Kindle 2 is here!

B66D6152-0D6A-4BE4-AA50-04244A958348.jpgIt’s official and all over the gadget blogs today: Amazon has announced Kindle 2. You can pre-order one for $359, to ship on February 24.

The new device, pictured here, sports an overhauled body (much slimmer and sleeker than its predecessor), a better screen, a longer battery life, and more storage for more books (“over 1,500 books,” according to Amazon). It also includes a new feature called “Read-to-Me,” which, as you might guess, will read your books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs aloud to you. Might this be a useful tool for literacy?

(Kindle 2: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation) on Amazon.com)

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Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.