Kindle Tablets coming? Amazon sets press event for Sept. 28

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Amazon-tabletOnline retail giant Amazon could announce its own tablet at a press conference next week, according to This Is My Next, which received an invite to the event today.

Amazon has long been rumored to create a tablet computer as a follow-up to its Kindle e-reader device that could compete against Apple’s iPad and various Android tablets.

As we reported earlier this month, Amazon’s Kindle Tablet will likely retail for $250 and come with a free subscription to the company’s Amazon Prime service, which costs $79 a year and offers perks like free two-day shipping and access to a library of Instant Video. Unlike an iPad, the Amazon tablet will feature a 7-inch screen and runs a heavily customized version of Android 2.2.

The company has made several moves recently that suggest that the Kindle tablet will make its debut in late October or November. In August, the company started rolling out a new design for its website that was optimized for tablet viewing. Also, the company launched its 14-day e-book sharing library lending feature, which will be available at over 11,000 local libraries across the US.

Let us know in the comments what you think Amazon will announce at the event.

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