New Reader’s Edition comes with the all-new Fire HD 8, a year of
Kindle Unlimited, and a limited edition leather cover—all for only
With Blue Shade, an exclusive Fire OS “Bellini” feature that limits
sleep-suppressing blue wavelength light to provide comfortable nighttime
reading on a tablet before bed
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 7, 2015--
(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today introduced the Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition,
which combines the all-new Fire HD 8, a year of Kindle Unlimited with
access to over 1 million books, and a limited edition leather cover for
only $249.99. Reader’s Edition also includes Blue Shade, an innovative
new feature that adjusts and optimizes the display on your Fire HD 8
tablet to reduce blue light exposure before bedtime. Fire HD 8 Reader’s
Edition is available for pre-order starting today at: www.amazon.com/FireHD8ReadersEdition.
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“Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition simply delivers the best reading experience
on any tablet,” said Charlie Tritschler, Vice President, Amazon Devices.
“With an incredibly thin and light design and 8” HD color display, this
is the perfect tablet for reading—a year of Kindle Unlimited with access
to over a million books, plus innovative new features like Blue
Shade—now even more readers can curl up in bed with their favorite
Read All You Want With Kindle Unlimited
reading of over 1 million books and unlimited listening to thousands of
audiobooks with Kindle Unlimited. Read freely from top books, including The
Man in the High Castle, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Wayward Pines
trilogy, the entire Harry Potter series, and many more. The service
regularly costs $9.99 per month but is included for one year with
Reader’s Edition (a $120 value).
Blue Shade – Read Comfortably at Night
Want to read that
last chapter from the comfort of your bed? Simply turn on Blue Shade, an
exclusive new Amazon feature that works behind the scenes to adjust and
optimize the display on the Fire HD 8 for a more comfortable nighttime
reading experience on a tablet. Studies have shown that evening exposure
to blue light from tablets may suppress our bodies’ production of
melatonin, which can prolong the time it takes to fall asleep, delay REM
sleep, and reduce the level of alertness the next morning. Blue Shade
uses specialized filters to limit exposure to blue light. It also offers
warm color filters and the ability to lower the display brightness to an
ultra-low level for comfortable nighttime reading—even in a dark room.
The feature can be easily turned on or off with a single tap on the Blue
Shade quick setting. Customers can also fine-tune the color settings to
their personal preference, with the device intelligently adjusting the
color filtering so that at any color or brightness, the blue wavelength
light is always sufficiently suppressed.
The Best Reading Features
Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition
includes the features readers expect from Amazon, all designed to help
readers enjoy their books even more, and get more out of their reading:
Bookerly Font—An exclusive font designed from the ground up for
reading on digital screens. Warm and contemporary, Bookerly is
inspired by the artistry of the best fonts in modern print books, but
is hand-crafted for great readability at any size. It introduces a
lighter, more graceful look and outperforms other digital reading
fonts to help customers read faster with less eyestrain.
Adjustable fonts—Choose from eight text sizes to find the one that
fits your level of comfort.
Multi-colored highlights—Simply tap a word and choose from pink, blue,
orange and yellow to categorize your highlighted words and passages,
which can also be shared across devices.
Word Runner—Read Faster, one word at a time, with Word Runner, a new
speed reading feature that brings each word to the center of the
screen to where your eyes are already focused. Word Runner has Dynamic
Pacing so it gradually builds to your preferred reading speed and
algorithmically and automatically slows down for difficult words,
punctuation, and paragraph breaks.
Audible—Choose from more than 180,000 titles, including best sellers,
romances, thrillers, and much more with Audible, an Amazon
company—every book is read by a professional narrator. New members can
enjoy a 30-day Audible free trial with Reader’s Edition.
Whispersync for Voice—Whenever you see “Kindle Unlimited with
Narration,” you can seamlessly switch back-and-forth between reading
and listening without ever losing your place.
Immersion Reading—Fire tablets can synchronize Kindle text with
companion Audible audiobooks so that you can read a Kindle eBook while
at the same time, listening to its professionally narrated Audible
companion Audiobook. With text-to-speech, Fire tablets can read
English-language content to you when available from a publisher.
Kindle sharing with instant previews—Share quotes, highlights, and
recommendations from your favorite Kindle books on Facebook or
Twitter, or start a conversation with your friends on popular mobile
messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Friends who
receive a share can click on the book or quote and instantly start
reading a free preview right from their tablet, phone, or PC web
browser—no need to sign up, sign in, or install an app.
Goodreads integration—Combines the world’s largest e-reading community
and the world’s largest community of book lovers. Reader’s Edition is
integrated with the world’s largest site for readers and book
recommendations, with over 40 million members, 1.1 billion books
added, and 43 million book reviews. You can follow friends and
authors, see what they’re reading, and share and rate books right from
Engineered by Amazon – Designed for Reading
One of Amazon’s
thinnest tablets ever (7.7mm), Fire HD features an 8” screen and is
comparable in size to a book, making it easy to hold in one hand while
reading. Featuring a widescreen 1280 x 800 HD display with over 1
million pixels—Fire HD is perfect for viewing vibrant magazines,
flipping through colorful comic book pages, or perusing beautiful
Reader’s Edition includes all of the great features and entertainment
benefits you can expect with Fire HD, including a powerful quad-core
processor, a 720p front-facing camera and a 5MP rear-facing camera with
1080p HD video, up to 128GB of expandable storage via microSD, and
all-day battery life, so when not reading, you can still enjoy all the
videos, music, games and photos you want on your tablet. Fire HD also
offers deep integration of Amazon-exclusive services, access to over 38
million movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps and games, and
much more—plus free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content.
Limited Edition Leather Case
Reader’s Edition comes with a
limited edition, rustic brown leather case that gives the look and feel
of a real book cover and protects the tablet from accidental scratches.
The protective case opens like a book and folds flat for comfortable
one-handed reading or can stand Fire HD in landscape or portrait
orientation so that you can enjoy your content hands-free.
Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition is available for pre-order for $249.99
starting today at www.amazon.com/FireHD8ReadersEdition;
it ships on December 9.
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