Amazon has finished the base model of its Kindle e-reader, making it thinner, lighter and doubling the memory, but is keeping it priced at £60.

There’s been a slight redesign to the device itself too, with the new Kindle featuring a “more rounded” design that is aimed at being easier to hold, Amazon says.

The move to revamp its cheapest e-reader comes after Amazon released its most expensive Kindle ever – the £270 Kindle Oasis – earlier this year.

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The Kindle Paperwhite now comes in white for the first time too.

Arthur van Rest, Kindle general manager, said: “Tens of millions of readers around the world have Kindle e-readers, and today we’re excited to make our most affordable Kindle even better, while keeping the same breakthrough price point.

“With a thinner and lighter design, twice the memory, and all the features customers love about Kindle, it has never been a better time to be a reader.”

Amazon has had huge success with its e-reader business, which marked the beginning of its venture into hardware back in 2007, and now sees the firm making tablets and streaming devices.

The new Kindle will be available from late July, with pre-orders having begun on the Amazon website.

Read more in our article: Which Kindle should I buy?