Kindle 3 Rumors

by Greg on April 19, 2009

The Kindle 2 has only been out for a little over two months now but the Kindle 3 rumors started almost as soon as the Kindle 2 was released. Most of the rumors that I’ve read so far have the Kindle 3 coming out in time for the holidays in 2009 – that’s correct, only a few months after the release of the Kindle 2.

Along with rumors of the release date there are some rumors of what improvements the Kindle 3 will have over the Kindle 2. As far as screen size, I’ve read from different sources that it could be increased anywhere from a 9.7 inch screen to a full 8.5 x 11 inch screen. The Kindle 3 is also rumored to have a touch screen.

These would be great improvements but there are some improvements that Kindle owners would like to see even more based on a poll right here at The Kindle Warehouse. The most popular improvements that readers would like to see (according to this poll) are as follows:

  • Ability to put books in folders – 273 votes
  • Color screen – 203 votes
  • SD card slot – 198 votes
  • Touch screen – 188 votes
  • Bigger screen – 90 votes

Personally, I would love to be able to have folders and a touch screen would be great as long as it doesn’t affect the quality of the e-ink technology. One of the main reasons I would like to see the touch screen is because I really don’t like the design of the Kindle 2 keyboard at all.

As the months roll by and we get closer to the holiday season, I’ll keep you updated on the latest Kindle 3 rumors and see how much of a reality a 2009 holiday release seems to be as well as the different features that the Kindle 3 may have.

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1 Rodney August 24, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I hope someone at Amazon has the foresight to read this page and hopefully get it’s collective finger on the pulse of the Consumer’s Wish List. I am in the research stage of purchasing an Ereader and have just found myself in awe of these machine’s inadequacies. It is though the former programmers of Brother Word Processors have buffalo’ed their way into a new career at Amazon/Kindle. I cannot believe this machine’s lack of progress. After three days of reviews,I have no other option, but to wait for the emergence of the Kindle 3.

2 Mark May 2, 2009 at 10:54 pm

I’d want a document reader with a 14″ viewable diagonal on the display (ie, a full letter-sized display), because I look at documents formatted for this size all the time, and printing them up every time I need to study them for any extended period of time isn’t exactly an ideal solution. I find looking at a computer screen, even LCD monitors, for what can be sometimes hours at a time, to be simply too tiring, where printed material is far easier on the eyes, as is the e-ink display technology that the kindle already uses. Just make the device general purpose enough to hold consumer provided content (such as pdf’s), and a display that can actually accommodate showing those documents that are formatted for an 8.5×11″ page to be viewed at their normal size without having to pan around a display.

3 lestroebel May 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm

features I would like on Kindle 3 . larger screen for us large print oldies. the current small screen in the largest print make an un appealing read. touchscreen My daughter suggested this for her copious footnotes and edits. retun of the sd slot so college papers can be easily saved back and forth to laptop. I’m just getting ready to purcase my third kindle and can’t wait for the next model

4 Kristine April 28, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I have a Kindle 1 and love it. I don’t want a bigger screen because I can now fit my Kindle in my purse. I don’t see the need for a touch screen because the roll button works fine. It could use faster screen refresh, especially when in the store; but it’s not bad now. I hope they carry the different versions so that buyers can decide what they want.

5 Pete April 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm

The idea of a Kindle with a screen that large is just awful. Peronally, I MIGHT like some color. I’d really just be fine with having even more shades of gray, really.

Faster screen refresh, coverage outside the U.S so it can really be established internationally, memory card slot brought back, custom organization…

6 Dr. D. April 21, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Hello,

Thanks for this website. I’m very interested in the Kindle 2 after holding out from what I thought would be overpaying on the original I see the price hasn’t changed. I would love a version (though I’ve never used one) that has a backlight and touchscreen and some type of memory card for certain. It’s only logical. Is there a way to enfluence the developers on what the demanding public wants from their product? It’s a great concept that has so much wasted potential. How can we get Kndle 4 technology into an imaginary Kindle 3?

7 Tim F April 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I agree that there is formatting issues that can be resolved but it’s only a small percentage of Kindle users that would use it to view mathematics and computer code at least until the Kindle starts being used by students for text books.

I, for one, would like a touch screen which would be much more important than the formatting issues since I use the kindle to read fiction and not textbooks but I do agree that 8.5×11 is too big.

8 thorn April 19, 2009 at 10:25 pm

i don’t see any of the mentioned features so much as ‘improvements’ over k2, as “reasons to have a second kindle.” no way in he!! would i run around with an 8-1/2×11″ device all the time. i’d use it for magazine/newspaper content, craft books and textbooks. i still prefer the smaller format for recreational, prose reading.

but if you ask me, there are a *pile* of formatting issues that are strictly a software-conversion issue. no touch screen’s going to fix the fact that tables come through as straight-line text; and there’s been some fairly extensive discussion of the lack of ability to handle mathematics formulae and and computer code examples.

in other words, let’s not get the cart before the horse..

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