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Amazon’s Kindle 2 is available for pre-order!

February 9, 2009
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Amazon has finally put up the page for the Kindle 2. However, it won’t be available until February 24th. My initial impression is that they seem to have fixed some of the ergonomic issues of the original. But here is a more complete list:

New Features & Enhancements

  • Slim & Lightweight: Just over 1/3 inch and 10.2 ounces
  • Books in under 60 seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
  • Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for crisp images and text; even reads well in bright sunlight
  • Longer Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging
  • More Storage: Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books
  • Faster Page Turns: 20% faster page turns
  • Read-to-Me: Text-to-Speech feature means Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud.
  • No Wireless Bills: No monthly wireless bills, data plans, or commitments. Amazon pays for Kindle’s wireless connectivity so you won’t see a monthly wireless bill.
  • Large Selection: Over 230,000 books, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines and blogs available
  • Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise

 

Read about it on Amazon: link

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2009 4:13 am

    the Kindle reminds me of something i saw in an old school Star Trek episode, which is a good selling point… and it’s so thin!

    • February 24, 2009 4:19 am

      You’re right about the look. I think this design is far superior. The first version had some serious usability issues. One big one for me is that it’s too easy to turn a page. It has these gigantic page back and page forward buttons on either side. All you have to do is hold it in the wrong place, and you’ve lost your page.

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