Amazon Announces Kindle 2 Ebook Reader

Amazon introduced the second generation version of its digital book reader, Kindle 2, on Monday. The new version of the ebook device sports a thinner body, an aluminum back, and longer battery life.

Like the original Kindle, Kindle 2 can take advantage of Sprint's EVDO wireless data network to download books, documents, blogs and news, and includes a USB port for connecting to Macs and Windows-based PCs. The new model also includes 2GB of data storage, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a five-way navigation pad instead of the slide wheel found on the original model.

Amazon also announced that author Stephen King wrote a new novella, Ur, specifically for the Kindle.

The Kindle 2 will be available on February 24 for US$359.

Kindle 2
The Kindle 2 from Amazon