Amazon e-reader Kindle 2 is nifty, if costly, second act

By Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY

Hate to spoil the ending, but here’s what you need to know about Kindle 2.

The second edition of Amazon’s (AMZN) best-selling electronic reader looks better, reads better and addresses the first Kindle’s (metaphorically speaking) torn pages. Still, most of the improvements are marginal enough that owners of the original Kindle ought not feel compelled to upgrade, especially at a pricey $359.

In a turbulent economy, first-time buyers may balk, too. Still, Kindle 2 represents the finest e-book reader you can buy, even if at times it leaves you wanting more. Color is years away. But why, in this day and age, no touch-screen?

Amazon began shipping the new Kindle on Monday, a day before it said it would. I’ve been curling up with one for a couple of weeks.

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Amazon e-reader Kindle 2 is nifty, if costly, second act

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