Wasting little time in responding to Barnes & Noble”s new lower prices for its Nook e-readers, Amazon today slashed the cost of its Kindle device to $189, the company announced. The new price is $70 off the Kindle’s previous $259 list, and $10 less than a comparably equipped Nook.
Both the $189 Kindle and the $199 Nook are 3G-enabled wireless devices that use a cellular connection to download books, periodicals, and other content. Kindle and Nook users don’t pay monthly fees for 3G service. Barnes & Noble today also introduced a $149 Wi-Fi-only Nook.