Amazon Streamlines Kindle Line-up

That was fast! Two weeks ago, introduced a Kindle e-book reader with AT&T 3G wireless and the ability to download books in a hundred countries. It priced it at $279 and knocked the cost for the U.S.-only version down to $259. It seemed odd to keep the old version around at such a modest discount-and now it's gone.

As Engadget's Thomas Ricker is reporting, Amazon has now killed the old Kindle, marked the new one down to $259, and will be issuing $20 rebates to everyone who paid $279. As Thomas points out, this not only logically streamlines the Kindle lineup, but responds to the announcement of Barnes & Noble's Nook, which will cost $259 and sounds like a more advancec device, at least in some ways.

Meanwhile, I lied in the headline of this post-there are still two Kindles. But it seems like a safe bet that the big-boy Kindle DX will get AT&T wireless (and probably a price cut) in the next few months. By the time the Plastic Logic Que ships, surely...

This story, "Amazon Streamlines Kindle Line-up" was originally published by Technologizer.

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