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the new Kindle

Amazon’s new Kindle reader is out today. The improvements sound nice: It’s thinner (about the thickness of a magazine and thinner than an iPhone) and has a larger screen. The new screen displays shades of gray so text and images appear crisper. It sill has superfast 3G so you can download books quickly. The page turning buttons have been redesigned and are now located on both sides of the device and are harder to accidentally trigger, the page buttons were one of the things that people seemed the most dissatisfied with in the first model. The battery life has been improved and the page turns are faster. Did you know you can download and listen to audiobooks on the Kindle? And I thought I wanted one before.

This is very tempting, but I didn’t exactly spend a lot of time feeling the lack of a Kindle in my life over the last few months. Still, so very convenient.

· comments [20] · 02-9-2009 · categories:shopping ·

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  • 1 paola // Feb 9, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Oooh, I have been waiting for a new one to come out that addressed the button issue…. have the addressed the ‘price issue’ as well?

  • 2 sara // Feb 9, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Can we see a giveaway!!! :) I am sure you would love to have one to review and give away!!!

  • 3 Sheila // Feb 9, 2009 at 10:11 am

    They look like fun. But I can think of a lot of other ‘fun’ things to spend $359 on.

    Free shipping, though!

  • 4 megan // Feb 9, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Sara – I doubt it, giveaways are often done by companies hoping to generate more publicity and the Kindle hardly needs that.

  • 5 Laurie // Feb 9, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Have you compared the kindle to the Sony electronic reader? Just curious about your thoughts.

  • 6 Louise // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:33 am

    As much as I love new gadgets, I can’t really see myself with the Kindle. There’s just something comforting and nice about a new book. I love flipping through pages and sniffing new books. So until the Kindle can replicate that (scratch and sniff back perhaps?) I’m going to hold off on it.

  • 7 Mary T // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I like the idea of a Kindle for plane trips; I always have big bulky books with me. But now that I am out of a job and my new job will probably not require as much traveling, I sort of doubt I will spend $359 in the near future.

  • 8 Dana McCauley // Feb 9, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I’m very intrigued by this device. I love to read but hate clutter. Keeping my books in one of these devices is very appealing. I think this device will be on my Birthday or Christmas list in 2009.

  • 9 Shari // Feb 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Pissed that I got Kindle version one for my birthday in Nov, not aware of the upgraded version so soon. Love mine but would probably love the Kindle 2 more. One bad thing though is that mine came with a cover and the new one doesn’t. It’s an extra 29.99 or more if you want fancy.

  • 10 violarulz // Feb 9, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    that photo made me think of this article from last year:

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/120052

  • 11 M.E. // Feb 9, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I have no use for this, yet all the announcements today

    I’m a book hoarder — I moved some ridiculous number of book boxes (that I can’t recall — around 50?) in my last move. The idea of having the fiction in a little device, just to have less Stuff around, is tempting.

    A Kindle for someone who has dust/mold allergies (me) and primarily reads popular/commercial fiction (not me; I’m pretentious) sounds like a wonderful idea.

  • 12 M.E. // Feb 9, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Note to self to preview comments. orz

    “All the announcements today” are making me want one, if only momentarily!

  • 13 Emma // Feb 9, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Whoa. That’s really thin.

  • 14 vloveg // Feb 9, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    WANT! Thanks for the update!

  • 15 dawn // Feb 10, 2009 at 4:50 am

    I want one. NOW!! Everything about this (except the price!) appeals to me in a big way.

  • 16 Claudine // Feb 11, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I love my Kindle. Despite being a die hard bibliophile, I prefer reading on it because it’s so light and easy to use, plus it has cool extras(word look up is my favorite). And the fact that I have books on demand(ordering books from the Kindle takes only moments and then it appears)is hard to beat. Oh, and 1st chapters are free. A great product.

  • 17 Emma // Feb 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Re: the Sony Reader vs Kindle.

    I’ve had the Sony Reader for a couple of years now, and while I love it to death, I have to say that the Kindle is a better product. The books through Amazon are cheaper by about $3 and I like the idea of downloading a variety of materials on the fly rather than through my computer.

    Even then, I can’t justify spending another $350 just for a few improvements, and the Reader really is a good product, but Kindle has more bells and whistles that seem to be well thought out.

  • 18 ansley // Feb 11, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    NPR reported on the Kindle vs. Sony player. Apparently Kindle is proprietary like the ipod and will only allow you to purchase books from Amazon (or something like that).

  • 19 EAT! // Feb 16, 2009 at 6:41 am

    I don’t think I’d ever buy a Kindle. I love my magazines and books. I don’t think I could get any love from a Kindle.

  • 20 Alex // Feb 25, 2009 at 6:29 am

    I’ve had a kindle for about six months now and I’m as in love with it as the first day I got it. It’s so convenient and easy to read. I read about twice as much as I did before, simply because I always carry it with me. The ability to buy books wherever I am has been a life saver (or at least a boredom preventor) on numerous occasions. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to read. And I have to say, even though I may not have missed having it before I got my very own, I left it in a friend’s car for a few days and missed it dearly (and I had just finished the book I was reading, so it wasn’t the lack of a specific book).

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