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Amazon Kindle 2.0 Revealed.

kindle2_06-1The Amazon Kindle 2.0 is looking more sexy. It’s lost some weight and the price is $359.00. There is some definite ipod/Appley look to it. It will start shipping on February 24, 2009. More pictures at MobileRead. There are no other details like whether the Kindle will have folder support but there does appear to be some kind of GUI change. No built in light though.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Evangeline
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 20:32:49

    So is this the real Kindle 2.0? I’ve been seeing photographs flying around the web since December.

    If it is, I may choose this over the Sony Reader. Shopping at is so much more convenient to someone like me, who isn’t familiar with all the e-bookstores. :/

  2. Shannon Stacey
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 20:34:47

    I see it has a pretty decent looking thumb keyboard. Can you type a text document? Not Word, of course, but basic writing on the go?

  3. Angela James
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 21:01:04

    Funny, I actually put my Kindle up for sale on Ebay tonight. I pre-ordered the Kindle yesterday, just assuming it would be the 2.0 that got delivered. Hopefully that means it will be delivered the end of February and I won’t have to wait. I really hope they fixed the file management system, though, or I’ll stick with using the Sony and just using the Kindle as a display.

  4. Susan Kelley
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 21:32:29

    It’s such a big chunk of money. Everytime I think about spending it, I think I’ll wait to see the next version. I’ve heard good things about the newest Sony and am leaning that way. But I’ll probably procrastinate and wait and hear what the reviews are for the 2.0 Kindle.

  5. Debbie
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 21:37:36

    “…there does appear to be some kind of GUI”
    What does that mean, exactly?

    I currently use an ebookwise. I buy my books in msreader and convert them to html using either ConvertGUI or ABC Amber LIT. I have the ebookwise librarian set up to hold all of my books.

    I realize that all of that is cumbersome, but I’m scared to death to spend hundreds of dollars on either a Kindle or a Sony and find out that the one I picked is an Eight Track. Worse, would I lose all of my books if the format is no longer supported if the reader goes belly up? At least the way I’m working things now, I have all of my books saved on my computer and back-up in both MS Reader and html, so I’ll always be able to read them on something!

    I read everything that is posted here about the various readers and ebooks in general in the hope that something will be said to push me off the fence and into a more updated reader.

  6. Jane
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 21:40:39

    @Debbie Just me being inarticulate. I meant that there is some kind of GUI change.

  7. Debbie
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 22:11:00

    No Jane, you aren’t articulate, I’m just ignorant. What is GUI?

  8. Jane
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 22:16:26

    @Debbie graphical user interface. it’s how the end user interacts with the device.

  9. Miki
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 22:39:11

    A little while ago, there was a debate over on Mobilereads about which was better, the silver Sony or the “blue” one (sorry, it looks black, as far as I’m concerned).

    The consensus seemed to be the blue was better because by providing contrast, it made the eInk screen seem brighter and lighter.

    I still think this Kindle is ugly. In fact, I think it makes the old one look better to me. I don’t like the margin around the screen or the keyboard at the bottom (still). But one thing about this, it seems the bright, white plastic really makes the eInk look dingy and gray.

    Was it really so important that the Kindle look like an overgrown iPod??

  10. Jessica
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 05:06:25

    The only good thing about the puppy getting me out of bed on a Saturday before 6:00am is that I got to find out that the Kindle I have on order will really and truly be a newer and better one. Thank you!

    As an aside: I find it remarkable that Amazon has managed to keep the design so completely under wraps until 48 hours before the public unveiling. And funny that a forum, Mobileread, and not, say, a techie blogger, has the goods.

    Anyway, feeling happy today about my Kindle purchase, even if I do have to wait a few more weeks.

  11. Bonnie
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 06:34:49

    Oh, my God, I’ve got to have this. It’s perty.

    And my ugly Kindle is only a year old.

  12. anoni
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 07:54:01

    So, can you use other file types or do you have to buy the books on the Amazon site? And it’s not backlit? I use the new Sony and love it. The light is great too because I can read in bed and not disturb the hubby. :)

  13. Jane
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 08:42:13

    @Jessica Actually the front design of the Kindle 2.0 has been on the web since last October. It’s the thinness, though, that is the surprise.

  14. Jessica G.
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 09:02:17

    Still like my Sony 505 better :)

    This is waaaay too Apple-y. But I guess that is what people like nowadays.

  15. Jessica
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 09:07:45

    @Jane: The Amazon promo pics are so much nicer, that I did not even realize that the Boy Genius pics from October were the real deal. Guess the name “Bubble Boy” will stick (although I personally prefer “Bubble Person”, of course).

  16. Tamara
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 10:07:34

    I hate that they put new versions out one on top of another. I’ve got the original Kindle (for all of 4 months now), and it is the love of my life. I’d hate to think I’m going to start walking around now wondering “what might have been” and contemplating leaving it for another.

    Besides the sleeker size, what’s the difference with the 2.0?

  17. Jane
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 18:06:56

    @Tamara We don’t know yet. Monday will be the release date.

  18. Tabitha
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 19:27:44

    I really like this new size. It’s so sweet looking….and fragile to me. I’m a klutz and will probably drop and end up breaking it the first few weeks that I have it in my hands.

  19. Minx Malone
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 20:01:00

    I have a Kindle and I don’t see much in the way of design differences here. It does look a little thinner but the screen looks smaller on the new one to me. It doesn’t look different enough to make me want it.

    I’ll just stick with my version 1

    – Minx

  20. Becca
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 21:51:20

    I really want an eBook reader of some sort, but can’t make up my mind between the Kindle and the Sony. I don’t really need the ability to download books on the fly (and don’t know whether they’ve got coverage out where I am anyway: cell phone reception is pretty if-y in my house). And I hate the idea of being tied to Amazon… but boy, Kindle 2.0 does look sexy… decisions, decisions.

    anyone have both and have one favorite over the other?

  21. ms bookjunkie
    Feb 08, 2009 @ 21:04:01

    @Becca Check out Angela James had both the Kindle 1 and the Sony 505.

  22. Chris Kindle
    Feb 14, 2009 @ 03:27:53

    Just came across your blog on Google. Interesting post, you bring up a few good things to think about. Good luck with the blog.

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