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Old 04-25-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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Amazon drops Canadian e-reader prices

Got an e-mail from Amazon.ca today advertising new lower prices (not sale prices) for the basic Kindle (now at $79) and Kindle Paperwhite Wi-fi (now at $129). The price for a 3G Paperwhite remains unchanged at $199.

It seems plain to me that these price drops are meant to compete with Kobo in Canada. The Paperwhite now costs the same as a Kobo Glo. (Kindle with Offers has never been available here, so the Paperwhite was previously $10 more expensive.

It's the lower end basic Kindle that I find interesting. It's now $20 cheaper then a Kobo Touch. The two devices are very similar. They have identical internal storage and displays. Is a $20 premium for a touch screen and SD Card slot worth it? (I leave aside stuff like Amazon ecosystem lock-in.)

The basic Kindle meanwhile is still $20 more expensive then the low-end Kobo Mini, which seems to now be permanently at $59 at Chapters-Indigo. The Kindle is 6", and has a better contrast E-Ink Pearl screen. The Mini, meanwhile, has a touch screen and actually has a better DPI due to its 800x600 screen being squeezed into the 5" form factor. Both readers have the same amount of non-expandable storage.

It's interesting to me. Kobo & Kindle are the only two competitors in the Canadian market, so seeing how the competition evolves is neat.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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Some time ago, I remember reading on MR that support for Kindle was added to the Overdrive. That Kindle support never reached Ottawa Public Library, and I suspect the same might be true for the rest of the country. I would argue that Kobo has a decent compensation for the Amazon ecosystem at this moment, and in Canada.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:52 PM   #3
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I can only hope that this will lead to a price drop on the Paperwhite in the US. Then, I might have an easier time convincing my wife to let me get one.

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"I know, but..."
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:57 PM   #4
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"You already have an ereader, Lee..."
"I know, but..."
I feel that way about the Kobo Aura. "but you've already got a paperwhite..."

"yes, but..."

Alas, on some things, the Lord of the Exchequer has no sense of humor.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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Got an e-mail from Amazon.ca today advertising new lower prices (not sale prices) for the basic Kindle (now at $79) and Kindle Paperwhite Wi-fi (now at $129). The price for a 3G Paperwhite remains unchanged at $199.

It seems plain to me that these price drops are meant to compete with Kobo in Canada. The Paperwhite now costs the same as a Kobo Glo. (Kindle with Offers has never been available here, so the Paperwhite was previously $10 more expensive.

It's the lower end basic Kindle that I find interesting. It's now $20 cheaper then a Kobo Touch. The two devices are very similar. They have identical internal storage and displays. Is a $20 premium for a touch screen and SD Card slot worth it? (I leave aside stuff like Amazon ecosystem lock-in.)

The basic Kindle meanwhile is still $20 more expensive then the low-end Kobo Mini, which seems to now be permanently at $59 at Chapters-Indigo. The Kindle is 6", and has a better contrast E-Ink Pearl screen. The Mini, meanwhile, has a touch screen and actually has a better DPI due to its 800x600 screen being squeezed into the 5" form factor. Both readers have the same amount of non-expandable storage.

It's interesting to me. Kobo & Kindle are the only two competitors in the Canadian market, so seeing how the competition evolves is neat.
We do have The Sony, Aluratek, hipstreet..
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:32 PM   #6
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We do have The Sony, Aluratek, hipstreet..
True, but the previous poster mentioned "COMPETITORS" I view Sony as more of an underground following, but definitely one of the under-spoken ones.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:13 PM   #7
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I'm able to bypass my wife giving me that lecture by selling off my older readers. I've already sold a Mini and Glo before picking up a nice shiny Aura today.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:40 PM   #8
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I'm able to bypass my wife giving me that lecture by selling off my older readers.
I'd rather sell off a wife than to give up a trusted ereader
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:57 PM   #9
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sell off my old ereaders?

but... but... but... my Sony 350 is so *small*. and my Kindle 3 has page turn buttons! What if my Paperwhite breaks? what would I do until a new one comes?
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sell off my old ereaders?

but... but... but... my Sony 350 is so *small*. and my Kindle 3 has page turn buttons! What if my Paperwhite breaks? what would I do until a new one comes?
Suffer through massive withdraw symptoms while racing to your computer to order a new reader ... then hoping that you can survive until the new one arrives?

Sigh. I have a Touch, Aura, and a tablet now. I really ought to consider selling the touch and possibly the tablet. (The Aura is just good enough for PDFs, so the justification of having a tablet is gone. Sigh.)
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:05 AM   #11
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........Hmmmm.........uh, what firmware is she?
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:29 AM   #12
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Amazon has a long history of not releasing new devices in Canada for a very long time and not selling devices to people in Canada during the holiday season. I wonder of they are planning on changing that part of their strategy.
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