Amazon's Sequel to a Best-Selling Thriller
There's a new Kindle, but chances are you still can't get one.
Amazon yesterday unveiled the successor to its much-buzzed about, hard-to-find and seldom seen electronic-book reader it debuted in November 2007. The Seattle online retailer says this wireless-connected tablet, which has been on back order since the Christmas season, features a wide variety of upgrades over Kindle 1.0:
· It's thinner. At .36 inches thick, it's about a pencil's width.
· The screen displays 16 shades of gray and, Amazon says, flips from page to page 20 percent faster.
· The battery should last 25 percent longer.
· It offers far more storage, with 1.4 gigabytes available vs. just 180 megabytes on the first Kindle.
· It includes a five-way controller that directly selects items on the screen (on the first Kindle, you have to roll a jog-dial switch to move an indicator up or down in a thermometer-like column to the right of the screen).