Kindle 2 will make you a cup of cappucino to go with your Joyce Carol Oates, but still won’t let you fold down a corner. Rumour has it one lucky Kindle buyer will find get a commemorative Devil’s edition of the Kindle, which contains the uploaded soulds of Dan Brown, John Grisham and Daniel Steel, stored locally and viewable as PowerPoint files…
The Kindle, which is only available in the US, has been a moderate success – allowing Amazon to quickly take command of the small but much-heralded electronic book market. The current $359 (£253) model sports a six-inch screen and 256MB of memory, although its Whispernet wireless download system only works in the United States.
Some observers say they expect a thinner and more robust body and more user-friendly approach – but it remains unclear whether the gadget will ever be available to buy in Europe.
“We’re fairly sure that it will be a new Kindle, one that will feature a colour screen and better battery life,” electronics analyst Richard Doherty, of Envisioneering Group, told the LA Times.
Although sales figures for the first-generation Kindle remain unclear, industry analysts have regarded it as a good first step: the gadget sold out at launch, and demand has continued to outstrip the company’s inventory. Prospective buyers currently face waits of four to six weeks to get their hands on one.