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Amazon to sell new Kindle with rechargeable case

Amazon.com Inc. is betting on batteries to drum up more sales of its popular line of Kindle e-readers.

In a first for the Seattle online retailer, Amazon will soon sell a higher-end Kindle with a rechargeable protective case for extended battery life, according to a person familiar with the matter. This removable cover will allow the Kindle to be thinner than earlier devices.

Also under development is a separate Kindle case with a battery that can be charged using solar power. It is unlikely this case will be released in the immediate future, another person familiar with the matter said.

Amazon's chief executive, Jeff Bezos, said Monday on Twitter that an "all-new, top of the line Kindle" is almost ready, and promised the company would reveal details next week.

Pricing for the latest devices couldn't be learned. A spokeswoman declined to elaborate on Mr. Bezos's tweet.

The new Kindle and case are code-named...


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