Amazon plans to introduce the next version of its Kindle electronic reader book in August, according to two people familiar with its plans.
The device will be thinner and have a more responsive screen with a sharper picture, they said, who didn’t want to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The new Kindle won’t include a touch screen or color, they said.
Amazon's Jeff Bezos doesn't see a color Kindle hitting the market anytime soon. Slapping color into an Eink device is "technically very difficult" said Bezos during a brief session at the shareholder meeting. It is easier to integrate color into a device when the product uses an LCD screen, but it's still less of an ideal reading experience than the e-ink format.
The Kindle currently sells for $260, the same price as the Nook. Sony sells its touch-screen device for $200. The iPad starts at $500.