According to a report by Bloomberg, Amazon will release a thinner Kindle this August, with a crisper, more responsive screen. But e-ink fans looking forward to the full-color, mulittouch mega-Kindle will have to wait a while longer; this week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told shareholders that a color Kindle was still "some ways out," adding, "I've seen some stuff in the laboratory, but it's not quite ready for prime-time production."

Even if the Kindle of our dreams might not be on the horizon quite yet, these incremental but not insignificant upgrades—better screen, better form factor, etc.—serve as a reminder to customers, especially those who aren't convinced they need the bells and whistles of a full-on tablet, that the Kindle and e-ink are far from dead. [Bloomberg]