Amazon announces $89 Kindle Black Friday deal!

It’s true! Amazon just announced they’ll sell Kindle 2’s for $89 on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving!)

A few minutes ago, they snuck the announcement onto their Facebook page for the Kindle, and confirmed it on their Twitter feed. I’d thought it was just a rumor, but here’s the complete text from Facebook of what Amazon announced!

Black Friday Deal: This Friday, 11/26, you can get our previous generation Kindle for $89!

Our previous generation Kindle uses the old E Ink technology (the same E Ink as in the current Nook). Our all-new Kindle uses the latest generation E Ink (Pearl) for 50% better contrast, and is available at the everyday low price of …$139.

Black Friday Deal: This Friday, 11/26, you can get our previous generation Kindle for $89! Our previous generation Kindle uses the old E Ink technology (the same E Ink as in the current Nook). Our all-new Kindle uses the latest generation E Ink (Pearl) for 50% better contrast, and is available at the everyday low price of ...$139.

Amazon included a link to Amazon’s Kindle page, though it points to the newest $139 Kindle rather than the earlier edition that they’re selling for $89. But within an hour, over 100 people had clicked the Facebook button to indicate that they “Liked” the news — and 47 of them left enthusiastic comments.

And then Amazon added a comment themselves with a crucial “buying window” for their special offer.

“Hi Everyone. This deal will be featured in the Lightning Deals section of our Black Friday page, beginning at 9am PT on 11/26. Here’s a link to the page: http://amzn.to/heVUFX

There’s no Kindle on that page yet, but presumably it will be updated right at 9 a.m. on Friday. Later in the day they actually deleted that comment, but they did add another one to encourage their prospective buyers.

“Please note that all second generation Kindles offered through the Lightning Deal on Black Friday will be new devices – not refurbished.”

And in case you missed it, I’ve also just discovered today that an Amazon blogger has “leaked” a calendar showing exactly when Amazon’s short-term special deals will appear online! I see movies for just $1.99 on Wednesday, including Lord of the Rings and The Bourne Identity. In a post (titled “We’re leaking”), Amazon’s “Armchair Commentary” blog revealed the link, adding that “In addition to the doorbusters below, you’ll find over 2,700 titles at up to 70% off during our Black Friday Week deals…”

12 thoughts on “Amazon announces $89 Kindle Black Friday deal!

  1. Just to be clear (I know that $89 Kindle gets lots of fast reads!) this is for the previous generation Kindle aka Kindle 2… but is still a superb deal.

    Don’t forget the Kindle 2 does include 3G for free so you can use it anywhere to get online quickly to look something up, or to use Wikipedia, etc. I have a feeling that lots of potential Kindle owners don’t realize this.

    Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    1. True! But when I upgraded from a Kindle 1 to a Kindle 2, it felt like an entirely different device. When the Kindle 3 came out, it still felt a lot like the Kindle 2. So I guess I was thinking that most people looking for “a Kindle” will be totally satisfied with the Kindle 2, and won’t notice the difference.

      A few seconds ago Amazon announced on Facebook that they’ll be selling new Kindle 2 devices (and not a refurbished ones). So it still feels like a really good deal…

  2. To help avoid confusion, you should probably *not* use an image of the newest Kindle for an article telling people about a sale on an older model of Kindle.

  3. I wish someone could find out how many Kindle’s Amazon will be releasing or how long they expect this deal to hold out for. I have a feeling if you blink at 9 pst on Friday, they will all be gone.

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