Amazon has been steadily moving upscale with its Kindle line of e-book readers lately, but what about all those people who want to enjoy their digital books on the cheap? After two long years, the entry-level model has finally been updated and the new Kindle has now been born. Available in your choice of black or white, the new Kindle tosses in some new features and keeps the price point at a very affordable $79.99.

When we got our hands on the Amazon Kindle Voyage, we wondered if the PagePress feature was really worth the premium. Then, Amazon went even more expensive with higher-end Kindle Oasis, a device we later learned may have secret Bluetooth powers. As it turns out, that secret Bluetooth-ness is already panning out in the new Kindle.

Among the new features is the inclusion of built-in Bluetooth audio. This is designed for visually impaired users who want to use the VoiceView screen reader without the need for an adapter. There’s also a new feature called Export Notes where you can export your notes and highlights to your email, sent as a printable PDF that’s perfect for your book clubs. The usual stuff still applies, of course, like Whispersync, the new home screen, X-Ray, Word Wise and Kindle FreeTime.

The new Kindle is also thinner, lighter and rounder with twice the memory than the model it replaces, all while keeping the same price. You can pre-order the new Kindle for $79.99 Canadian on Amazon.ca now. Curiously, it’s also $79.99 US on Amazon.com for the version with “Special Offers.” With the exchange, this means Canadians are effectively getting about a 30% discount! If you want to remove the integrated advertising on the US version, then the price jumps to $99.99 US. The full press release with more detail can be found below.

New Kindle Doubles Memory, Adds Bluetooth, Still $79.99

New Kindle Doubles Memory, Adds Bluetooth, Still $79.99

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Most Affordable Kindle Now Even BetterThinner and Lighter, and Still Only $79.99

Thin and light design lets you easily take your full library with you on-the-go

Export your notes and highlightseasily print them for your book club, and more

First Kindle with built-in Bluetooth audio support for better accessibilityvisually impaired users can now use the VoiceView screen reader to read a book without an adaptor

SEATTLEJune 22, 2016Amazon.ca today introduced the all-new Kindle, making its most affordable reader thinner, lighter, and with twice the memory as the previous generation for the same price, just $79.99. Kindle is available at www.amazon.ca/kindle.

Tens of millions of readers around the world have Kindle e-readers and today, were excited to make our most affordable Kindle even better, while keeping the same breakthrough price point, said Arthur van Rest, General Manager, Kindle. With a thinner and lighter design, twice the memory, and all the features customers love about Kindle, it has never been a better time to be a reader.

KindleThinner, Lighter, Still Only $79.99
The all-new Kindle is thinner and lighter and has twice the memory compared to the previous generation Kindle. The new Kindle features a more rounded design, making it easy and comfortable to hold in one hand at any angle for extended reading sessions. Unlike reflective tablet and smartphone screens, the high contrast touchscreen display on Kindle eliminates glare in any setting, even in direct sunlight. Recent studies have shown that evening exposure to blue light from backlit screens like tablets and smartphones can suppress the bodys production of melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps the body fall asleep. Because the Kindle display emits no light, you can read anytime without losing sleep. Like all Kindle e-readers, the all-new Kindle has a battery life that lasts for weeks and not hours.

New Reading Features
Kindle comes with Amazons newest reading features, including:
Export NotesIts now easy to export notes and highlights from a book to your e-mail, so you can always have them on-hand for reference. Receive your notes both as an easily printable PDF thats ready to bring to your book club, and as a simple file you can open in your favorite spreadsheet app. This feature will be available as part of a free, over-the-air software update in the coming weeks.
Built-in Bluetooth audio for accessibilityThe first Kindle with built-in Bluetooth audio support, Kindle makes it possible for visually impaired users to use the VoiceView screen reader on Kindle to read the content of the screenincluding reading books and other Kindle contentwithout the need for an adaptor. This is enabled through a new out-of-box experience specifically for visually-impaired customers that allows them to pair their Kindle with Bluetooth headphones or a speaker.

Personalized Home ScreenAn updated interface and navigation makes it even easier to discover your next favorite book, manage Wish Lists, and see recommendations from friends via Goodreads. To learn more, visit www.amazon.ca/kindleupdate.

All the Features Readers Love about Kindle
The new Kindle includes all of the features that have made the Kindle family the most popular e-readers in the world for eight years running:
New FontsFonts like Bookerly, Ember, and OpenDyslexic provide more choice for customers on top of the world class fonts already available on Kindle.
Weeks of battery lifeBattery life is measured in weeks, not hours.
No set-up requiredKindle arrives pre-registered so you can start reading immediately.
WhispersyncSaves and synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks, and annotations across all of your devices and Kindle apps, so you can always pick up where you left off.
Worry-free archiveAutomatically backs up your Kindle books in the cloud, so you never need to worry about losing your booksre-download your books wirelessly anytime for free.
GoodreadsKindle is integrated with the worlds largest site for readers and book recommendations, with over 50 million members, 1.5 billion books added, and 50 million book reviews.
X-RayExplore the Bones of the Booksee all of the passages across a book that mention relevant ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places, or topics of interest.
Word WiseAvailable on many popular English language titles, Word Wise makes it easier to enjoy and quickly understand more challenging books. Short and simple definitions automatically appear above difficult words, so you can keep reading with fewer interruptions.
Kindle FreeTimeGives parents a simple, engaging way to encourage kids to spend more time reading. Hand-select books for your kids to read, and achievement badges are earned when they hit reading milestones.
Time to ReadTells you how much time it will take to finish a chapter or a book based on your personalized reading speed.
Vocabulary BuilderCompiles words you look up in the dictionary into an easy-to-access list. Use these lists to quiz yourself with flashcards and instantly see words in context.
Share your favorite passagesShare book recommendations, highlighted sections, and meaningful quotes with friends via Facebook and Twitter.
Smart LookupIntegrates a full dictionary definition with other reference information via X-Ray and Wikipedia.
Custom-Built Typesetting EngineWord and character spacing, with hyphenation, justification, ligatures, and kerning lays out the pages just as the author intended.

Worlds Best eBook Store
Kindle e-readers come with instant access to the Kindle Store, which includes:
Massive selectionMillions of books including the latest best sellers, Canadian authors, Kindle Singles, and over 200,000 French language titles.
Kindle exclusivesHundreds of thousands of books are exclusive to the Kindle Store.
Lowest book pricesOver a million titles are $4.99 or less, over 2 million are $9.99 or less.
Kindle UnlimitedEnjoy unlimited reading of over 1,000,000 books and over 25,000 books in French for just $9.99 a month.

The all-new Kindle is still just $79.99 and is available for pre-order around the world and will start shipping in the coming weeks. Pre-order now at www.amazon.ca/kindle.


About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.
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