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Taking another crack at Amazon's Kindle

Amazon unveils its long-awaited, second-generation e-book reader. The $359 Kindle 2 is thinner than its predecessor and offers longer battery life.

Kindle 2, Amazon.com's long-awaited, second-generation e-book reader, is thinner than its predecessor and offers longer battery life.

* The launch *

Review: Amazon Kindle 2

While it's still short of perfection--and has a price tag that's too high--the $359 Amazon Kindle 2 offers a range of improvements that makes it the best overall e-book reader we've seen to date.
(Posted in CNET Reviews by David Carnoy)
February 24, 2009

IBM voice ace: Kindle no threat to audio books

Andy Aaron, the IBM expert quoted by the Authors Guild to prove Kindle could hurt audio sales says text-to-speech is a long way from competing against humans.
(Posted in Digital Media by Greg Sandoval)
• Kindle 2 debate: If a robot reads a book is it an audio book?
February 26, 2009 4:00 AM PST

Kindle 2 gets naked

The total geeks (that is a huge compliment) over at ifixit have gutted the Amazon Kindle 2 to see what makes it tick.
(Posted in Crave by Eric Franklin)
February 25, 2009 11:20 AM PST

Designing the Kindle 2

In an interview, Kindle unit head Ian Freed talks about the trade-offs Amazon considered in deciding what would go in the new Kindle, which is now shipping.
(Posted in Beyond Binary by Ina Fried)
• O'Reilly: Amazon must open the Kindle
• What's the average age of Kindle owners?
• Amazon posts Kindle 2 manual
February 24, 2009 4:00 AM PST

Video: Skimming the Kindle 2 and other e-book gadgets

CNET TV's Natali del Conte gives her read on Amazon's updated electronic-book reader, along with Sony's Reader and other alternatives.
(Posted in Crave by CBS Interactive staff)
• Podcast: Will Amazon kindle a surge in e-book interest?
February 24, 2009 9:15 AM PST

* The unveiling *

Amazon Kindle 2: It's NOT too expensive

The Amazon Kindle is an early adopter's gadget and it shouldn't have to apologize for it. CNET's Molly Wood tells you why.
(Posted in Crave by Molly Wood)
February 9, 2009 4:27 PM PST

Kindle 2: Hands-on impressions

CNET's David Carnoy shares his first impressions of Amazon's second-generation digital reading device.
(Posted in Crave by David Carnoy)
• Kindle 2 not too young for new accessories
• Kindle 2 doesn't ship with protective cover, memory expansion slot
February 9, 2009 3:20 PM PST

E-book expansion stalled by price

There are more hardware options for reading e-books today, but the price is keeping the demographic basically the same.
(Posted in Crave by Erica Ogg)
• Kindle rival Plastic Logic signs up content partners
February 9, 2009 12:40 PM PST

What's new about the Kindle 2? Not a whole lot

The upgrades to Amazon's e-book reader are pretty routine: faster, better battery life, better screen, bigger storage capacity. That still won't be enough to make everyone rush to get one.
(Posted in Crave by Caroline McCarthy)
• Amazon's Kindle 2: 5 burning questions
February 9, 2009 11:04 AM PST

Video: Introducing the Kindle 2

Amazon.com introduces the Kindle 2 at a New York press conference featuring a special reading by author Stephen King.
(Posted in CNET News by Natali del Conte)
February 9, 2009 10:24 AM PST

News.com Poll

Kindle rekindled
Is Amazon's Kindle 2 the spark to get you reading e-books?

Yes, Kindle 2 is just what I've been waiting for.
Not really. Is it that much of an upgrade from the original?
I prefer Sony's PRS-505 Reader Digital Book
$359 for the Kindle 2? I'll take my books in paperback, thanks.



View results

Photos: Amazon Kindle 2

It's official: the Amazon Kindle 2 is coming February 24 for $359. Here's a look at the updated e-book reader.
(Posted in CNET Reviews by Matthew Moskovciak)
February 9, 2009 8:08 AM PST

Live blog: Amazon unveils Kindle 2

The second generation of the Kindle e-reader is announced, and CNET News is on site to live-blog the launch.
(Posted in Crave by Caroline McCarthy)
February 9, 2009 8:00 AM PST

Amazon to unveil next-gen Kindle?

The company is widely expected to introduce a revamped e-book reader at Monday's press event in New York. It's easy to imagine it will be lighter and slimmer, with an updated look.
(Posted in Crave by Erica Ogg)
• Report: Amazon scares up Stephen King for Kindle
February 9, 2009 3:27 AM PST

* Previous coverage *

Reported Kindle 2 photos look like the real deal

Mobileread.com posts purported images, price, and release date of the Kindle 2, expected to be announced Monday. While we have no confirmation that this is bona fide, it sure looks that way.
(Posted in Crave by David Carnoy)
• What if: Steve Jobs meets the Kindle
February 6, 2009 6:48 PM PST

Amazon Kindle books coming to cell phones?

Until now you could only read books sold in Amazon's Kindle Store on the Kindle, the company's digital reader. But that may change soon.
(Posted in Crave by David Carnoy)
• Google going mobile with Book Search
February 6, 2009 1:52 PM PST

Top 5 fixes for the next Kindle

What we wish Amazon would fix in its next version of the popular e-book reader. Who knows, maybe Jeff Bezos will stumble across our suggestions and make last-minute tweaks.
(Posted in CNET TV by Tom Merritt)
February 2, 2009 3:28 PM PST

New Amazon Kindle 2 coming February 9?

Amazon.com is scheduled to hold an important press conference on February 9 in New York. Could it be for the new Kindle?
(Posted in Crave by David Carnoy)
January 27, 2009 8:11 AM PST

Kindle 2: Where are you?

Amazon says the Kindle is sold out. Meanwhile, plenty of people are worried that a new model is coming out soon and they'll regret buying the original.
(Posted in Fully Equipped by David Carnoy)
January 22, 2009 2:58 PM PST