Kindle 2 Now Shipping

Posted by at 2:57 pm on February 23, 2009, today announced it is shipping Amazon Kindle 2. Already the No. 1 seller in Electronics on the Web site in just 15 days since it was introduced on Feb. 9, Kindle 2 offers revolutionary wireless delivery of content in a new slim design with longer battery life, faster page turns, over seven times more storage, sharper images and a new read-to-me feature. Kindle 2 began shipping today to customers who were in line for the original Kindle and customers who pre-ordered beginning Feb. 9. New orders placed today will be released for immediate shipping.

“The response from customers to Kindle 2 has been tremendous. In order to ensure we ship Kindle 2 by the original ship day of Feb. 24, we started shipping one day early,” said Ian Freed, vice president, Amazon Kindle. “We’re excited about the new design and features of Kindle 2, and we think our customers will be too.”

Kindle 2 Features

  • Pencil-thin and lighter than a typical paperback at just over 10 ounces and 0.36 inches
  • 25 percent longer battery life than the Kindle
  • Pages turn an average 20 percent faster
  • Holds more than 1,500 books with 2 GB of memory
  • Sharper images and crisp text with 16 shades of gray
  • “Text-to-Speech” read-to-me feature converts words on a page to spoken word
  • “Whispersync” technology saves and synchronizes reading location across Kindle devices

The Kindle Store gives customers access to more than 240,000 books and top U.S. and international magazines and newspapers, plus more than 1,200 different blogs.

For more details or to purchase Kindle 2 for $359, visit

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