Amazon’s Kindle e-book readers are some of the best-selling devices in the segment around the world. Originally introduced back in November 2007, the Kindle’s incredible initial success saw Amazon launching several variants and iterations of the gadget over the next few years, most of which have been well-received by the buying public. Now, according to tweet by the company’s CEO, Mr. Jeff Bezos, the next “all-new, top of the line” Kindle e-reader is “almost ready” to be launched. The device will be the 8th-generation Kindle and is expected to be announced next week by the online retail giant. The upcoming e-reader will be a follow-up to the Kindle Voyage, which is the current top-shelf Kindle from Amazon and was introduced back in late 2014.
While Mr. Bezos has promised to reveal more details regarding the upcoming device next week, it isn’t immediately clear whether the next-gen Kindle will only be announced next week or if Amazon will also make it available for purchase with immediate effect. Either way, with no way to know that for sure, those waiting to get their hands on the next-gen e-reader from Amazon will simply have to wait out the next few days to see what the Seattle, Washington-based online retail giant has in store for its customers. It will also be interesting to note the pricing of the upcoming device, as the Kindle Voyage can currently be bought at around $200 in the U.S. The 2015 Kindle Paperwhite, meanwhile, is priced at around the $120 mark currently.
Talking about the pricing of various current-generation Kindle e-readers, Amazon Prime members are actually eligible for some pretty decent discounts on these devices. While a $50 discount on the Voyage takes its price down to $150, the Kindle Paperwhite can be had for as low as $90 if you’re an Amazon Prime member. What’s more, the basic $80 Kindle also gets a $30 price-cut for those putting down the monthly fees for Amazon Prime membership, making it a steal at just $50. With less-expensive tablets becoming the norm, the company also launched a Fire tablet at the $50 price point last year, making it one of the best-selling tech items last holiday season.