Kindle Keyboard available again, but may not last

The Kindle Keyboard (AKA Kindle 3) has been one of the best-loved Kindle models.  It has 4.4 stars (out of 5) with 40,789 reviews. It has a physical keyboard, and text-to-speech (it is not a touchscreen).

It’s been unavailable at Amazon, but is back now, for $139 ad-supported, $159 not ad-supported.

Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display – includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers

I would not wait on this if you want one (and many people like the combination of an unlit screen, for long battery life and easy reading outside, and audio capabilities).

I think this might be temporary, partially because it is not on the “family stripe” (the list of Kindle models at the top of most Kindle product pages). Also, it isn’t behaving in the same way as other Kindle models in terms of interfacing with Amazon’s webpages.

It could be that they are just getting things up and running on it and it’s a full reintroduction, but that’s not what my guess is right now.

If you do want to benefit a blog or other site when you buy this, you could first get an Amazon Gift Card from a link on the site, then use that to buy the Kindle.  I suspect we’ll see this mentioned quite a few places later today.

We can hope it is back for the long term (they revived the Kindle DX, after all), but at this point, I wouldn’t count on it.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.