Amazon's Kindle was not the first e-book reader ever released. But there's no doubt it was the one with the most impact. Since its release in November 2007, the Kindle has been a key reason for the mainstream adoption of the digital e-book format. In fact, e-books now outsell both hardcover and paperback books combined on Amazon.com.
Through the years, the original E-Ink Kindle has seen plenty of refreshes, including the addition of Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity features. Amazon also released a "DX" variant, which sports a bigger screen than the regular Kindle. But with increased competition from competitors such as Barnes & Noble and Sony, which both offered touchscreen e-readers for example, Amazon needed to step up its game. Barnes & Noble's Nook Color tablet was especially a surprise, eclipsing the Kindle as the bestselling e-reader worldwide in 2011, thanks to its ability to be used as an Android tablet.
By 2011, Amazon refreshed its entire Kindle lineup by offering six models. The original Kindle 3 models were rebranded the Kindle Keyboard and Kindle Keyboard 3G. Amazon also added four new models. The first is a budget priced $79 Kindle with no keyboard. Next were two e-ink-based touchscreen models, the Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G. Rounding out the list was an Android-based tablet, the Kindle Fire. Needless to say, Amazon has no plans of relinquishing its e-reader crown that easily.
KNOW YOUR KINDLE
- Kindle Fire HD (2012)
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (2012)
- Kindle Paperwhite (2012)
- Kindle 4
- Kindle Touch & Kindle Touch 3G
- Kindle Keyboard & Kindle Keyboard 3G
- Kindle DX
- Kindle Fire (1st-Gen)
Using Your Kindle
- Borrowing and Lending Kindle E-Books
- How to Borrow Kindle Books From a Public Library
- Removing the Cover of a Kindle 3 With Keyboard
- Sending E-Mail With a Kindle Wi-Fi or 3G
- Kindle Daily Deals
- Gifting Kindle Books