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Report: Two new Amazon Kindle e-books planned

Smaller e-book reader to launch this year

Amazon is preparing to release two models of its Kindle device – the e-book reader it released in the US last year – according to one technology blog.

TechCrunch claims Amazon is planning one smaller model, and one bigger version. They're set to launch in October and next year respectively.

According to the report, the smaller Kindle will feature a new interface, while the bigger model will be shaped like a 8.5in by 11in sheet of paper. Both will be available in a range of colours, according to TechCrunch.

Amazon officially announced its long-anticipated Kindle e-book reader last November, and it's available in the US for $399.

The current model, which operates without needing to connect to a PC, weighs 10.3 ounces, can contain up to 200 books, has a keyboard, and uses electronic ink display technology.

The company has yet to reveal sales figures, but claims the original Kindle sold out within five hours of going on sale in the US on November 19 2007.

See also:

Amazon Kindle: hands-on first impressions

Amazon's original Kindle e-book


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