Kindle 2 Ships Today!

kindle 2If you ordered the newly upgraded Kindle 2, chances are your order was shipped today. A quick look at the Amazon website, indicates that there is not waiting list at this time.

This could me one of two things: either amazon have more than enough Kindle 2’s available for shipment or  not too many people are buying at this time.

Something tells me that the latter is true. Here’s why. A lot of people bought into kindle 1 .  Those very same individuals may not be ready to pluck out another $359 at this time for an upgrade…especially with the economy the way it is.

After all, $359 is a lot of money…I can think of a lot of  things I can do with that kind of money…but Kindle 2 is also very tempting.

Anyway the first set of Kindle 2 were shipped today which means that many people will get their hands on the device probably as soon as tomorrow…Now we just have to wait and see what the public response is  the device…I can’t wait.

For those of you wondering about what you will get if while you were waiting you your Kindle 1 order, Kindle 2 came out…you will be getting the upgraded Kindle 2.

Also,  if you are wondering if you can transfer your Kindle 1 content to your Kindle 2, the answer is yes. All you have to do is make sure that your new Kindle 2 is registered to the same account as Kindle 1 and you will have access to all its content.

which lead me to another point…

There’s been a lot of questions about how to share kindle content. Well, here’s an idea.

To share content with a friend, de-register your kindle2 from your account and temporarily register it to your friend’s account, download all the content he or she has then re-register your kindle to your account. Allow your friend to do the same with your content… the key is to convince your friend to do it.  Try it and let me know how it went…Good luck.  more later…

Kindle 2 Vs Prs 700BC – Video and Table

The following are video tours of both the Reader Digital Book -PRS700BC and the Amazon  Kindle 2, plus a tabular comparison between the devices

Video tour: Reader digital Book -PRS-700BC
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Video tour: Kindle 2
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Tabular Comparison

prs700bc2 Sony PRS-700BC kindle-2 Kindle 2

FEATURES

SONY EREADER

KINDLE

Display

  • 6 Inch “electronic paper” display
  • SVGA 800×600 Approx.170 Pixels Per Inch
  • 8-level gray scale
  • Uses E Ink® – a significant improvement over CRT and LCD technology. The result is a reading experience that’s similar to paper .
  • Interactive touch screen allows you to turn pages by sliding finger across the screen, activate bookmark, create annotations with a virtual keyboard, highlight text with a stylus pen, and search for text.
  • Built-in LED reading light allows night reading.
  • 6 inch diagonal electrophoretic –electronic-paper display
  • 600 x 800 pixel resolution.
  • 16-level gray scale
  • Uses E Ink® technology which provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper


Size

  • 5.1 inches x 6.8 inches x 0.41 inches
  • 5.3 inches x 8.0 inches x 0.36 inches

Computer Requirement

  • Browsing and book purchase online, then download books to your PC.
  • From the PC you download selected content into your PRS-700BC.

Format

  • BBeB (Unencrypted)
  • JPEG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • BMP
  • MP3
  • AAC
  • ePub
  • TXT
  • RTF
  • Adobe® PDF
  • Microsoft® Word
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC)
  • HTML
  • JPEG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • BMP (through conversion)
  • PDF
  • TXT
  • AZW
  • Unprotected Mobipocket books (.prc, .mobi)
  • AAX
  • MP3
  • RTF

Expansion

  • 2 slots – A SD slot and a memory stick Duo slot. Both can be used at once for additional storage
  • No SD slot

Connectivity

  • No wireless connectivity.
  • Download ebooks from the online ebook store, CONNECT ebooks, to your computer
  • Use the CONNECT Reader software to access ebooks on your computer
  • Use USB cable to transfer content from your computer to the device.
  • Download content directly to memory card to bypass USB cable transfer.
  • Use EVDO/CDMA Wireless connectivity to shop the Kindle store and download ebooks (only if you are in a wireless coverage area)
  • Download ebooks from Online Kindle store to your computer
  • Use USB cable to transfer content to your Kindle (If you are not in a coverage area).

Content Delivery Time

  • As fast as internet connection and USB cable transfer will allow.
  • Less than a minute when done wirelessly.
  • In non-wireless area, its as fast as internet connection and USB cable transfer will allow.

Content

  • Just over 160, 000 books available
  • The CONNECT™ Store puts thousands of eBook titles online. You’ll find all the latest bestsellers as well as a deep catalog of books in every category – fiction, non-fiction, business, self-help and more, with free first chapters available, plus author bios and reviews. Most titles cost less than their print versions, and CONNECT™ offers additional specials.
  • More than 275,000 books available.
  • U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes
  • Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland.
  • More than 250 top blogs.
  • Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.
  • Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Weight

  • Approx 10 ounces
  • Approx 10.2 ounces

Capacity

  • Internal memory holds up to 350 average size eBooks at a time
  • Internal memory – 2GB (1.4 GB for books) – holds over 1500 books at a time

Power Supply

  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • AC Power : Optional AC Charger requires 120 Volts 60Hz
  • Battery Recharge

AC adapter: Approx. 2 hours.
USB-cable: Approx. 4 hours

  • Read 7,500 page with a single charge
  • AC Power adapter
  • Long Life Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery.
  • Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging.
  • Fully recharges in 4 hours with USB 2.0 cable

Wireless

  • No wireless

Supplied Accessories

  • PC Management Software
  • Soft cover
  • USB cable
  • AC Power
  • Power adapter
  • USB 2.0 cable

Font

  • 5 sizes
  • 6 sizes
Special features
  • magnetic soft cover magnetically adheres to device
  • Touch screen-faster page turn
  • built-in LED reading light.
  • page forward or backward with finger swipe.
  • stylus pen for highlighting and annotations.
  • virtual keyboard
  • 7500 continuous page turns without battery recharge
  • sleek and trim
  • Text and images zooms in and out
  • content available from Sony ebook store and several websites
  • transfer MP3 files for music
  • Text-to-Speech feature allows Kindle to read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud to you
  • New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99
  • New 5-way controller
  • 20% faster page turn than Kindle 1
  • Images and  can be zoomed to the full size of the screen
  • 50,000 audio titles from Audible.com
  • New Whispersync technology allows you to switch back and forth between your Kindle devices  and iPhone.
  • Basic Web browser reads simple, text-centric Web sites
  • Transfer MP3 files to Kindle as background music while you read
  • Free book samples
  • Built in dictionary
  • Search within books
  • sleek and trim
  • 25% more battery life than Kindle 1

See also: Kindle 2 Vs PRS-505

Kindle 2 is Here!

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more about “Amazon Kindle 2
Amazon kindle 2, the next generation wireless reading device has arrived  and will be officially released on February 24th…I can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype.
To get yours hands the device, you will have to order quickly, join the line and wait. Just how long you will have to wait is not yet clear.  One thing is sure, though, the line is getting long very fast.
It’s been just over a year since Amazon launched the initial, Kindle 1. Since its launch, many bought into it and became early adopters.
Yet, the device was not without many flaws including clumsiness – not being able to hold it without inadvertently turning the page, not having wireless access in some areas, and the delayed reaction  associated with turning the pages.
This hardly seem to justify the initial $400 price tag slapped on it, which later became $359. This, of course, did nothing to deter buyers many of whom wanted to be a part of the revolution –  a new and easy way to access and read materials on the go.
Many agree that turning out Kindle 2 at this time is a great idea. After all, it’s been the topic of debate for quite some time. However, they were hoping that Amazon would consider allowing them to trade in their  “old” kindle 1 for  the new and improved Kindle 2 at a much reduced price. Will this happen? I don’t think so.
For now, if you want to get Kindle 2, you will have to fork out another $359, even if you are an early adopter… I guess this means that you will just have to stack them up, each time a new generation comes out…unless of course Amazon decide to work something out.
At this rate, you may even see a new generation Kindle at the turn of each year…who knows.
In any case, I am still going to get one.

So, what does this new device offer?
From my understanding, it still provide the convenience of reading what you want, when you want it.

You can still have immediate wireless access to books all delivered in less than 60 seconds…from the Kindle store of course…and its free.
Also, it  still can “disappear” in your hands so you get lost in the author’s words.

New and Improved Features
* Sleek and slim – just over1/3 of an inch (size of most magazines)

* Seven times more storage and holds over 1,500 titles

* Improved display provides crisper images and text –  now boasts 16 shades of gray.

* Faster Page turning – 20% faster.

* Longer battery life- 25% more.

* New “Text-to-Speech“ features means Kindle can even read out loud to you.

Present Kindle owners are given priority to be the first to get their hands on the next generation Amazon Kindle 2 device, but must order before midnight on February 10th. You don’t want to miss this…I am off to get mine.

More hands-on analysis later…