Amazon enters the e-paper tablet market with the Kindle Scribe

I am, in no way, a handwriting guy. My scribblings look like the cramped efforts of a delirious Tasmanian Devil and my script is unreadable. That said, I’ve been drawn to the idea of a good, usable e-ink tablet for a long time and I’ve only been put off by SuperNote and Remarkable’s relatively high price. Now there’s a new entrant in that race, the Amazon Kindle Scribe, and I finally pulled the trigger and picked one of these up simply to see if I can use it for everyday writing.

The tablet features a 10.2” 300 ppi e-ink screen for reading and writing. It includes a “premium” pen with an eraser tip that allows you to annotate and write on the screen in a high-contrast e-ink. There’s not clear how performant the whole thing is yet but if it’s an Amazon product you can be certain the software and hardware will be solid and well-made.

The 16GB version with premium pen costs $369, on par with SuperNote’s $343.00 USD price tag for a tablet and pen and Remarkable’s $462 (plus $2.99 a month subscription) for the Remarkable 2. This price is no accident as Amazon wants to sit firmly in the pen and e-ink market while gutting competitors with lower prices. It’s a sad but true habit when it comes to Kindle products.

I’m not going to say that this will be the best e-ink product out there nor will I assume I’ll actually use the thing – it’s hard to break the typing habit and my handwriting is awful – but it’s bold of Amazon to put this into a fairly underdeveloped market with the assumption that all we needed to adopt pen and e-ink devices was a lower price and a little of that Bezos magic. The product ships November 30, so we’ll see how it works then.

John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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