Monday, 9 February 2009

Amazon launches upgraded e-Reader ‘Kindle 2’ – USA

Amazon has announced the launch of new version of its Kindle e-reader, ‘Kindle 2’. According to Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive Officer of Amazon, the new Kindle is thinner (just over a third of an inch) than the iPhone and also offers seven times more storage than the original one. Kindle 2 also has 25% more battery life, easy navigation buttons and a five-way controller to take notes and highlight text. Its “Whispersync” feature automatically synchs the content of the original Kindle with the new one. The new device offers vocabulary from the New Oxford Dictionary at the end of the page and also the option of pulling down reader notes.

Kindle 2 will also run on Amazon’s own MVNO network and the users will only have to purchase the digital books. Kindle 2 costs USD 359 and is available for pre-order. Shipping of the device will start February 24.