New Kindle announced for U.K.

Amazon UK announced various Kindle developments today including a wi-fi only model and the inclusion of WebKit-based browser software. Both these new additions have interesting potential for libraries looking at providing ebook readers.

The browser feature is labelled as ‘experimental’ at this stage, whatever that means. Other ‘experimental’ features are the text-to-speech (including menus) which, combined with the text adjustment options, make this a decent accessibility tool.

The new Kindle model is smaller and lighter than previous versions and priced at £109 (wifi-only) and £149 (wi-fi/3G). And of course, there are various other ebook readers available…

University of Sheffield are already experimenting with ebook readers and the British Library have made a collection of 19th Century first editions available via Kindle but it would be interesting to know if any other library services are lending or utilising ebook readers in anyway.

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