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Amazon’s $340 Kindle Scribe is its first e-reader with handwriting and pen support

Updated at 2:43 pm: Added additional information on Premium Pen pricing and increased storage capacities, as well as details on the display front light.

source story: Earlier this month, Amazon announced an update to its entry-level Kindle, but at the company’s product event today, the focus was on a new flagship that includes support for handwriting and a stylus, It’s not a new feature for e-readers, but a first for the Kindle line.

the Kindle Scribe is a 10.2-inch e-ink e-reader that includes a pen for taking notes, annotating documents, or general doodling. The device will start at $340 for 16GB of storage and a Basic Pen accessory, and is Available for pre-order This day. It will start shipping on an unspecified date later this year.

The Scribe looks like an enlarged version of the Kindle Oasis, with a large bezel on one side to make it easier to hold in one hand without touching the screen, though it lacks the Oasis’s physical page-turning buttons. Leather and fabric flip cases can protect the front and back of the Scribe when closed or hold the tablet at a couple of different angles when folded. Like other modern Kindles, the Scribe features a pixel density of 300 PPI so text and handwriting look sharp, and an incredible 35 LEDs will keep the device’s front light looking soft and even. (vs. 25 LEDs on the Oasis, 17 LEDs on the Paperwhite, and just four LEDs on the entry-level Kindle.)

Enlarge / Scribe cases can hold the screen at a couple of different angles, depending on whether you’re reading or typing.

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For an additional $30, Amazon will also sell a battery-powered Premium Pen accessory with an eraser function and a customizable shortcut button. Another $20 or $50 on top of that will get you 32GB or 64GB of storage, respectively – you can buy the 16GB version of the tablet with the Premium Pen, but you have to buy the Premium Pen to get the higher storage capacities. A fully loaded version of the tablet with 64GB of storage and a Premium Pen costs $420, plus the cost of a case if you buy one. There’s no cellular version available, and the Scribe lacks the IPX8 waterproofing that all mid-range Kindles have.

Kindle Scribe will compete with pen-compatible e-ink devices like the Kindle Scribe. remarkable 2, which is about the same size as the Scribe. But the ReMarkable plus a Marker costs more than the Scribe ($378 new or $358 refurbished), its 226 PPI screen isn’t as sharp as the Scribe’s, and more importantly, it lacks access to the Kindle bookstore and other services. from Amazon.

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