Amazon Introduces Kindle 2

Submitted by lalit on February 9, 2009 - 11:12am.

Amazon today announced new slim Kindle 2 with longer battery life, faster page turns, over seven times more storage, sharper images, and a new read-to-me feature. More than 230,000 books are now available for about $9.99 each, many US and international magazines and newspapers plus more than 1,200 different blogs are also available for Kindle 2.
The new Kindle 2 is just over a third of an inch thin (0.36-inch) and weighs 10 ounces. The new 5-way controller on kindle 2 allows for more precise note-taking and highlighting. The 6-inch electronic paper display now has 600 x 800 resolution and 16 shades of gray versus 4 shades in original kindle. The one board memory has also been increased to 2GB, which would allow customer to hold 1,500 books compared to 200 on original Kindle. The Kindle will last five days on a single charge with wireless on and for over two weeks with wireless turned off.
The two of the best new features added to Kindle 2 are Instant Dictionary Lookup and Read-To-Me feature. The Kindle 2 comes with the New Oxford American Dictionary and its 250,000 word definitions built-in, and with Kindle 2 definitions appear instantly at the bottom of the page. Kindle 2 offers the experimental read-to-me feature “text-to-speech” that converts words on a page to spoken word so customers have the option to read or listen. Customers can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and their spot is automatically saved. The read-to-me feature is available in male or female voices for books, newspapers, magazines, blogs and personal documents.
The Kindle 2 will ship on February 24, 2009, but Amazon is taking pre-orders to reserve your place in line. They will prioritize orders on a first come, first served basis. You can pre-order Kindle 2 for $359.00 on Amazon.