As expected, the new Kindle 2 was announced this morning.
Here’s a brief video overview of the new device:
See more over at Engadget
I want to point out a couple of cool new features in the Kindle 2:
- Whispersync: – This allows syncing between Kindle devices. You can start reading on one Kindle device and have it sync exactly where you leave off so you can start reading on another. No big deal on it’s own, but I’m hoping this means an iPhone version is in the works. Having multiple personal Kindles sitting around seems just a bit decadent in the current economic climate.
- Read To Me: – This allows a Kindle to read a book to you using a computer generated (though reportedly very good) voice. This would be ideal for ‘reading’ in the car – an excellent feature.
There were no real surprises at Amazon’s unveiling, but it’s still exciting nonetheless. I’m hoping some of the things I mentioned in my last post start to show up in one form or another as Amazon looks to expand it’s market for the device.
This new Kindle has the potential to be the device to put eBooks over the top. Amazon is in a great position to make it happen.