Amazon Offers Free Kindle Shipping In Time for Christmas
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
December 20 2011 03:25 PM ET
It’s not too late for holiday deliveries — if you want a Kindle. Amazon today announced free two-day shipping on its four latest Kindle devices, including the new Kindle Fire tablet and the budget-priced Kindle e-reader. Amazon says you’ll have your Kindle by Dec. 24.
Customers must order by 8 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Dec. 21 to ensure holiday delivery. Eligible Kindles are the $79 Kindle, $99 Kindle Touch, $149 Kindle Touch 3G and $199 Kindle Fire. Not sure which one to get? Try this quick comparison:
- $79 Kindle: This value model delivers access to all Kindle books and sports a 6-inch screen. Books are delivered over Wi-Fi in under a minute. Ads are displayed when browsing new titles, but not within a book. The device weighs under 6 ounces, holds 1,400 books and offers a one-month battery life.
- $99 Kindle Touch: Same screen size as the $79 Kindle and adds touch-screen navigation, reducing buttons down to one for on/off. Wi-Fi for downloading, no ads, weighs 7.5 ounces, holds 3,000 books and has a two-month battery life.
- $149 Kindle Touch: The extra $50 will buy a 3G connection for downloading books when no Wi-Fi is available. It’s slightly heavier at 7.8 ounces, but otherwise is the same as the $99 model.
- $199 Kindle Fire: This is Amazon’s low-cost alternative to the iPad. The Fire allows users to browse the Internet in full color via Amazon’s proprietary “Silk” browser. It also offers access to Amazon’s marketplace for TV shows, music and movies. Like the $500 iPad model, the Fire offers Wi-Fi connection only — no 3G. The screen measures 7 inches. Amazon says it will hold 80 apps plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books. However, Amazon offers free cloud storage with all of its devices, so running out of room for content is not a concern for most users. The Fire weighs just under a pound at 14.6 ounces and offers 7.5 hours of video playback or 8 hours of reading and browsing time on a single battery charge.