Report: Amazon to Launch New Kindle on Feb 9th

E-bookworms, get ready for Kindle 2.

Amazon will roll out the new version of its popular Kindle electronic book reader early next month, according to a New York Times report. The company has announced via email that it will hold a news conference, hosted by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York on February 9th.

Industry watchers have anticipated a revamped Kindle for several months. Boy Genius Report posted allegedly leaked photos of the upcoming reader last October. If the shots are real, Kindle 2 will correct some of the design glitches in the original model. For instance, several buttons are now smaller to avoid accidental page turns, and a joystick has replaced the scroll wheel for screen navigation. It's unclear whether the new Kindle will have a touch screen and backlight like its main competitor, the Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700BC.

Electronic book readers have been fairly high priced thus far, but that hasn't hurt their popularity. Example: There's a 4 to 6 week waiting period for the $359 Kindle at (Today's buyers will no doubt get the updated model). Sony Reader is a bit pricier at $389 to $399.

To comment on this article and other PCWorld content, visit our Facebook page or our Twitter feed.
Shop Tech Products at Amazon
Notice to our Readers
We're now using social media to take your comments and feedback. Learn more about this here.