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Amazon calls press conference for next week. Kindle tablet on the way?

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(Read caption) Amazon tablet rumors have been burbling for months. Is the mysterious gadget finally on the way? Here, the Amazon homepage.

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Amazon tablet rumors have burbled out across the web for months. First it was the Amazon tablet that maybe might be a kind of Kindle for movies, and then it was the Amazon tablet that was essentially a next-generation Kindle, with a 7-inch frame and a capacitive touch screen. Next week the rumors may finally be put to rest. Earlier today, Amazon sent out an invitation to a New York press event, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The invitation was pretty basic: A date, a time, a JPG of the Amazon logo. But plenty of tech writers are reading between the lines. "At the very least, [the conference] will be about a Kindle," writes Nick Bilton of the New York Times. "First, Amazon press conferences in recent years have been the venue to announce a new Kindle. In addition, Amazon sent its press release to several gadget bloggers, including Engadget and Boy Genius Report."

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