Amazon has announced the release of Kindle 2, a new, updated version of its popular e-book reader. To celebrate the new reader, the company also announced that author Stephen King has written a Kindle-only novella – Ur – specifically for Amazon.
The Kindle 2 is slimmer (.36”), lighter (10.2 ounces), and sleeker, and has a longer battery life than the original. It can hold more than 1,500 books, and can convert any text to audio, so it can "read" books to you.
However, the Kindle 2 still cannot use e-book formats other than Amazon's.
The Kindle 2 will start shipping February 24.
To read more, see Wired.com’s Amazon's Kindle 2 Slims Down, Adds Audio.