Monday, February 9, 2009

The Kindle Grows Up

Just in case you've just returned from a trip down the Amazon river, during which you have been entirely cut off from the news whilst trying to avoid being devoured by piranhas, the new Kindle 2 is available for pre-order. The early comments are that it is thin, thinner even than the iPhone, boasts faster page turning, has fixed the famous page button placement problem, and has a voice synthesizer that can read any printed text out loud. Stephen King has written a novella called Ur exclusively for the Kindle to celebrate this event.

Here are some links to the early information:

Engadget has a hands-on.
The Wired blog has a story.
The Kindle Home Page has information in a Q & A format based on the press conference.
The Kindle Nation also has similar information, but there's something funky about the layout, at least on my browser. But check it out, maybe you'll have better luck.
The New York Times web edition has an article.
The Washington Post asks (and answers) "What's New with the Kindle 2?"
CNN/Fortune has a quick-read article with bullet points.
CNET's story is here.
Ars Technica goes hands-on.
The Wall Street Journal's take.

According to, the new Kindle is slated to ship February 24, and those who are already Kindle customers, such as Kindledude, are supposed to be prioritized. Kindledude has ordered his, and will provide updates as they occur.

Articles and blog entries about the Kindle 2 are appearing quickly--if you run across any that Kindlelicious should mention, please comment!!

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kaps said...


I would argue that if you were travelling down the Amazon River, you would be the FIRST ONE to know about the new Kindle.

KindleDude said...

Hey Kaps! Well, that's the river! Glad you picked up on my little pun.

Steve said...

Thanks for the mention of the Kindle Nation newsletter, and I noticed what you said about the funky layout. There are not a lot of graphics in the newsletter, but you may get a better screen if you enable your email to accept graphics from Kindle Nation - just a thought. (I am assuming you have signed up using the form at


KindleDude said...

Thanks, Steve, I'll give that a try.

And thanks for stopping by my humble blog!

Amazon Kindle Fan said...

Thanks for these great articles. I'm bookmarking for tomorrow morning's coffee.

KindleDude said...

Kindle Fan: Thank you for visiting!

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