Is it mere coincidence that stealth images of the iPad Mini have surfaced, just as Amazon is launching the Kindle Paperwhite and Barnes & Noble has improved the deal for its Nook Simple Touch eReader with Glowlight?
Readers Rejoice: Reviews of Kindle's first front-lit eReader are likewise glowing, hailing it as best of breed. Its' higher resolution and highly responsive 6-inch capacitive touch screen is so much brighter and whiter and evenly lit by patented "light guide" side illumination that readers will choose to leave the lighting on almost all the time, except when venturing outside, Even then, the battery power is rated for 8 weeks of standby and 30 minutes per day of use between charges. Such staying power is sure to unleash envy from any user of a mere 8-10 hour capacity LCD screen tablet.
On the downside, Amazon has held the price of its new Wi-Fi-only eReader to $119 by cutting RAM memory in half (to hold a mere 1,100 books) and eliminating text-to-voice-translation and an earphone jack. Oh, and you have to cough up an extra $20 to eliminate advertisements and "special offers" and $10 more to get a plug-in AC charger. For starters, the package includes just a USB charging cable.
Nook Counterpunch: Barnes & Noble has countered by slicing its' first Nook reader with GlowLight to the same $119 price, while touting it has an AC power adaptor packed "in-box." Plus, this Nook arrives "ad-free" and weighs a half-ounce less - 7 ounces versus 7.5 for the Kindle Paperwhite. Take that, Amazon!