The Future of the Book

The Return of the Kindle

By posted at 2:16 pm on February 9, 2009 1

coverThe book world’s big news today was Amazon’s unveiling of the latest iteration of its eBook reading device, the Kindle 2. You’ll see that the device itself is now remarkably thin (even to those of us who now take tininess in devices for granted). As the promo copy says, “just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines.” There are also a number of other incremental advances to the hardware and interface, though nothing earth-shattering. The real news, to this observer, is that the Kindle remains a key element in the slow and fragmented (when compared to other media) but inexorable shift in how people read. I’ll have more on this topic in a few days. In the meantime, Kindle fans (I know there are quite a few of you) commence rejoicing, and Kindle curmudgeons commence grumbling.

The new Kindle starts shipping in two weeks. Kindle 1 owners who order by midnight get to jump to the front of the line.

Bonus Link: Kindle: Amazon’s New Firestarter

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One Response to “The Return of the Kindle”

  1. Warren Adler
    at 7:19 pm on February 10, 2009

    I'm looking forward to trying the new Kindle out although I'm quite happy with the first one.

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