Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Kindle 2: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device

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Information on the Kindle 2 directly from the Amazon site.


Technical Details

Display: 6" diagonal E-Ink® electronic paper display, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level gray scale.

Size (in inches): 8" x 5.3" x 0.36".

Weight: 10.2 ounces.

System requirements: None, because it doesn't require a computer.

Storage: 2GB internal (approximately 1.4GB available for user content).

Battery Life: Read
on a single charge for up to 4 days with wireless on. Turn wireless off
and read for up to two weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless
usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content. In
low coverage areas or in 1xRTT only coverage, wireless usage will
consume battery power more quickly.

Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours and supports charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable.

Connectivity: EVDO
modem with fallback to 1xRTT; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide U.S
wireless coverage via Sprint's 3G high-speed data network (check wireless coverage). See Wireless Terms and Conditions.

USB Port: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) for connection to the Kindle power adapter or optionally to connect to a PC or Macintosh computer.

Audio: 3.5mm stereo audio jack, rear-mounted stereo speakers.

Content Formats Supported: Kindle
(AZW), TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3,
unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
through conversion.

Included Accessories: Power adapter, USB 2.0 cable, rechargeable battery. Book cover sold separately.

Documentation: Quick Start Guide (included in box) [PDF]; Kindle 2 User's Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF].

Warranty and Service: 1 year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2 year Extended Warranty sold separately.









Kindle Features


Advanced Design

Sleek & Trim

At
10.2 ounces, Kindle is lighter than a typical paperback and as thin as
most magazines. Barely a third of an inch in profile, you'll find
Kindle fits perfectly in your hands.

Improved Ergonomics

Kindle
is as easy to hold and use as a book. We designed it with long-form
reading in mind. When reading for long periods of time, people
naturally shift positions and often like to read with one hand.
Kindle's page-turning buttons are located on both sides, allowing you
to read and turn pages comfortably with one hand from any position. The
page-turn buttons now flex inward to prevent any accidental page turns
when picking up or handling Kindle.

New 5-way controller

Kindle
has a new easy-to-use 5-way controller, enabling precise on-screen
navigation for selecting text to highlight or looking up words.

Simple to Use, No Computer Required

Kindle is completely wireless and ready to use right out of the box--no setup, no cables, no computer required.

Even Longer Battery Life

25% Longer Battery Life - Read for Days Without Recharging

With
Kindle's 25% longer battery life, you can read on a single charge for
up to 4 days with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to 2
weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping
the Kindle Store and downloading content. In low coverage areas or in
1xRTT only coverage, wireless usage will consume battery power more
quickly.

Charge via USB

Kindle supports
wall charging via the included Kindle power adapter, and charging from
your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable. Kindle fully charges in
approximately 4 hours.

Wireless Access with Whispernet

Fast 3G Network - Get Books in Under 60 Seconds

Whispernet
utilizes Amazon's optimized technology plus Sprint's national
high-speed (3G) data network to enable you to wirelessly search,
discover, and download content on the go. Your books and periodicals
are delivered via Whispernet in less than 60 seconds. And unlike WiFi, you never have to hunt for a hotspot.

Expanded National Coverage

We
expanded Kindle's national coverage to include more cities and areas in
all 50 states, enabling wireless downloads of books, newspapers,
magazines, and blogs. Check our wireless coverage map for availability.

No Wireless Bills

No
monthly wireless bills, data plans, or commitments. Amazon pays for
Kindle's wireless connectivity so you won't see a wireless bill. There
is no wireless setup--you are ready to shop, purchase and read right
out of the box. See Wireless Terms and Conditions.

Carry Your Library in 10.2 Ounces

Holds Over 1,500 Books

The
ultimate travel companion, Kindle weighs 10.2 ounces and holds more
than 1,500 books. No longer pick and choose which books fit in your
carry-on. Now you can always have your entire library with you.

Automatic Library Backup: Download Your Books Anytime for Free

A
copy of every book you purchased is backed up online at Amazon.com in
case you ever need to download it again. You can wirelessly re-download
books for free anytime. This allows you to make room for new titles on
your Kindle, knowing that Amazon is storing your personal library. We
even back up your last page read and annotations, so you'll never lose
those, either. Think of it as a bookshelf in your attic--even though
you don't see it, you know your books are there.

Enhanced Reading

Lose Yourself in Your Reading

The
most elegant feature of a physical book is that it disappears while
you're reading. Immersed in the author's world and ideas, you don't
notice a book's glue, the stitching, or ink. Our top design objective
was to make Kindle disappear--just like a physical book--so you can get
lost in your reading, not the technology.

Paper-like Screen

Utilizing the latest in electronic-ink
display technology, Kindle provides a crisp black-and-white 6" screen
with the same appearance and readability of printed paper. Sharp and
natural with no glare or backlight, reading on Kindle is nothing like
reading from a computer screen. Those who see it for the first time
always do a double-take. The screen works using ink, just like books
and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. And
unlike a laptop or smart phone, Kindle never gets warm so you can
comfortably read as long as you like.

Sharper Display of Images and Photos

Kindle's high-resolution screen now boasts 16 shades of gray, so images and photos are sharper and clearer than ever.

Read in Sunlight with No Glare

Kindle's
screen reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting,
eliminating the glare associated with other electronic displays. As a
result, Kindle can be read as easily in bright sunlight as in your
living room.

Adjustable Text Size

Because
one size doesn't fit all, you can increase the text size of your
favorite book or periodical with the push of a button. If your eyes
tire, simply increase the font size and continue reading comfortably.
Kindle has six adjustable font sizes to suit your reading preference.
Now every book in your library can be large print.

Read-to-Me Feature

Now
Kindle can read to you. With the new Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can
read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud to you. You can
switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is
automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is
being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male
and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your
preference. Anything you can read on Kindle, Kindle can read to you,
including books, newspapers, magazines, blogs and even personal
documents. In the middle of a great book or article but have to jump in
the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen on the go.

Improved Newspaper Experience

Using
Kindle's new 5-way controller, you can quickly flip between articles,
making it faster and easier to browse and read the morning paper. Want
to remember the newspaper or magazine article you just read? Clip and
save entire articles for later reading with a single click.

Faster Page Turns

Pages now turn 20% faster on average.

Bookmarks and Annotations

By
using the QWERTY keyboard, you can add annotations to text, just like
you might write in the margins of a book. And because it is digital,
you can edit, delete, and export your notes. Using the new 5-way
controller, you can highlight and clip key passages and bookmark pages
for future use. You'll never need to bookmark your last place in the
book, because Kindle remembers for you and always opens to the last
page you read.

Full Image Zoom

Images and photos display crisply on Kindle and can be zoomed to the full size of the screen.

Personal Documents

Kindle
makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the
need to print. Each Kindle has a unique and customizable e-mail
address. You can set your unique email address on your Manage Your Kindle
page. This allows you and your approved contacts to e-mail Word, PDF
documents, and pictures wirelessly to your Kindle for a small per
document fee--currently only 10¢ per document. Kindle supports wireless
delivery of unprotected Microsoft Word, PDF, HTML, TXT, JPEG, GIF, PNG,
BMP, PRC and MOBI files.


You can email your PDFs wirelessly to your Kindle. Due to
PDF's fixed layout format, some complex PDF files may not format
correctly on your Kindle.


If you are not in a wireless area or would like to avoid the
fee, you can send attachments to "name"@free.kindle.com to be converted
and e-mailed to your computer at the e-mail address associated with
your Amazon.com account login. You can then transfer the document to
your Kindle using your USB connection. For example, if your Kindle
email address is Jay@Kindle.com, send your attachments to
Jay@free.kindle.com.

Built-in Dictionary with Instant Lookup

Never get caught without a dictionary. Kindle includes The New Oxford American Dictionary
with over 250,000 entries and definitions, so you can seamlessly look
up the definitions of words without interrupting your reading. Come
across a word you don't know? Simply move the cursor to it and the
definition will automatically display at the bottom of the screen.
Never fear a sesquipedalian word again--simply look it up and keep
reading.

Wireless Access to Wikipedia

Kindle
also includes free built-in access to the world's most exhaustive and
up-to-date encyclopedia--Wikipedia.org. With Kindle in hand, looking up
people, places, events, and more has never been easier. It gives whole
new meaning to the phrase walking encyclopedia.

Search

Kindle
makes it easy to search within a book, across your library, in the
Kindle Store, or even the Web. To use the Search feature, simply type
in a word or phrase you're looking for, and Kindle finds every instance
in your book or across your Kindle library. Looking for the first
reference of a character in your book? Simply type in the name and
search. You can extend your search to the Kindle Store to find related
titles you may be interested in. Explore even further by searching
Wikipedia and the Web.

Audiobooks

With Kindle, you are able to download and enjoy more than 50,000 audio titles from Audible.com,
including bestselling audio books, radio programs, audio newspapers,
and magazines. Due to their file size, audiobooks are downloaded to
your PC over your existing Internet connection and then transferred to
Kindle using the included USB 2.0 cable. Listen via Kindle's speaker or
plug in your headphones for private listening.

Whispersync

Have more than one Kindle? Our new Whispersync
technology allows you to seamlessly switch back and forth between your
Kindle devices while keeping your reading location synchronized--simply
pick up reading right where you left off.

Experimental Features

The experimental
category represents features we are still working on to enhance the
Kindle experience even further. Try them out and let us know what you
think.

Read-to-Me

Now Kindle can read to
you. With its new Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read every book,
blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud to you. You can switch back and
forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically
saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you
can listen hands-free. You can speed up or slow down the reading speeds
or choose a male or female voice. Anything you can read on Kindle,
Kindle can read to you, including books, newspapers, magazines, blogs
and even personal documents. In the middle of a great book or article
but have to jump in the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen
on the go.

Basic Web Browser

Kindle's
Basic Web browser works well to read simple, text-centric Web sites
such as Google and Wikipedia. Need to find a movie listing or look up a
sports score? Now it's easier than ever to find the information you're
looking for right from your Kindle.

PDF Document Conversion

You
can email your PDF documents wirelessly to your Kindle, just like other
personal documents. Due to PDF's fixed layout format, some complex PDF
files may not format correctly on your Kindle.

Listen to Music & Podcasts

Transfer
MP3 files to Kindle to play as background music while you read. You can
quickly and easily transfer MP3 files via USB by connecting Kindle to
your computer.

Included in The Box

Kindle
electronic reader, power adapter, and USB 2.0 cable (for connection to
the Kindle power adapter or optionally to connect to a PC or Macintosh
computer).

Kindle is just over 1/3 of an inch


Kindle is just over 1/3 of an inch


Carry your library in 10.2 ounces


Carry your library in 10.2 ounces


Read in sunlight with no glare


Read in sunlight with no glare


Sharper display with 16 shades of gray


Sharper display with 16 shades of gray


Adjustable text size for comfortable reading


Adjustable text size for comfortable reading


Use the keyboard to add annotations to text


Use the keyboard to add annotations to text


Built-in Dictionary with Instant Lookup


Built-in Dictionary with Instant Lookup


Shop the Kindle Store right on your device


Shop the Kindle Store right on your device



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