Kindle 2 Released Today


Kindle. It’s the ebook reader I’ve recommended here before. I’ve owned mine since May 2008, when I used it for a trip to Europe and wanted to pack lightly. It was the perfect solution to a problem I’ve always had as an avid reader: how to manage the number and variety of books I like to have with me for spare reading moments. With the Kindle I discovered I could keep kindle-2-capturea whole library with me, and download current issues of major magazines and newspapers on the road. No connection to a computer is required to download ebooks, magazines, and newspapers. The Kindle has a built-in wireless that enables orders and downloads through Amazon simply and immediately. I can stand in line at my bank in southern California and download The Boston Blobe and The New York Times for the day and have the cover stories digested before I see the teller. And nobody will know I’m reading a newspaper because it fits in my hands like a book.

Amazon isn’t saying how many Kindles they’ve sold. But I imagine it’s quite a lot. Why? Because today they announced the Kindle 2, scheduled for release soon enough to ship by February 24.

Amazon.com, Inc. today introduced Amazon Kindle 2, the new reading device that offers Kindle’s revolutionary wireless delivery of content in a new slim design with longer battery life, faster page turns, over seven times more storage, sharper images, and a new read-to-me feature. Kindle 2 is purpose-built for reading with a high-resolution 6-inch electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, which lets users read for hours without the eyestrain caused by reading on a backlit display. More than 230,000 books are now available in the Kindle Store, including 103 of 110 current New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases, which are typically $9.99. Top U.S. and international magazines and newspapers plus more than 1,200 different blogs are also available. Kindle 2 is available for pre-order starting today for $359 at and will ship February 24.

The new Kindle is an improvement over the first model. Do I regret that I didn’t wait for this new generation Kindle? Not at all. Will I buy the Kindle 2 and sell my current Kindle on eBay? Maybe so.

Here are other posts I’ve made to this blog about the Kindle:

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Getting the Most Out of Your Kindle—Tip #2


Sarah Palin was a newsmaker when her selection as John McCain’s running-mate was announced. Suppose you wanted to read prominent newpaper coverage of her convention speech the following day—in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, or even The Times of London or Germany’s Allgemeinde. Suppose you wanted to sample editorials from all of these papers.

You could have your dog fetch them from the front driveway (if he hasn’t been retired because of illegal immigration). You could make a special trip to your local bookstore and pick up copies of each of these papers. Or you might go online and scan the web editions.

But have you considered using your Kindle? You can subscribe to all of these papers, and more, to be downloaded automatically to your Kindle as soon as they are off the press. But you don’t have to subscribe to several papers, or any papers. Why not just purchase each of these papers for that day only, and read the bits you like? Kindle gives you that option.

Sure, you could go the laptop route and be more or less portable. But you’d need an internet connection, and you’d have something larger and heavier to carry around—unless you have one of those fancy cell “phones” that does it all. What you wouldn’t have, even with the cell phone, is the possibility of reading on a screen more than half the size of an iPhone screen, wi-fi uploads wherever you go, the freedom to read offline with no extra effort, portability when you travel on airplanes, bookmarking wherever you’ve left off in your reading. You wouldn’t be able to mark passages or make notes with ease. You wouldn’t be able to adjust font size to accommodate your reading environment. You wouldn’t have hours or days of battery power.

Use your Kindle to read the newspaper. You’ll be glad you did.

Related Posts:

Kindle Your Reading Habits

How to Get the Most Out of Your Kindle—Tip #1

How to Get the Most Out of Your Kindle—Tip #3

How to Get the Most Out of Your Kindle—Tip #4

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