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Initial post: Oct 3, 2008 7:40:23 PM PDT
J. Whitney says:
Here are some pics and info on the supposed next version of the Kindle:
http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2008/10/03/amazon-kindle-2-ebooks-its-way-to-bgr/

Not sure if it's legit, but it certainly looks that way.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2008 3:07:42 AM PDT
KindlePad says:
Looks very legit to me. Looks like this thing is ready to ship!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2008 6:34:35 AM PDT
Ummm, a working prototype does not mean that it is ready to ship.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2008 10:11:04 AM PDT
KindlePad says:
This might end up being the "student" version - I can't believe they would take the SD card out of the consumer version. My main needs really in a new Kindle are (a) better screen (brighter) and (b) better form factor - easier to hold / use.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2008 10:18:49 AM PDT
Antenox says:
How can the screen be brighter? It's DESIGNED so that it doesn't use a backlight. Maybe higher contrast, or side-LEDs to illuminate it....

I don't like this "new" Kindle. It looks like an early prototype, not a final model. Too much wasted space. I like the original Kindle's unique design and its devotion to maximize use of what surface area it has. This one seems to be wasting a lot of that surface area on just plain white plastic.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2008 11:06:05 AM PDT
sylvia says:
i have had mine two weeks should i be upset? a wider screen might be nice. 2.0 screen same sizewith larger keyboard, not what i want - i read not write.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2008 11:11:54 AM PDT
Sylvia, there's absolutely no reason to be upset. If you've only had your Kindle for 2 weeks, you are still able to return it for any reason under amazon's policy and wait an indeterminate amount of time until a new version comes out. Or you can keep the one you have and continue to use it in the months until the next version comes out.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2008 2:51:19 PM PDT
MonaLS says:
It looks like a giant step backwards - joystick instead of the lovely easy to use scroll bar, bigger overall without an increase in screen size, no SD card. Can't be the new improved version of the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2008 4:52:33 PM PDT
Sylvia - per the engadget site the screen is the same size - only the form factor is larger

also lack of expansion slot for SD card is a huge down grade in my opinion - text files are way smaller than music or movie files for an iPod - but being limited to 1.5 gigs - WOW that is limited space!!!

based on what I see and the information posted on the engadget site - I am personally happier to have my existing Kindle!

if Kindle 2.0 is real -- I won't be buying!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2008 11:21:31 PM PDT
They will pry my SD card out of my cold, dead hands!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2008 6:15:48 AM PDT
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KindlePad says:
I think its more likely it is (a) a prototype or (b) a student model or some "specific use" model that they feel doesn't need storage. I think its more just an early prototype. That being said, and with the changes to the buttons, still not sure how to hold the dang thing. I agree that no way is it prudent to dump the card slot and remove-able battery. That's nuts. Thats a step backwards. That would be like the ipod going back to firewire.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008 11:35:40 AM PDT
D. Baltezor says:
Sylvia, I wouldn't worry too much, Amazon is not likely to start using a format for the ebooks on a new kindle version that would not be compatible with the "old" kindle. Too many people would indundate them with complaints and they would lose a rapidly growing customer base. It will easily be several years before any of us have to worry about our kindles becoming obsolete.

Dawn

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008 12:10:32 PM PDT
I agree with Baltezor on that ... part of the reason I bought into the Kindle ...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008 3:47:34 PM PDT
Keyboard is very handy for typing in subjects, authors and titles on Amazon. My best use of the keyboard is dictionary use and looking up characters in the book I am reading. I frequently use the search line to type in foreign phrases or other variations on the word. But the use I like the best is looking up characters, phrases, words in a book I am reading. You can type any word that is in the book including popular names and Kindle will list the paragraph that it appears so that you can instantly go to that place in the book. How many times have you forgotten information that was written on a minor character and you thumb through the book to find it---spending 5 to 10 minutes searching? No other e-reader has this ability.

Sharon

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008 4:40:42 PM PDT
M. A. Green says:
It's bogus...either a scam or someone got their info confused. A lot of people are being taken in by this 2.0 version, but it's not the next gen for Kindle. This is most likely an early proto-type of the current Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2008 5:59:31 PM PDT
Eric says:
I am thinking seriously about buying a kindle and was holding back because of that BGR post (see J. Whitney's link). I don't think that "kindle 2.0" has any features I am interested in, but am worried that the release of a new kindle before Holiday Season 2008 will mean a big price drop I missed out on by only a month or so. Wish I could get a good answer from Amazon. Anyone here have any luck?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2008 6:05:35 PM PDT
all we know is that Amazon has stated that there will not be a new Kindle before sometime in 2009

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2008 6:26:49 PM PDT
where can you see when the next version will be on sale to the public?
have you used the kindle?
if yes....what do you think ?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2008 6:34:50 PM PDT
the Kindle 2.0 that is being referenced all over the web is strictly web rumor - Boy Genius posted pics he claims is the device - but again this is all web rumor - Amazon recently released a statement that there would not be an upgrade to the Kindle model until sometime in 2009

the information posted with Boy's pics appears to quite a few of us current Kindle owners as a downgrade - larger form factor size but no visable increase in the screen size, non removable battery, no expansion slot for SD or other memory card -

Personally I own the current Kindle and I love it - granted it is not perfect - nothing ever is - but I would not give up my Kindle for anything it is a part of my everyday must haves right along with my iPod and iPhone!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2008 7:11:25 PM PDT
Stephen, here is the extent of the information about a new Kindle that has come from amazon:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/28/extinguish-the-rumors-no-new-kindle-this-year/?scp=1&sq=amazon%20kindle&st=cse

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2008 3:27:21 PM PDT
David Ivey says:
I think M. A. Green is right. It is probably an early proto-type of the current Kindle. I'd much rather have the current Kindle than the thing displayed on the Boy Genius website.

Google "Plastic Logic" if you want to see what the next generation of ebook readers will look like. A nice big screen that will display large page sizes and PDFs -- i.e. something perfect for college textbooks. If Amazon comes up with something like that I'd upgrade.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2008 7:40:14 PM PDT
ZoŽ Miamum says:
this "new" prototype does seem to be a step backward in several ways. I'd be more interested in what changes might be made to the layout of the homepage, navigation, etc...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2008 8:28:56 PM PDT
ZoŽ Miamum says:
this "new" prototype does seem to be a step backward in several ways. I'd be more interested in what changes might be made to the layout of the homepage, navigation, etc...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2008 7:10:26 AM PDT
Avalon says:
I'd upgrade if it had color ink for better pictures, and/or better web-cruising capabilities.

Since neither of those are mentioned, and the SD card expansion is eliminated, I'm not seeing any advantage of the "new" Kindle. Agree with others it looks like an early prototype or small purpose-built (i.e., student) type.

No regret buying my Kindle. Even if they release a "new" one in 2009, I will have gotten up to 2 years use on my current Kindle, not a bad track record in electronics. And I can pass my current Kindle along to one of my kids, who would love it.
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