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Are there any rumors of new Kindle models coming out this year?


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Initial post: Jul 24, 2013 2:25:46 PM PDT
Chellb says:
I'm hoping for a Paperwhite/ Kindle keyboard combo with audio capability. Isn't usually around this time of year that they announce new models?

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 2:26:23 PM PDT
September

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 2:33:36 PM PDT
The last few years it has been in late summer or early fall. Before new Kindles were on roughly an 18 month cycle. So who knows?

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 3:31:02 PM PDT
T. Schiel says:
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/tablets/three-new-kindle-fires-to-light-up-2013--1164675

September probably.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 3:59:30 PM PDT
Chellb says:
Thanks for the replies and the article. Looks like I'm in for a bit of a wait still. Hopefully they haven't forgotten e-ink fans like me.

Thanks again.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 9:17:56 PM PDT
Jay says:
I have seen reports from a dozen sources...all of which seem to be repeating the same one rumor. Someone allegedly attached to Amazon somehow-not specified-has said that there will be three new Fires out in September, or October, in time for the Christmas sales season. Exact features are not specified, except that the screen resolution is supposed to be higher on each, and the prices are going to be about the same as the current crop. Amazon neither verifies, or denies, or comments in any other manner. It is logical that if any new models are to come out this year, it would be in September, or October. There was one rumor of an unspecified PaperWhite upgrade, in one report, but none of the other reports mentioned such. Time will tell. Wait and see. I don't believe rumors, but keep track of them so as to be able to compare the rumors with the ultimately revealed reality. The rumors preceding the 3G+WiFi (Keyboard) were mostly wrong. So were nearly all of those which forecast the iPad Mini. Take all with a grain of salt...and wait.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 10:05:57 PM PDT
I want pretty much the same as you, but I suspect we'll have to wait till next year. It would make sense, given it was only last month they opened up the App Store to 200 new countries, that they're likely to be concentrating on improved Fires just now.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 10:08:39 PM PDT
Chellb says:
Thank you, Erin. I am trying to be patient. Really, I am. But I recently saw a Paperwhite in person and I like it. But I want it to be exactly like my Kindle keyboard but with the new screen/ light. I know chances are slim, but I keep hoping.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 2:08:48 AM PDT
Jay says:
The Keyboard is discontinued. I doubt they will revive it with a PaperWhite screen. Anything is possible, but some things are far less likely than others.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 2:40:04 AM PDT
But it's *possible* it was discontinued to make way for a newer form.

Mind you, all I want is a PW with page turn buttons & audio, rather than a KK with PW lighting.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 6:54:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 25, 2013 6:55:37 AM PDT
Chellb says:
CBP,

You're much easier to please than I. I do love the page turn buttons on the KK, but I want more. I love the *idea* of the smaller non keyboard kindle- it fits better in my purse, for one thing. But to me it is not easy to handle. We have the smaller, non-touch kindle, and I often read to my kids from it. I can't tell you how many times I've been lying in bed, reading an bedtime story and nearly dropped the thing on my face. I think it's mostly the fact that the page turn buttons are too small, and you have to put your thumb more on the edge of the button than the top of the button. For my hands at least, this throws off the balance and makes holding it awkward and precarious.

I'm not a big fan of touchscreens, but I think I could get used to one in general. But for reading a book I think it would be a problem. I frequently hold my kindle with a thumb on the screen, either above or below the spot I am currently reading. A touchscreen would force me to stop doing that and would make for a less comfortable reading experience.

For me the audio is non-negotiable. I use it to check my documents for errors that I've missed in proofreading as well as using it occasionally to listen to a book when my hands are otherwise occupied. IF something happens to my KK, I'll have to by used if I can't get audio in a new model.

Erin,
You're probably right about the keyboard being gone for good, but for my sake I'm going to hope you're wrong.

edited to correct spelling.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 5:38:57 PM PDT
Jay says:
Chelib - I like my KK, too, and have many Audible books on it. If it goes belly up, I will have to get a Fire to continue having audio capability. I also have a Kindle (Basic), and may get a PW before long. I do prefer reading on an E-Ink model. A Fire HD would give me backup audio capability for the day when the Keyboard fizzles out. I will wait on that until I see what the latest crop of Fires look like when they hit the market...which rumor has it will be in September. A PW screened KK would be nice, but I don't expect it. Amazon seems to be bent upon getting rid of buttons, and going Touch Screen...which I am not fond of, but may have to get used to. The audio equipped PW with page turn buttons seems vaguely possible, as a next generation PW, but also as a step towards ultimately phasing out E-Inks. If there is a second generation PW, there probably won't be a third. I suspect that Amazon is slowly herding us all towards backlit tablets, and away from E-Inks. If so, that will be a shame.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2013 9:03:37 PM PDT
S. Prewitt says:
If you do decide to go for a tablet, don't forget to consider offerings from Google (Android operating system), Apple (iOS operating system), and maybe even Microsoft. Amazon makes free Kindle reading apps for all of them, and at least one of them -- the app for Apple iOS -- has more features than the app Amazon uses for its own Kindle Fires. I own two Kindle Fires, the original and the HD 8.9", and have become thoroughly disenchanted with the bugs and slow adoption of features found on the eink readers.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2013 11:29:09 PM PDT
>>We have the smaller, non-touch kindle, and I often read to my kids from it. I can't tell you how many times I've been lying in bed, reading an bedtime story and nearly dropped the thing on my face. I think it's mostly the fact that the page turn buttons are too small<<

The PW is slightly larger than the Basic, and only 0.2" smaller in width than the KK. I think it would be possible to make a PW with physical page turn buttons more similar to the KK's than the Basic's.

>>But for reading a book I think [a touchscreen] would be a problem. I frequently hold my kindle with a thumb on the screen, either above or below the spot I am currently reading.<<

Which is kind of why I want physical page turn buttons (plus I really like being able to turn pages either way with either hand). But the tedious keyboard navigation on the Basic, using arrow buttons, is DREADFUL, so I think the touchscreen is an improvement there - better than both the Basic and the KK, really. And I think it would be pretty easy to have the touchscreen only switch into active mode after pressing the Menu button, for example.

As for the audio - I had Audible books on mine, but ran out of space and have generally found having them on an Audible-capable mp3 player better for me. That, of course, doesn't answer the needs of those who want it for TTS.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2013 11:35:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 27, 2013 11:39:47 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Yes, that would be ideal for me, too.

"I really like being able to turn pages either way with either hand"

So do I, but I found it surprisingly easy to do on PW with short swipes with thumb. Thats probably why they removed vertical swipes - the two "orientations" were too easily confused.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2013 11:38:23 PM PDT
See? A massive customer base! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2013 11:41:52 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
:o)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2013 11:50:13 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
hmmm, is CBP calling you massive?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2013 11:57:13 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
I was about to crack something about me becoming somewhat less massive in recent years (no sweets, pasta, bread...), but was afraid CBP will think I thought that *was* intended as comment on my still respectful personal gravitational field :o))

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2013 12:01:27 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
:-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2013 1:02:33 AM PDT
LOL. I had no thought of that connotation! I was thinking that Dragi and I together are so influential a part of his market that surely Jeff would have to listen to us.

Personal size is irrelevant (unless you want to have a competition for who's the heaviest, in which case Dragi will probably win, since I'm slim and petite).

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2013 9:13:17 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Apparently, there is a downvoting fairy around thinking we are not approaching the OP with enough gravitas :o)

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 9:31:53 AM PDT
Chellb says:
The OP is not one who insists on massive gravitas regardless of a poster's size of lack thereof. You folks have been kind enough to answer my question and commiserate with me about Amazon not taking my personal requirements into account when planning its Kindle lineup, and I thank you, massively.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2013 9:32:58 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
the massively is a nice touch...

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 3:16:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 22, 2013 3:18:14 AM PDT
imix says:
I have also hope for new kindle paperwhite with page turn buttons & audio/tts.
Hope they will use new Ivona TTS voices with kindle reader :)

But I think they will push them around May or September 2014 year (this are only my predictions).
IMO it looks very likely, that at this moment they are hard working to improve screen defects and integrate kindle reader with Ivona software.
We need simply to wait patiently.
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