Amazon's Kindle 2 officially released

By Justin Mann on February 9, 2009, 12:12 PM
Amazon has officially announced the Kindle 2 today, showing off the new unit in a demo video and boasting about all the new features it supports. Rumors last week about the device's profile and shape have rung true, with the Kindle 2 being a meager one third of an inch thick and only 10.2 ounces in weight. The device supports 3G connectivity to get books delivered over the air and its internal storage is enough to satisfy even the largest of digital book libraries. It also supposedly will last several days on a single charge.

Due for sale for the first time on February 24th, the Kindle 2 will boast not only a plethora of new features but a steep price tag, coming in at $359. That's a hefty tag for an eBook reader, though that is the same price the original Kindle debuted at and ultimately led to fairly poor sales all around. You might think that you could now pick up an older Kindle for less, which is true if you are buying one used, but the online retailer has apparently stopped selling the original one. Amazon does have a nifty device with the Kindle, but the price barrier seems to be a huge setback for it. Would you pay $359 to read eBooks?

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Buckyg66 said:
359.00?? Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have one, but the price needs to be relative to other portable devices. It has one function and costs as much as Smart Phone? Seems like the price will doom it to failure more than the applcation or demand. $150.00 Tops...PS My Library card doesn't cost me anything. :)
Damn they have a huge back order on the first Kindle... Are they not pissing off a lot of people by not offering the original? Especially since that one is cheaper now and would give people an option.... if their gonna simply replace everybody's order w/ the newer kindle that may piss people off to see the price jump especially since a lot of people work on a budget.
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