Reuters is reporting that the next Kindle will be front-lit and will be coming out in July. It’s a smart move because it’ll let users read their Kindles in the dark and an obvious one for Amazon to make as Barnes and Noble already has a front-lit Nook.
The Kindle will still be using an E-ink screen so your eyes won’t strain and pop from staring at backlit LCD displays all day but it’s worth nothing that the US’ Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light uses Barnes and Noble’s own technology to work with the front lighting. Unlike previous ereaders where all the E-ink screens are the same, we’re going to be seeing some differences in these next generation front-lit ereaders.
Also, Reuters is reporting that the next Kindle Fire will have a screen size of 8.9 inches which is significantly bigger than the current 7-inches and much closer to the new iPad. There’s no word on the price of the next, bigger Kindle Fire (or even if we’ll ever see the first one launch here) but the front-lit Kindle is expected to be around £10 more. [Reuters]