Amazon announces new budget Kindle e-reader

Amazon has announced a new version of its entry-level Kindle, the first of its e-readers under €100 to come with a front light for reading in different light conditions.

The new Kindle, which the technology giant confirmed will cost around €80, will also feature e-ink technology that Amazon says improves contrast on the screen.

The introduction of an adjustable front light to the six-inch display will make it easier to use indoors at night under low light conditions, or outside in direct sunlight, Amazon said.

The device will cost around €80 (Amazon/PA)
The device will cost around €80 (Amazon/PA)

Eric Saarnio, Amazon’s head of devices in Europe, said: “Customers consistently tell us how much they appreciate having a front light on Kindle devices so they can read in any environment – even in bed at night.

“The team worked hard to bring this customer-favourite feature to our most affordable device, and we’re excited to introduce the all-new Kindle – the first Kindle under £100 with a built-in adjustable front light.”

Amazon also said the new Kindle will come with battery life that lasts “weeks, not hours”, and new software features including one which will automatically mark a book in a user’s library as read when they finish it.

Popular existing Kindle features including Audible audiobook sync, Whispersync for reading across devices and X-Ray background information pop-ups are also included.

The Kindle is the entry-level version of the firm’s e-reader line-up, which also includes the Kindle Paperwhite and the high-end Kindle Oasis.

- Press Association

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