Amazon’s Kindle Scribe lets you mark up e-books with a stylus

You’ve always been able to read e-books on a Kindle, but what if you could write on them too?

That’s the question Amazon is trying to answer with the new Kindle Scribe, a $340 e-reader it’s launching this holiday season. That’s $250 more than the most recent deal kindle oasisBut there’s a reason: The Kindle Scribe comes with a built-in stylus that you can use for annotation and even journaling.

The device looks a lot like the Kindle Oasis overall, but with a stylus that docks on the right side of the display. And like other Kindles, its battery can last for weeks at a time without a charge.

The Kindle Scribe features a front-lit, 10.2-inch Paperwhite display that looks as premium as the ones you’ll find with the Kindle line. Amazon emphasized in its announcement that writing on the screen with the stylus feels like writing on paper, but of course, we’ll have to wait until that turns out to be true.

For the actual use of the stylus that justifies the higher cost of the Kindle Scribe, there’s a lot more to it than marking pages in books. You can send and mark up Word documents and PDFs from the phone or computer to the device. A software update coming in early 2023 will introduce the ability to send documents from the device to Microsoft Word as well.

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Overall, the new Kindle Scribe fits right into the recent trend of giving tech-savvy people more ways to bring books into their lives. Spotify audiobooks and tiktok are popular now #BookTalk community has inspired the creation of a official tiktok book club,

The Kindle Scribe certainly still looks like an e-book-first device, but adding all these annotation features along with a built-in stylus could appeal to people who live tablet-centric lives.

Except, you know, they’d rather enrich their brains with e-books than watch YouTube videos.

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