With the recent clearance sale on the entry-level Kindle, it’s now sold out and Amazon is only selling it as refurbished and used. New Kindles are listed as “currently unavailable” without an expected restocking date.
Usually when Amazon does this sort of thing it means the Kindle model is on the way out. They’ll probably get more in stock eventually but it’s pretty clear from the sudden sale with record low prices that they were clearing out remaining stock.
So the big question is will Amazon replace it with a new model or will they phase it out instead?
Hopefully it won’t just disappear without a replacement like the Kindle Voyage last year.
With the new Kindle Paperwhite 4 frequently going on sale for $99, sometimes less, maybe they’ll just decide to go with it and the Oasis.
At $79, the entry-level model doesn’t make much sense in its current state because the Paperwhite is a much better value with the added features, especially the frontlight.
The entry-level model either needs to get a lower price or some upgraded features to help make it a realistic alternative to the Paperwhite.
I still think Amazon should release a smaller pocket-sized Kindle with a 4.3″ or 5″ screen and make it the entry-level model. That would make it different enough from the Paperwhite so that both models aren’t stepping on each other’s toes features-wise.
But it’s hard to tell with Amazon these days. Their new Kindle models have been unpredictable. Half the time they just take an existing Kindle and stick it in a new frame and called it the “all-new Kindle”.
The current entry-level Kindle was released in 2016 and it was basically just a redesign of the previous model that was released in 2014, with the same exact specs plus Bluetooth for audiobooks. It’s hard telling what Amazon will do with the next new model. If there is a new model…