As Kindle 3 details trickled out last night, what most interested me was not the refreshed e-reader, but Amazon’s new Kindle cover with integrated light.
The “Kindle Lighted Leather Cover” is similar in appearance to previous Amazon covers, but obviously the retractable LED lighting sets it apart. Unlike every other light accessory currently on the market, that either unbalances the unit with regular batteries or requires the additional expense of those watch-type batteries when the juice runs out, Amazon’s light draws power directly from the Kindle itself – across the gold plated hinge points. Clever!
The new $60 cover is available in 7 colors and can be pre-ordered now. It’s expected to arrive August 27th, along with the refreshed 6″ Kindle hardware.