Word comes from Amazon that the Kindle 2 is just about ready for shipping and that they are taking orders now.
The new version of the Kindle offers some pretty nice cosmetic changes to things like thickness and weight of the readers and the display is supposed to be considerably easier to read now. Battery life is said to be about 25% longer and book storage capacity about five times that of the original Kindle.
I do remember hearing that those who ordered the Kindle before Christmas will still be receiving Version 1, something that makes absolutely no sense to me as a business decision on Amazon's part. Both versions sell for the same price and I assume the profit margin must be about the same for both.
So if there were none of the old readers in Amazon's warehouse why would they want to build some of the old model and ship them at the same time the new ones are coming out? Wouldn't that make for some disgruntled customers?
Are you buying one of these?
If so, how do you plan to use it? Will it be primarily for travel and commuting, or will it be the usual way for you to read books - even at home? If you're not buying it, why not?
EDIT: I just went over to Amazon to read the presentation there and found that they will be shipping the Kindle 2 to everyone still waiting for a Kindle 1. That makes more sense.