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Page turns are said to be 20 percent faster than the original Kindle.
Newspapers, magazines, and blogs are available on the Kindle 2 via paid subscriptions.
Amazon says that the new Kindle delivers 25 percent longer battery life than the original model.
At just over a third of an inch think, the Kindle 2 is thinner than the iPhone.
About 230,000 books are now available on the Kindle, and that number should continue to grow.