Amazon cuts price of Kindle Fire HD 8.9 $50 for students with Prime membership

The first Kindle sale of the year drops the price of Amazon's largest tablet to $249 if you're a student and a Prime member.


Amazon has been loathe to offer many specials on its Kindle tablets, save for the Fire HD 8.9". During the holiday season, the online retailer knocked $50 off its price for a single day , and now it's ushering in 2013 with a similar deal for a select group of customers.

For the entire month of January, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is $50 cheaper for students with a membership to Amazon Prime. (Students can get a discounted Prime membership -- normally $79 annually -- if they have an email account from an .edu domain.) Unfortunately for the rest of the populace, the Kindle with the largest screen remains at a starting price of $299.

These strategic price cuts to the Fire HD 8.9" suggest that its sales may be lagging compared to its 7-inch brethren's. Then again, the Kindle Fire's overall success is open to some debate. One analyst recently cut his Kindle Fire holiday sales estimates, though Web usage on the devices has recently increased in share as the iPad's suffered a small decline.

Are you able to take advantage of Amazon's student deal on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9"? If so, will you be buying one? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

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