now.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 1:05:13 PM PDT
W says:
Do any of the new kindles have audio book capability?

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 1:05:36 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
There were a couple of white ones (two left) - without special offers. Noticed them last week and almost ordered one. Looked just now and they are gone...

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 1:06:52 PM PDT
Really? I bought a Kindle Keyboard ... ah, in December of last year. I guess that was 9 months ago now, eh?

Did/Does Amazon announce discontinuations like that? I would have loved the chance to buy another one as a back up before they went away.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 1:07:20 PM PDT
Sad to say...the keyboard is history.
I think it was by far the best kindle.
I hate touch screen, and will not buy one.
I hope my keyboard with the page turn buttons lasts a long time.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2013 1:10:17 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
No, they don't make announcements about it.

May I ask why you can't use a touch screen?

Have you seen a Kindle touchscreen? It is nothing like a shiny smart phone touch screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2013 1:14:24 PM PDT
How long do you expect to live? The times they are a'changin'. Pretty soon you're not going to have any choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2013 1:18:23 PM PDT
Wendy - The Kindle Fire models, the DX, and the refurbished Touch model are all available from Amazon and all have audio capabilities.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2013 1:18:54 PM PDT
Just Peachy says: May I ask why you can't use a touch screen?

I'd rather not discuss my medical problems here.

Just Peachy says: Have you seen a Kindle touchscreen? It is nothing like a shiny smart phone touch screen.

Yes. My partner owns one. Between us, we own almost all the Kindle products from 2nd generation on, except a DX ... which, oh! Still has a keyboard. Mind you, it's huge and expensive, but at least it's a fall back option ... for now.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 1:24:03 PM PDT
Amer says:
I sold my first Kindle Keyboard foolishly to upgrade to Kindle Touch. Within a few months, I had to buy Kindle Keyboard again. For me best thing about KK is that I can hold it anyway and not worry about accidentally turning a page, take notes much faster, and of course, TTS.

Sad to see it discontinued :(

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 1:40:57 PM PDT
K. Percy says:
Agree, I love my KK and was just this weekend considering buying some used.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 2:01:20 PM PDT
I got mine earlier this year on eBay. I'm so happy with it. I love the text to speech function and use it constantly in my car.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2013 2:17:09 PM PDT
King Al says:
Is a stylus not an option for you?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2013 3:10:40 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Okay, understand if it's a medical problem.
Just some people say they can't when they really mean they haven't tried.

I would highly suggest you write to Amazon at kindle-feedback@amazon.com to tell them how much you hope they continue to have a model with buttons.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2013 3:28:21 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
Expensive is in the eye of the beholder. At $239, it's less than half the price I paid in 2009 for a US-only model. As for huge, it's roughly the same footprint as an iPad.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 3:36:15 PM PDT
Lynne says:
If you type kindle keyboard into the search bar - then select kindles on the side menu (to aid sorting) - there are about 40 kindle keyboards for sale -- you might also try amazon warehouse deals - they have them off and on as refurbished - got one in late June due to the battery life vs the fire that I had

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 3:48:17 PM PDT
K. Piper says:
I'd much rather keep the hardware buttons I have on my Kindle 3G. I have a tablet that I read on, and I don't like reading on a touchscreen device as much as I like reading on my 3G. I also don't like fingerprints on my reading surface (though there are still cheese-prints on my hardcovers and paperbacks).

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2013 5:13:31 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
The eink touch screens are very different than a tablet touch screen. They don't show fingerprints as much.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 5:32:58 PM PDT
Candygal says:
I took notice you said "as much" so they do show fingerprints. I have a KK and have never had to clean the screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2013 6:04:06 PM PDT
King Al says:
But you don't touch the screen as much as you do with a touchscreen. The only time I have to clean my PW's screen is when I've been eating greasy food.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2013 5:22:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2013 5:25:06 PM PST
CLJSR says:
I completely agree, the KK's keyboard is not wonderful, but when I want to search, it comes in very handy or a guy with big clumsy fingers. I dropped my old, earlier version of the KK and had to order a used 3g version. What's up Amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2013 5:46:35 PM PST
Nothing's "up". They discontinued it, that's all. It happens.

Incidentally, this is one of the few times it pays to be in Australia. There are still shops here selling KKs :-)
http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technology/Ereaders-and-Accessories/Ereaders/SM2FQJT3Q

Trouble is, they're ridiculously expensive to begin with, compared to US prices, and even if the shop delivered overseas (which I don't think they do), that would be another $30-40 in postage, probably.

But if anyone was so desperate for one that they'd be prepared to fork out the $220-30 to me, I could buy one here and post it over.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 9:57:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2013 10:00:15 PM PST
dreamcatcher says:
I bought a DX and really like it. I do have a kindle addiction and bought a second DX as well as a another keyboard when I realized it was discontinued. The DX is really not that heavy and it is nice not to have to turn the page so often. I do have a stand I can put it on if I want to. I also own last years paperwhite and this years paperwhite and really like them as well and I do rotate them so they all get used.
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