When I first read the new that Amazon would begin selling an ad-supported Kindle, my heart sank. This is the beginning of the end, I thought. But that was only because the Businessweek article about the change left out one key detail: the ads will not be shown during the reading experience. Jason dug up those details.
Amazon will only be showing the ads on the Kindle home screen and on the… → Read More
It seems that the Kindle 2 has an issue when used with the official protective case: it cracks. Obviously everyone that spent $30 on the case that’s suppose to protect the Kindle from such damage isn’t too happy right now. Amazon previously stated that owners were kind of out of luck and had to spend an additional $200 for a replacement but recently started replacing cracked Kindles. → Read More
Who wants a boring, stock Kindle 2? No one! Thank God Colorware now has a multitude of colors available to spice up the Amazon Kindle 2. → Read More
Amazon’s Personal Document Service has mainatined a $.10 fee for every document transfered via Whispernet since the device was launched, but the service will now cost at least 50% more. Starting May 4th, Amazon will charge $.15 per megebyte rounded up to the nearest whole megabyte for each document transfered. Basicaly, the base fee will soon be $.15 and it goes up from there. It’s not all sour… → Read More
If you can’t read your Kindle 2 because it’s too light, fear not. This thread shows you how to add darker, non-aliased fonts to your 16-shades-of-gray beauty. All the hack does is replace the standard fonts with new, darker fonts but many are complaining so this might be just the thing for a lazy Sunday afternoon. → Read More
The good folks at iSuppli took it upon themselves to rip apart the Amazon Kindle 2 Great, right? What’s not great is knowing how much of a premium you’re paying for the device; ignorance is bliss here. The Kindle 2, for which Amazon wants $359, costs approximately $185 to build. That is, when you take all the Kindle’s parts and add them together, you get a total of $185. So where does the extra… → Read More
TheStreet has a juicy rumor that Barnes & Noble, a store where physical “books” in “paper” form are sold to “customers” who stand in line to pay with “cash” or “forms of credit” is working on an eBook reader, possibly in partnership with Verizon. The rumor has all the makings of a real live product. They may offer book downloads over… → Read More
A USA Today advertisement in today’s paper proves once and for all, the print media is slow to react and update by using a Kindle 1.0 instead of the new version. Can you believe it? Did none of the marketing gurus know that that Amazon announced the new and improved model almost two months ago? Doesn’t look like it. Full size image of the atrocity after the jump. → Read More
The Kindle 2 is hot in the US, but in Japan color e-paper is the major topic in the blogosphere. The black and white Sony e-reader was a gigantic flop and Amazon Japan hasn’t said yet if it will sell the Kindle here in Nippon.
Fujitsu will attempt to fill the void by offering its FLEPia color e-book (pictured) next month, but now Ricoh claims it has developed a technology that makes it possible… → Read More
Wil Wheaton AKA the guy on Star Wars recorded himself reading from his own book and then recorded the Kindle 2 reading the same passage. The result, as you’ll hear on his blog, is inconclusive (what if TTS gets so good it will sound JUST LIKE WIL WHEATON? WHAT THEN?) but it kind of shows where everyone’s head is at in terms of the Authors Guild. → Read More
If this job posting by lab126.com, Amazon’s secret hardware skunkworks, is any indication there will be an International version of the Kindle sooner than later.
The candidate will be a senior and experienced software engineer or manager with a background in wireless. You will have worked on one or more baseband /radio solutions for wireless devices. You will have led or managed a SW development… → Read More
Welcome to KrunchGear’s Kindle 2 Dekontainment, a video in which we unbox the Kindle 2 and show off some of its various and sundry features. Here are our initial photos including the Kindle Kover (k) which is konsiderably better than the original cover. This one actually snaps into the Kindle and can’t fall off. Click through for our unboxing video. → Read More
It’s getting close to the Kindle’s February 24th launch date and Amazon has made the official manual available a head of time. There isn’t anything special within that wasn’t previously announced, but don’t let that stop you from pulling up the PDF and pouring over the text anyway. Hopefully it will tide you over until your K2 arrives. → Read More
Mmm… bright candy colors. M-Edge is cashing in on the Kindle Kraze(TM) with their new Executive Jackets for Kindle 2. These sassy, multi-hued jackets have a built-in booklight and start at a mere $29.99.
Don’t have hands? Try the Platform Jacket that keeps your Kindle 2 upright while in its sexy protective case. It also starts at $29.99. → Read More
At one point in Jeff Bezos’ presentation he mentioned WhisperSync, a system for syncing all of your Kindles. This means if you’re reading a book on one of your Kindles and pick up another Kindle registered to your same account, it lets you start reading where you left off on the first Kindle. It’s kind of a smart bookmark so you never have to lose your place if, like many folks who are interested… → Read More
The difference in size is absolutely the most striking aspect of the new Kindle. Text-to-Speech is cool, but this is day and night when it comes to size. A few photos after the jump. → Read More
We knew the next-gen Kindle was coming, and spied the official pics early, but it is now official complete with a 20% faster operation and text to speech. The second version is a tad slimmer and overall more compact than its predecessor with a thickness of only .36-inches. Amazon tell us that the screen is better suited for reading too with a higher-quality OLED screen that now displays 16 shades… → Read More
If you happen to know someone that placed an order for the original Kindle a few days ago and have yet to receive it, good news, you are getting the K2. Amazon says you don’t need to do anything (read: don’t clog up the phone lines) as your order will be upgraded to the new model. Plus, Amazon is offering first dibs on the new model to owners of the first generation. It’s it grand to be an early… → Read More
This morning Amazon officially announced its second-generation ebook, the Kindle 2 (although leaked photographs of the device have been floating around the internet for some time now). All-in-all, the new Kindle is a modest step up from the first generation, introducing nothing too radical to the design or functionality but improving the device in a variety of incremental ways. So just… → Read More
Later today in NYC, Amazon is expected to unveil the K2 (we’ve known this since 1/27, but welcome to the party WSJ) and with it an exclusive Stephen King novel, says the WSJ. There isn’t a whole lot else about this supposed King deal, so we’ll have to wait until the press conference at 10AM today. I hope King shows up so I can kick him in the shins for the countless hours of sleep I lost as… → Read More
It goes without saying that this could be a complete sham and that a chunk of salt should be consumed with it, but a batch of purported images and price for the Amazon Kindle 2 have leaked onto the Web. While the Mobile Read fellas claim these to be official we’re going to wait until Monday for whatever it is that Amazon plans to announce to the universe. → Read More
Last time Amazon had a press conference they release a little something I like to call the best ebook reader in the whole wide world. Well, we’ve got a seat at another conference on Monday and unless they’re announcing a Bezos-themed amusment park in the Ukraine, I’m pretty sure we’re going to see the Kindle 2. → Read More
Absolutely stunning analysis over at BGR, where Mr. Genius has the first photos of the Amazon Kindle 2. Our ninja sent us a ton of shots, and we have to admit, they look pretty good. Pretty good, indeed. The Kindle 2 retains the same basic form factor as the original Kindle, while adding a little width and length, as the well-lit comparison photo up there shows. Note that the screen size is… → Read More