announced its new line of Kindles, which will release on October 1st. Among them are the new Kindle Fire, the Kindle Fire HD, and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" (which is a horrible name). I have absolutely no interest in any of the Kindle Fire family. Go buy an iPad.
What does interest me, however, is the new Kindle Paperwhite. Evidently, the screen is higher resolution and has a special backlight technology that is way less obnoxious than LED or LCD, which bounce light back into the space surrounding the screen. It also has 2GB of memory and the ability to change spacing and font size in your eBooks. BUT...
There's a huge but. BUT Amazon has also announced that none of their future Kindles will support text to speech. They supposedly tout this new line as upgrades. Yes, they have a slightly larger memory. Yes, they have the ability to change fonts. And yet they have still not given me a reason to ever update my three year old Kindle 2 3G. In fact, now I am clutching it tighter! It still runs like a top, it still holds its battery charge for weeks. It holds all my books, and reads to me when I can't give it the attention it deserves. Because Amazon has still not given me a reason to abandon my Kindle 2, I declare the new line of Kindles a complete and epic fail.
Why would you come out with a new line of Kindles and actually remove features that were there before? It just makes no sense - it borders on stupidity, from a business perspective. Without the text-to-speech, there is honestly no differentiating the Kindle from the Barnes & Noble Nook or any of the other e-Readers out there.