It’s Another $59.99, But the New Lighted Cover is One of the Coolest Things About the New Kindle

One of the coolest things I experienced in my test drive of the new Kindle 3G and Kindle Wi-Fi on Monday was a new Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Black (Fits 6″ Display, Latest Generation Kindle) that combines some very forward technologies with great style in a choice of six colors. The price is $59.99, but you’ll never need batteries. This cover works with both new Kindles, the Kindle 3G and the Kindle Wi-Fi

Here are the color choices, and you can see thumbnail-sized swatches of all but the hot pink below:

Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Black (Fits 6″ Display, Latest Generation Kindle)
Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Chocolate Brown (Fits 6″ Display, Latest Generation Kindle)
Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Burnt Orange (Fits 6″ Display, Latest Generation Kindle)
Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Apple Green (Fits 6″ Display, Latest Generation Kindle)
Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Burgundy Red (Fits 6″ Display, Latest Generation Kindle)
Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Steel Blue (Fits 6″ Display, Latest Generation Kindle)
Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Hot Pink (Fits 6″ Display, Latest Generation Kindle)

All seven covers include an integrated retractable LED reading light that never needs batteries and hides away into the cover when not in use. It lights the entire Kindle display without glare and draws its power directly from the Kindle’s battery through the new gold-plated conductive hinges that connect the Kindle to the cover. Between this cover, the new quieter page turns, and an expanded choice of fonts and font sizes, reading in bed is going to be sexier than ever!

The new covers will ship with the new Kindles on August 27. I have no information yet on whether these covers would fit the Kindle 2, but until I find out otherwise I will have to work on the assumption that they do not.

One significant savings that will offset about a quarter of the cost of the cover is a $15 to $25 reduction in the cost of Amazon’s extended warranty for your Kindle. Until now the price for the Kindle 2 warranty was $65, even after the recent price cut, but now the warranty prices have been reduced to $49.99 for the new Kindle 3G and $39.99 for the new Kindle Wi-Fi:

2-Year Extended Warranty for Kindle (6″ Display, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, Latest Generation), U.S. customers only
2-Year Extended Warranty for Kindle (6″ Display, Wi-Fi, Latest Generation), U.S. customers only)

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