Kindle 2 not too young for new accessories

M-Edge accessories for the Kindle 2 include two jackets and an e-Luminator that allows for reading in low-light environments.

Somebody must have learned about Amazon's Kindle 2 long before the rest of us.

Practically at the same time Amazon launched the new digital reader, M-Edge Accessories, a maker of accessories for the original Kindle, announced its newest collection of jackets designed specifically for the device.

This is actually fitting, as unlike the first generation device, the Kindle 2 will not include an Amazon-supplied stock jacket with purchase.

M-Edge's products for the Kindle 2 include the Executive Jacket and Platform. Both jackets share a common accessory called e-Luminator booklight, which enables Kindle users to read in low-light environments.

The Executive Jacket for Kindle 2 offers full device protection, helps hold the Kindle securely in place with the Kindle-compatible mounting system, and features a wraparound closure strap. The Executive Jacket for Kindle 2 comes in more color options than the one made for the original Kindle, including colors with fancy names such as marbled red, jade green, sapphire blue, fuschia, and purple, as well as more basic options, including black, mocha, saddle, navy blue, cream, and gray.

The Platform Jacket for Kindle 2 introduces a new bookstand design that lets users read their Kindles upright and hands-free, while still offering full protection in a lushly-padded case.

Both jackets will be available by the end of the month and share the same prices: $29.99 for the synthetic leather version and $44.99 for the genuine leather version. The e-Luminator, on the other hand, will be available in March with unknown pricing at the moment.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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