Facing increased competition from other e-book products such as the Nook and the Kobo, along with more generalist devices like the iPad, Amazon has dropped the price of its entry-level Kindle by US$60 (AU$70). This not only makes it one of the most affordable e-book readers on the market, but easily the most accessible around this price point.
Unlike many other e-book readers currenty available, the Kindle has a wealth of accessibility features including text-to-speech, text size adjustment and the ability to reverse the colour scheme. Although the iPad contains additional features, it is designed to be a more generalist device and costs nearly three times the price. The Kindle does have some limitations, however, in that publishers have the ability to remove the text-to-speech ability from particular book titles, and this was highlighted by Kindle publisher protests in the US.
Further information on the Kindle price drop can be found on the CNET news website.
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