Amazon says new Kindle to be slimmer, out Feb. 24

By: By RACHEL METZ, AP Technology Writer
By: By RACHEL METZ, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. is releasing a new, slimmer version of the Kindle, its electronic reading device, and it will have an exclusive release of a new book from Stephen King.

The online retailer's founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, told a New York news conference Monday that the highly anticipated new Kindle will cost $359, same as the previous version. Amazon says it will begin shipping the new Kindle Feb. 24.

The new Kindle is about one-third of an inch thick and weighs 10 ounces. It includes a screen with 16 shades of gray, compared with the previous Kindle's four shades. It will be able to read text aloud and can store 1,500 books, compared to 200 on the previous version. It also promises two weeks of reading on one charge of the battery.

King has written a novella, called "Ur," that will be exclusively available on the Kindle and will incorporate the device into the story.

King has been known as a digital publishing innovator. In 2000 he released a novella, "Riding the Bullet," as a free download. Web sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com were swamped by high demand for the 66-page story.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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