Officially announced on February 9th 2009, the Amazon Kindle 2 is the second generation Amazon Kindle e-book reader. Featuring the ability for users to download and read digital media over the cellphone tower based Amazon Whispernet, users are not tied down to using a PC or hunting for wireless networks. The service is free to use and allows users to some free media, as well as the ability to subscribe to newspapers ($5.99 - 14.99/month), magazines ($1.25 - 3.49/month) or blogs ($0.99 - 1.99/month), or to purchase full books (most New York Times bestsellers are offered for $9.99). Available for pre-order immediately for shipment later this month, the device costs $359. Updates below.
In October 2009, Amazon slashed the price of the US version of the Kindle 2 to just $259. It also released the device in over 100 other countries for a price of $279.
Identical to an image of the device leaked in October, the Kindle 2 features many improvements over its predecessor at the exact same cost:
- 2GB of internal storage (700x that of the original)
- improved battery life of up to two weeks on a single charge (25% more than the original
- 16 displayable shades of gray (4x the original)
- 20% faster page turning
- new text-to-speech feature - 3 speeds in a male or female voice
- 8″ x 5.3″ x 0.36″, weighs about 10 ounces - "25% thinner than the iPhone"