Amazon sweetens its holiday tablet lineup with Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? The clock’s ticking, but you’ve still got time left, and assuming you didn’t blow your whole budget on Black Friday deals, some new gift options are only now arriving. Amazon introduced its Fire HD 8 tablet back in September, and while the 1280 x 800 screen and MediaTek SoC didn’t scream “top of the line specs,” the $150 price point sure was right. But if that model just feels a little too “plain” for gift-giving, you’re in luck, as Amazon is tricking the tablet out for the new Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition.

Don’t let the new name fool you: this is the same old Fire HD 8. Instead, this “Reader’s Edition” business is more of a bundle deal.

Normally the Fire HD 8, with its 8GB of storage, sells for about $150 (though it should be noted that Amazon currently has the tablet discounted to $130, skewing this offer a little). For the Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition, Amazon bundles that tablet with one year of Kindle Unlimited membership, as well as a premium leather case – a $120 and $80 value, respectively. While those add up to $350 on their own, the Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition bundle goes for just $250.

Especially for people who might not already have their own e-book collections, that Kindle Unlimited add-on could be a nice touch when giving the Fire HD 8 as a gift. And as that already justifies the bundle’s price, you can consider the leather case a free extra.

Pre-orders of the Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition are open now, with shipments set to get underway this Wednesday.

Source: Amazon

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