Amazon has made the announcement that they are holding a Press Conference on Sept 6, a little less than two weeks from now. Rumors are flying … what new goodies will be revealed?
The two most common guesses are a new Kindle with a glow-screen and a Kindle Fire 2. It is also rumored that Amazon will (some day) develop a phone of their own. But that is NOT expected at this time.
I did not jump on the Fire bandwagon. Although I am a devoted (yes, I meant to use that word ) Kindle fan, the Fire is not for me. I use a tablet far too much for a Fire to meet my needs. My tablet is an iPad and no one can pry that goodie from my fingers.
But, ah, a glow screen Kindle! I am hoping this is true. The glow screen has been in the rumor mill for a while now. Barnes and Noble did this with their Nook, and it has been very well received. It is expected that Amazon will have to counter with a similar product of their own.E-ink is preferred by many for nighttime reading. Science has weighed in that computer light interferes with sleep cycles, so the back-lit iPad (or Fire) screen is not a good idea if you are trying to doze off with a good book. E-ink is a much better choice to precede a good night’s sleep.
However, when reading at night with a Kindle you need a separate light. It works, but as I twist and turn to get THE most comfortable spot, my light’s flexible arm bends and twists as well. And the light has to be positioned just right so that I don’t get a glare spot on the screen.
A “glow screen” would be the best of both worlds… consistent light across the screen, with e-ink for awesome reading pleasure. Best guesses say that with a glow screen, gentle light would surround the page. If Amazon comes out with such a device, I will upgrade, no doubt.
Some clues are “out there.” Over the last few days, suspicious things have been happening on Amazon’s website. The “buy” button disappeared from the Kindle touch. Could this mean they are getting ready to launch new things? Probably.
We will find out on September 6.