Anything special about the new Kindles besides price?
Lots. The Paperwhite Kindle has the highest-resolution E Ink display currently available, at 212 pixels per inch. It can also measure your reading speed and tell you how much time it’ll take you to finish a book or chapter.
Amazon had a big week, releasing a range of new Kindles.
This is BIG news for writers. Ebooks are now mainstream. Amazon has a huge customer base. The people who visit Amazon are buyers, and it's easy to buy.
Are you writing ebooks? You should be. :-)