Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Kindle 2!

I have drooled over the Kindle ever since I first learned about it. I read every review and description of this piece of technology and was convinced I needed one. At the time it was impossible to get one because they sold out so fast. With time to think about it, I decided like all new devices there would be bugs in the system or things to improve upon, so I decided to wait for Kindle 2.

For a year, I have Googled for updates trying to find out when it would be released but never found any thing to tell me how long I would have to wait. Now it is finally here, the pre-orders can be made and it looks like there are some great improvements!

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

It is set to ship on February 24th on a first come basis. I think this might be one of those things I will consider my own personal stimulus package and contribution to the economy.


  1. Oh yeah Judy. I bought one back in November and am waiting with such excitement. They said I should receive it by the first week in March. Soooooooooo cool.

  2. PS I ordered a Kindle originally, but since they now have the Kindle 2 they are filling the Kindle orders with Kindle 2 - which Talks!!!

  3. You are so wise to have waited! I have one and I love it! I haven't had it that long so I wish I had waited for the Kindle 2.

  4. I agree; looks fabulous; hard to believe you can buy a laptop for the same price.

  5. Sweet! If I weren't so attached to my local Bookmobile, I would consider this too! Right now I have a book light clamped to my book to read at night when all are sleeping in the house....

    Good choice for your stimulus Judy! Think I will go gaze on fabric right now, to drown my envy's...

    PS...Santa gave me a Q.A. mag. sub. for being a good woman last year and I got the issue of your batt-rit-dyeing as the first one! Double Sweet! I want to try doing some in a gingerbread-cookie-color....have you tried tea or coffee-ground dyeing with the batt???? {I picture myself trying to shake all the coffee grounds out of the batt, makes me laugh a lot!}

  6. I want one too ! WHere's the stimulus money when I need it?!

  7. I guess I am old fashioned. I just like curling up with a book and like the feel of a book, the type, the pages. Not sure I would want to read this way.

  8. if you buy this i'll be anxious to know what you think... this is a very tempting opportunity to help boost our economy! a friend has the original kindle and she loves it, especially for traveling... all her reading material on one nifty little device that can go everywhere.

  9. Exactly! I love reading and want to bring too many books when I go anywhere because I never know what I am really going to be in the mood for.

    I am also very intrigued by the read to me feature. I like listening to audiobooks in the kitchen and this is one way to keep reading your book by switching to listen mode while working. I found a demo of the computerized speaking voice online and it sounds better than I thought it would.

  10. Takes reading to a new level. You are wise to use stimulus money for this! And being able to switch to listen mode, just think of the possibilities!

  11. I've been longing for a Kindle for a really long time. I'll have to stop my yarn shop stimulus program for a while, I guess, to save up.

  12. Just a thought, Judy, might you just might want to consider a Ipod that you can download books free from your local library! We retiree's are always looking for low cost items. And you'll still be contributing to the economy! Love your work!! STILL!

  13. My mom has one of the first gen kindles and LOVES it. Its been an excellent tool for her because she reads really quickly and can haul around a lot of books with her.

    The only thing about Ipod-touch is that yeah, it can download books but the capacity of them is low. I have a 32 gig and am constantly having to watch how much I load on it.

    I think the kindle is better if you are an avid reader. Just my opinion.


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