Amazon Kindle 2 is released and the new revolutionary wireless reading device features a slimmer design with longer battery life, faster page turns, more storage, crisper images and new read-to-me feature.
Kindle 2: Best Reading Device
The new Kindle 2 is now slimmer and weighs just over 10 ounces. New buttons make it easy to turn pages, which now turn 20 percent faster than the original Kindle. The new 5-way controller on Kindle 2 allows precise note-taking, highlighting and easy jumps between articles and sections of newspapers.
Kindle 2 has a new 6-inch, 600 x 800 electronic paper display with 16 shades of gray (vs. 4 shades in Kindle1) resulting in crisp text and sharper images. Since Kindle 2 screen works using real ink and doesnt use a backlight, it reduces eyestrain and glare.
Kindle 2 now has 2 GB memory and can hold more than 1500 books (vs. 200 in Kindle1). 25% Longer Battery Life ensures Kindle 2 customers can read for 4-5 days on one charge (with wireless on) and over 2 weeks (with wireless off). The new redesigned power charger is also more portable.
Kindle 2 has an instant dictionary look up powered by New Oxford American Dictionary and its 250,000 word definitions built-in. Read-To-Me Feature converts words to spoken word so customers have the option to read or listen hands-free, with a choice of male or female voices.
Kindle 2 uses same wireless delivery system Amazon Whispernet, which allows customers to wirelessly shop the Kindle Store, download new content and read from their library all without a PC, Wi-Fi hot spot, or syncing. Kindle 2 will automatically sync with original kindle, making upgrade easy. Kindle 2 users can now buy more than 230,000 books from the Kindle Store, along with top U.S. and international magazines and newspapers and subscribe to more than 1200 different blogs.
Kindle 2 is available for $359 at and will start shipping February 24, 2009. Original Kindle owners are given priority to receive Kindle 2, if they place Kindle 2 orders by 10 February midnight PST. Preorder Kindle 2 now.