Amazon launches £330 Kindle Scribe – its first e-reader with a STYLUS for annotating books and PDFs and doodling in the margins

  • Amazon announced its first ever Kindle to come with a stylus at its launch event 
  • It has a 10.2-inch display that’s ‘like real paper’ for a realistic writing experience 
  • Amazon also announced a new sleep tracker, four Echo speakers and much more

Amazon has launched its first e-reader with a stylus for annotating books and PDFs and doodling in the margins.

Revealed at the annual Amazon launch event on Wednesday night, Kindle Scribe is the tech giant’s first Kindle to come with a stylus – a pen-like device with a tip. 

The 0.22-inch thin e-reader has a 10.2-inch ‘glare-free’ display that ‘feels like real paper’, while the battery-free stylus, which magnetically attaches to the side of the device, lets users add handwritten notes to books and documents. 

Kindle Scribe is now available for pre-order starting at £329.99, and is released November 20. 

As well the Kindle Scribe, Amazon revealed multiple new devices at its September launch event, including a creepy sleep tracker and new Echo speakers.

Kindle Scribe is Amazon’s first e-reader with a stylus, intended for annotating books and PDFs and doodling in the margins

‘Kindle Scribe is the best Kindle we’ve ever built, creating a reading and writing experience that feels like real paper,’ said Eric Saarnio, vice president for Amazon Devices International.

‘It’s inspired by the Kindle customers who have added billions of notes and highlights to books over the years, and it’s also ideal for reviewing and marking up documents, managing your to-do list, or doodling over a big idea. 

‘Plus, it offers all the Kindle benefits customers know and love – millions of books on demand, adjustable fonts, premium reading features, and weeks and weeks of battery life – with the benefit of a beautiful, large display.’ 

The stylus is battery-free, so it never needs to be charged, while the e-reader itself lasts several weeks on a single charge, ‘making it an ideal, take-anywhere companion’. 

Amazon said notes made on the Kindle Scribe are automatically saved and backed-up to the cloud for free, and, coming in early 2023, they will also be accessible via the Kindle app. 

As with all Kindle e-readers, Kindle Scribe comes with access to the Kindle Store, which gives access to millions of books.

Also revealed by Amazon yesterday was a new bedside sleep tracker that doubles as an alarm clock, called Halo Rise. 

Amazon unveiled its Halo Rise Wednesday. This device measures movements and breathing patterns while you sleep

Halo Rise uses non-contact sensors and artificial intelligence to measure a person’s movements and breathing patterns while they sleep. 

It works by tracking room temperature, humidity and light, plus the breathing patterns of the person closest to it, with the goal of providing insight to why or why not the user had a good night’s rest. 

Amazon stressed that information in the device will be kept safe – saying the ‘health data is encrypted in transit and at rest in the cloud’. 

Also among the product announcements were four new Echo devices – updated versions of the spherical Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock and Echo Dot Kids, as well as the cylindrical Echo Studio. 

HERE’S WHAT AMAZON REVEALED AT ITS SEPTEMBER LAUNCH EVENT

Kindle Scribe

Kindle Scribe is the tech giant’s first Kindle to come with a stylus – a pen-like device with a tip for ‘drawing’ on the display. 

The 0.22-inch thin device has a 10.2-inch ‘glare-free’ display that ‘feels like real paper’ rather than a screen. 

The battery-free stylus magnetically attaches to the side of the device and is included with the Kindle. 

Kindle Scribe is now available for pre-order starting at £329.99, and is released November 20. 

Halo Rise

Halo Rise is a new bedside sleep tracker that doubles as an alarm clock. 

It uses non-contact sensors and artificial intelligence to measure a person’s movements and breathing patterns while they sleep.

It uses non-contact sensors and artificial intelligence to give insight to how well or awful you slept that night

Amazon stressed that information in the device will be kept safe – saying the ‘health data is encrypted in transit and at rest in the cloud’. 

Echo Dot/Echo Dot with Clock/Echo Dot Kids/Echo Studio

 Amazon says its new generation Echo Dot (£54.99) and Echo Dot with Clock (£64.99) are ‘the most powerful yet’. 

The devices have the highest excursion speaker of any Echo Dot, meaning sound travels further than before.

The devices deliver up to two times the bass in the same compact device size and the new sensors enable more contextual Alexa experiences.  

The new Echo devices maintain the spherical shape, which was introduced in 2020 instead of the previous hockey-puck-shape

The cylinder-shaped Echo Studio, a bigger smart speaker that provides more advanced sound than other Echo devices

Meanwhile, the Echo Dot Kids (£64.99) is available in two new fun designs – Owl and Dragon – and comes with a free suite of parental controls, two-year worry-free guarantee and one year of Amazon Kids+, the firm’s subscription service for children. 

The new Echo Dot devices maintain the spherical shape, which was introduced in 2020 instead of the previous hockey-puck-shape. 

That’s apart from the cylinder-shaped Echo Studio, a bigger smart speaker that provides more advanced sound.

This new Echo Studio will have even more advanced audio thanks to new spatial audio processing technology and frequency range extension.  

Fire TV Cube

Fire TV Cube combines an Alexa-powered speaker and a TV streaming box. This third generation of Fire TV Cube (£139.99) is 20 per cent more powerful than the previous generation, Amazon says.

Fire TV Cube is an Amazon device that combines an Alexa-powered speaker and a TV streaming box

Amazon also revealed a new £34.99 remote control, which can play music to help you locate it and customizable buttons

Fire TV Cube can be controlled entirely hands-free with Alexa and includes support for cinematic 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR and immersive Dolby Atmos audio. 

Amazon also revealed a new £34.99 remote control, Alexa Voice Remote Pro, which can play music to help you locate it and customizable buttons, as well as two new home security cameras from its Ring subsidiary. 

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