Feb 9 2009
The press conference pertaining to the Kindle 2.0 has been completed and the details are out. (Manual here).
The new Kindle is very thin, only .36 inches wide. It’s lighter than a typical paperback and has a new “5-way controller” to allow for “more precise note-taking and highlighting both up and down and side to side in lines of text.” It comes with a portable charger but no cover. All covers are extra.
It has the same 6″ display size but with 16 shades of gray versus the previous 4. The internal memory has been upped to 2GB with 1.4 GB being available to the user. The SD slot appears to be removed. It has 25% longer battery life. According to the release, “Kindle 2 customers can read for four to five days on one charge with wireless on and for over two weeks with wireless turned off.”
It also offers a “Text-to-Speech” so that customers can have the book read to them from a, well, probably robotic voice.
Finally, there is a new “WhisperSync” feature that allows Kindle 1 and Kindle 2 devices to speak to each other. “Kindle 2 will also sync with a range of mobile devices in the future.” This suggests perhaps that if there is a Kindle iPhone App that the two would be able to synchronize the books purchased as well as annotations and last page read marks.
There’s no indication that there is “folder” support. Folder support is what ebook readers use to organize their reading collections. Additionally the device is still available only in the US. You can preorder today at Amazon