Amazon held a huge event yesterday, during which it unveiled probably half a dozen new hardware products. Chief among them was the largest Kindle to date, the Amazon Kindle Scribe. The device has a 10.2 inch screen and bundles a pen for writing, taking notes and such.
We’re dealing with the first Kindle that supports both reading and writing. It comes with a large 10.2 inch 300 PPI glare-free paperwhite screen. It lets you adjust its warm light and also has an auto adjusting front light, with 35 LEDs, compared to the 25 from the Kindle Oasis. Keep in mind that this device won’t be waterproof, like the Oasis or the brand new Paperwhite. The Amazon Kindle Scribe is available with a bundled Basic pen, but there’s also an optional Premium pen option.
They both offer “incredible precision and a natural feel” and attach magnetically to the side of the slate. The Premium pen brings as an extra a dedicated eraser at the opposite end of the tip, plus a customizable shortcut button. Amazon integrated here the concept of Sticky Notes, which can be added to books and organized, synced between devices. Notes are saved automatically and backed up for free in the cloud. They will be found in the Kindle app from 2023.
The Kindle Scribe is available in 16, 32 or 64 GB of storage, with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. A charge will last 12 week, if you do half an hour of reading per day.
Price and availability
The Amazon Kindle Scribe is available for $339 as the starting price with the basic Pen.