Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Kindle 2? Are we there yet?

this news was extracted from the best tech+gadget website Geek.com, here goes, some clarification about amazon kindle 2

Amazon quashes new Kindle rumors

by Matthew posted on September 2, 2008 4:03 am

If any of you were really hoping the rumors of a Kindle follow-up this year were true, then I’m afraid you aren’t going to like this news.

Craig Berman, chief spokesman for Amazon was asked outright if Kindle 2.0 was coming soon by the New York Times. His response:

Don’t believe everything you read … There’s a lot of rumor and speculation about the Kindle. One thing I can tell you for sure is that there will be no new version of the Kindle this year. A new version is possible sometime next year at the earliest.

There have been two main rumors circling the Internet. The first being that there would be a follow-up Kindle very soon and another saying that Amazon were going to target students with a version of the existing Kindle. Berman quashed rumors of a follow-up this year, but did not mention a possible education version of the original appearing.

Read more at The New York Times

Matthew’s Opinion
The one thing you can state as not being a rumor is the fact the Kindle is here to stay. I think even Amazon must be impressed with its popularity selling an estimated 240,000 units already.

I have stated before that the Kindle 2 is going to be the tipping point for e-book readers really taking off. Amazon have tested the water, been successful and got loads of feedback. They can now put that new knowledge and experience into the Kindle 2 and they could have something as popular as the iPhone – if they get it right.

I think it would be a bad move to start releasing different versions just for students. Students want the best kit and usually have it before everyone else. They will want Kindle 2 just like everyone else, not Kindle: Student Edition. I hope Amazon just put all their efforts into Kindle 2 and look at releasing it worldwide more quickly.

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