Amazon just announced a brand new addition to its Kindle line, and it’s very different from what we’ve seen before. Meet the Kindle writer.
Similar to the Huawei MatePad Paper and Remarkable 2, the main feature of the Kindle Scribe is the ability to draw on the e-ink screen which makes it a great choice for note-taking and doodling. Amazon includes a pen with the writer, so you don’t need to spend extra on it.
Scribe packs a 10.2-inch Paperwhite glare-free display with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch, and Amazon said this screen is designed to feel like paper when drawing or writing on it. There is 16GB or 32GB of internal storage and the stylus is attached magnetically to the side of the device when not in use.
Visually, the writer looks a bit like a Kindle Oasis with a thicker part on the side designed to give you a place to hold it. It comes in black, with a matching pen.
Two pen options are available, the basic version and the premium version. The big benefits of the Premium option is that it includes an eraser, along with a customizable shortcut button. Apart from that, they both look very similar. Neither stylus needs charging, and the same writer should last months on a single charge. When you need more juice, there’s a USB-C port on the bottom.
As with any other Kindle device, the writer has access to Amazon’s large library and reading remains a huge reason why this device exists. When you read, you can use the pen to take notes and create sticky notes to jot down your thoughts. Amazon also said you’ll be able to send documents from other devices to the writer for markup.
“Kindle Scribe is the best Kindle we’ve ever built, creating a reading and writing experience that feels like real paper,” said Eric Sarnio, Vice President of Amazon Devices International. “It’s inspired by Kindle customers who have added billions of notes and highlights to books over the years, and it’s perfect for reviewing and marking up documents, managing your to-do list, or tinkering with big ideas.”
Kindle Scribe price and release date
Amazon said the Kindle Scribe will launch globally before the holiday season – although no further details were given on a specific date. We will update this page when we know more.
At launch, it will cost $339.99 / £329.99 – including the pen – making it comfortably the most expensive Kindle available. Author purchases will come with four months of free access to unlimited Amazon service, giving you plenty of books, magazines, and more to download without paying an extra fee.