Amazon.com Inc. unveiled a slew of new Kindle Fire devices and an
e-reader called Paperwhite on Thursday at an event in Santa Monica,
Calif. The new gadgets range from $119 to $499. It's Amazon's latest
effort to compete with Apple's iPad, the No. 1 tablet. Here's a look at
some of the interesting new features for the gadgets:
Reading," where Kindle books can be synchronized with Audible
audiobooks. It lets you read and listen at the same time.
for Movies" on the Kindle Fire HD, where users can tap the screen at
any time while watching a movie to find out who the actor is. The
feature uses the Amazon-owned IMDb database service to find the
- "X-Ray for Books" and textbooks, which lets you tap
a page in a book to find out more information on characters, places in a
book or related YouTube content.
- "Whispersync for Games," lets
you pick up where you left off when playing games. There's also
Whispersync for movies and books.
- "Time to Read" uses your reading speed to tell you when you will finish a chapter in a book on the Paperwhite.
- "Kindle FreeTime" lets parents create profiles for their children and
choose what books, games, apps or videos they can access. They will also
be able to set time limits. The feature will be available next month on
each version of the Kindle Fire HD.