Reuters: Front-Lit Kindle to Launch in July

Kindle Touch

Nivedita Bhattacharjee for Reuters:

Amazon.com Inc will launch new versions of its Kindle e-reader and tablet, including a monochrome e-reader with front lighting, a source who has seen the prototype told Reuters.

I had thought Amazon would’ve adhered to its established hardware revision cycle with little regard to B&N’s products, but it seems I was wrong.

Although B&N may not be an enormous threat in and of itself, Microsoft’s purchase of the Nook division, coupled with the evident brick and mortar retail aversion to Amazon hardware, makes for a somewhat problematic situation for the Seattle-based giant.

As I always say, competition is certainly not a bad thing.