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Amazon Kindle Review — 2.0 Update

Having read through and summarized customer reviews on the original Amazon original, I was curious about what improvements the new Amazon 2.0 Kindle Reader would offer.

Here is a list of the official Kindle Reader 2.0 features from Amazon (along with unofficial commentary):

  • Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines - Like the rest of America, Amazon pushed for thinner, giving the Kindle 2.0 a more sophisticated look than the original Kindle
  • Lightweight: At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback - the original Kindle was also quite light and customers say they really appreciate this.
  • Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, service plans, or hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots. This was true for original Kindle. It is a very good thing, unless you live in Montana (see comment in my original post)
  • Books in Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required - another good item, but not new to 2.0
  • Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and even crisper images - Here is one of the bigger improvements, though many satisfied Kindle customers said they will stick with their original Kindle purchase since they have had no problem reading on it. Others planned to give their original Kindle to a family member or sell on Ebay and get the latest and greatest for themselves. An unstated negative about the Kindle is that it is still black and white (and the 16 shades of gray), but not color. One has to wonder at what point Amazon will offer a color version.
  • Longer Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging. Customer comments confirm that you can use a Kindle for a couple days before needing to recharge it.
  • More Storage: Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books - Original Kindle held 200+, so big increase here. Business travelers love the idea of taking a whole library with them on each trip, instead of two books that will fit in their carry-on bag.
  • Faster Page Turns: 20% faster page turns
  • Read-to-Me: With the new Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud to you — Despite being low on Amazon’s list of features, this is pretty big news. While everyone feared the reading voice would sound like a horrible robotron, it’s not bad. Watch the video below to hear it in action.
  • Large Selection: Over 230,000 books plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs available — Amazon continues to increase this number, despite it not being easy to convert printed books to Kindle format. Several existing Kindle customers commented that what they like most about their Kindle is getting their daily newspaper or magazine delivered directly to them. No running out to the mailbox in a snowstorm for a soggy copy!
  • As a publisher, I see the Amazon Kindle population continuing to grow and think smart publishers will invest the time and energy to add their products to this market, especially while some of the biggest book publishers are still lagging behind.

    As a reader, the text-to-voice feature increases my interest significantly. Will I be buying an Amazon Kindle Reader? I haven’t made up my mind yet. Potential or existing Amazon Kindle owners — chime in with your comments below!

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