Amazon has today announced a new Kindle at its event in NYC. The device is called the Kindle touch and it has an e-ink IR touch display. There are no front facing buttons and it is smaller and lighter than the current kindle.

Three touch zones on the device specify the forward and back motions as well as the menu. Some of the features are described here:

The most advanced electronic ink display, infrared touch interface, EasyReach, extralong battery life, carry thousands of books, access to millions, books in 60 seconds, audible integration, X-Ray, Whispersync, Freestorage

X-Ray for Kindle is described as your English lit professor, like a mini Wikipedia for each book. It gets downloaded alongside every book and you can use it to look up information and definitions.

  • 6″ diagonal e-ink pearl display with 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level grayscale.
  • Size 6.8″ x 4.7″ x 0.40″ (172 mm x 120 mm x 10.1 mm)
  • Weight 7.5 ounces (213 grams)
  • On-device Storage Up to 3,000 books or 4 GB internal (approximately 3 GB available for user content).
  • Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
  • Battery Life A single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time. Keep wireless always on and it lasts for up to 6 weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store, web browsing, and downloading content.
  • Charge Time Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via the included USB 2.0 cable connected to a computer. U.S. power adapter sold separately.
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G model also has 3G connectivity
  • USB Port USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
  • Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, rear mounted speakers
  • Content Formats Supported Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.

The Kindle touch device will run $99 with special offers and $139 without offers. The 3G model will run $149 with free 3G service and special offers and $189 without offers. Both models will have a higher-priced alternative without the offers.

They will be available on November 21st and you can pre-order them here now.

tnw16 520x346 Amazon announces Kindle touch for $99, Kindle touch 3G for $149, Nov 21st