The Kindle Scribe Is Amazon's First E-Reader With A Stylus

Amazon has announced several new products at its fall event, but one of the most interesting ones is the new Kindle Scribe which has stylus support. While there are several tablets with stylus support for note-taking, such as Samsung's Galaxy Tab S series and Apple's iPad lineup, devices with an e-ink display that also have stylus support are fewer.

In 2017, Sony launched the DPT-RP1, a 13-inch tablet with an e-ink display and stylus support. There is also the reMarkable paper tablet which was first launched in 2016 before receiving a second-generation model in 2020. Earlier this year, Huawei also entered into the segment with the MatePad Paper. Even rival, Kobo, beat Amazon to launch an e-reader with stylus support with its Elipsa and Sage e-readers launched in 2021.


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The Kindle Scribe is an entirely new Kindle and not a new generation of its existing models. While it does look like the Kindle Oasis, it is much bigger. The Kindle Scribe packs a large 10.2-inch Paperwhite display which Amazon says is "the first 300ppi, front-lit display that has an adjustable warm light." The spec sheet says it has 35 LEDs, 10 more than the Oasis. While three of the bezels are slim, the one on the left is much bigger, making it easier to hold with one hand. Unlike the Oasis, the Scribe doesn't have any water resistance. It also comes in only one color option called Tungsten. However, there will be leather and fabric covers in various colors.

There Are Two Types Of Styluses

Amazon Scribe premium pen

With stylus support, the Kindle Scribe becomes more than an e-reader. Users can use the stylus to scribble on books and documents, take notes with various templates, journal and even draw. Amazon says users will be able to access their notebooks through the Kindle app sync feature in 2023. In addition, they will also be able to import and markup PDF files or insert sticky notes on Microsoft Word documents and other compatible formats. Sending them to the Scribe will also be easy using the Kindle app or via their desktop browser, and starting in early 2023, they will be able to send documents directly from Microsoft Word to their Kindle Scribe.

All of these make the Scribe a study device for those who don't want a regular tablet that can be distracting with their games and streaming apps. The Kindle Scribe has two types of styluses – the Basic Pen and the Premium Pen. The latter is more expensive and has a digital eraser at the top and a customizable shortcut button. Both pens attach to the Scribe via magnets and use Wacom's EMR technology. They do not use batteries and thus do not need to be charged. The Kindle Scribe has a battery life of 12 weeks with 30 minutes of reading daily. While that is pretty impressive, it drops significantly to three weeks with 30 minutes of writing each day. Nevertheless, that is still superior to what any Android tablet or iPad offers.

It charges via USB-C and takes 2.5 hours to fully charge with a 9W USB-C power adapter. Amazon has put a starting price tag of $339 on the Kindle Scribe, but choosing the Premium Pen will add $30 to the price. It will be available this holiday in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage variants. Unfortunately, unlike the Oasis, it doesn't have cellular connectivity.

Source: Amazon