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Amazon unveils Kindle 3

Kindle3 Another day, another new e-reader. The latest is Amazon's Kindle 3, which is 21% smaller in size and lighter (only 8.7 ounces). Amazon also reports its contrast is 50 percent better than any other e-reader, and a single battery charge lasts a month.

The updated 3G wireless version will still cost $189, but the Wi-Fi only unit will sell for $139. Which makes you wonder: How long before we see a $99 e-reader? Both of the new Kindles will be available Aug. 27, though you can pre-order if you want. 

Meanwhile, don't hold your breath for the Kindle with a color anytime soon. Amazon's senior vice president, Worldwide Digital Media Steve Kessel told Pocket-lint that the company was still mulling the idea of a color screen.

"We won't add colour if it compromises the reading experience," he said. "And today colour doesn't exist in electronic ink displays."


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It all sounds great, but what format books can you read on it? Still only AMZN's proprietary format? I don't think so.


Yup, it's all about the proprietary format with the e-readers...a big downside.

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