this coming friday will mark the debut of amzon’s third generation kindle e reader. the new device was announced earlier in the month and is 21 percent smaller and 15 percent lighter than the previous model. the device still uses the 6 inch black and white e-ink screen as with previous iterations, despite pressure from other colour e readers on the market. however the kindle 3 will have a 20 percent faster refresh rate that the previous model. the device will be available in graphite and white and two different configurations. one model will sell for 139 USD and come with wifi only, while the 189 USD model will come with wifi and 3G connectivity. on board storage is now at 4 GB and battery life can be as long as one month. along with all the hardware upgrades the device also has a more streamlined design.

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amazon kindle 3

amazon kindle 3

amazon kindle 3

amazon kindle 3

design-aerobics: tech gadgets course (september 16th – november 16th) next month designboom will hold an online design course on the topic of ‘tech gadgets’. we’ll be looking at the design process of popular technological objects, the ways they have evolved and pondering as to what might be around the corner.

more information on how to enroll and a lesson list can be found here.