That was quick. In response to Barnes & Noble dropping the price of its 3G-enabled Nook to $199 and announcing a Wi-Fi version at $149, Amazon dropped the price of its 3G-enabled Kindle e-book reader to $189.
As stated in the Nook post from earlier today, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Amazon put out a Wi-Fi version of the Kindle priced at something like $129. Maybe even $99, judging by how quickly it reacted to the lower-priced Nook today. Selling the e-book hardware for a tidy profit isn’t nearly as important as getting the hardware in people’s hands so they can buy books.
(More on Techland: Barnes & Noble Nook 3G Drops to $199, New Nook Wi-Fi at $149)