The Kindle is almost one, but Amazon just announced they are releasing Version Two on February 24th.
If you bought a Kindle 1, Amazon is putting you first in line for Kindle 2, but it doesn’t look like you will be getting a discount. But that is the price of progress!
The main improvements seem to be:
- Longer battery life
- Larger storage space ( holds over 1,500 books–whatever that means)
- Text-to-Speech ability when your eyes are tired
- Improved screen with 16 shades of gray
One thing I like about the Kindle is Amazon allows you to re-download:
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.
(I bought a few movies and TV shows from Apple via iTunes before I found out I couldn’t re-download the episodes (not without contacting Apple at least). I have no intention of doing anything illegal, but I would like the ability to re-download if necessary.)
I was holding out until the next generation Kindle came out. I may wait until the first price drop, but I’m getting close to being sold on it. Check out the Kindle 2 information page.