I broke down and decided to pre-order a Kindle 2 today. Here’s what Amazon had to say about it:
New Features & Enhancements
- Slim & Lightweight: Just over 1/3 inch and 10.2 ounces
- Books in under 60 seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
- Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for crisp images and text; even reads well in bright sunlight
- Longer Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging
- More Storage: Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books
- Faster Page Turns: 20% faster page turns
- Read-to-Me: Text-to-Speech feature means Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud.
- No Wireless Bills: No monthly wireless bills, data plans, or commitments. Amazon pays for Kindle’s wireless connectivity so you won’t see a monthly wireless bill.
- Large Selection: Over 230,000 books, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines and blogs available
- Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise
Here are my reasons (in addition to those above):
- No more the ugly duckling: Version 1 of the Kindle only a tech-head could love (or someone who just loved the idea, and could ignore its lack of design).
- More Software Development Related Titles: Books such as Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed, Concurrent Programming on Windows, and Creating Visual Experiences with Flex 3.0, all available under 60 seconds directly to the Kindle.
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