version 2.0

It seems that the time has come for first generation ebook readers to morph into version 2.0 devices. First Sony announces an updated Reader due to ship in November:

there are still some surprises to the new PRS-700 — particularly the new six-inch touchscreen E-Ink display. Page turning is now accomplished by a swipe motion with faster refreshes, and there’s a stylus and on-screen keyboard for searching and note-taking — plus an LED reading light (not a backlight) for reading in the dark. (via Engadget)

Then pictures of a new Amazon Kindle (looking like a bloated first-gen ipod) emerge:

Boy Genius Report has scored shots of something that certainly looks like it could be in the legitimate pipeline. The revised device appears to address complaints over the original’s look head-on, rounding the corners and ditching the oddball angles; the scroll wheel has been replaced with a joystick, the SD slot is gone (don’t worry, there’s at least a gig and a half on-board), and around back, we have grills that seem to suggest integrated stereo speakers. The display is basically the same size — no color here yet, sorry (Engadget again)

So looks like us poor folk down under will miss out on the first generation machines entirely. (Probably not such a bad thing!)


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