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Amazon Kindle 2011 Wrap-Up

Amazon Kindle 2011 Wrap-Up

Amazon's Kindle event today brought not one but four new models, along with some quiet rebranding and even a new browser. Heady stuff, then, and plenty to get your head around, especially if all you want to do is some casual reading. We've pulled together all of this morning's Amazon news to get you up to speed, so click on for the the ereader goodness.

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Kindle 3′s Webkit browser bests Kindle 2 in video head-to-head

Kindle 3′s Webkit browser bests Kindle 2 in video head-to-head

The third-gen Kindle's smaller chassis and brighter E Ink display may have been the main selling points for most users, but it was the new, Webkit-based browser that got the true Kindle-geeks excited.  The "experimental" browser on previous models was sufficient, in a pinch, to check a Wikipedia entry, but anything more ambitious was a recipe for headaches.  A video comparison between Kindle 2 and Kindle 3 by The Kindle Chronicles, though, shows what a step up there's been.

Video head-to-head testing after the cut

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Amazon will replace Kindle 2 screens for free

Amazon will replace Kindle 2 screens for free

As you've probably heard by now, Amazon has come under fire recently for the screens on the Kindle 2. Apparently, they've been cracking left and right and Amazon was requiring people to pay a $200 replacement fee to have them fixed.

But a $5 million class action lawsuit brought up yesterday against the company seems to have done the trick, as Amazon has just announced they'll be repairing Kindle 2 models for free. Well, replacing is more the right word.

The Amazon Kindle 2 currently costs $299, so a $200 replacement fee was rather outlandish, especially for what seems to be a design flaw--not carelessness by Kindle owners. But it looks like everything is solved now.

Amazon Kindle 2 drops to $299

Amazon Kindle 2 drops to $299

Amazon have slashed $60 off the price of their Amazon Kindle 2 ebook reader, pulling the device to $299 for the first time.  The move is being seen as a response to a growing number of ebook reader rivals, though admittedly none have the same wireless distribution network in place that Amazon have organized.

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Kindle 2 web-browsing over USB

Kindle 2 web-browsing over USB

The Kindle 2 may present itself as a straightforward way to read ebooks, but delve under the cover and there's a tweak-friendly debug mode waiting to be tinkered with.  New Kindle 2 owner Jesse has been looking through, and came across a new USB networking facility that wasn't present on the original Kindle; with that, he's managed to surf the internet on the ebook reader without using its in-built 3G.

Amazon cave: Publishers can disable Kindle 2 text-to-speech

Amazon cave: Publishers can disable Kindle 2 text-to-speech

After incurring the wrath of the seemingly ever-furious Authors' Guild, Amazon have backtracked on the Kindle 2's text-to-speech functionality by giving publishers, not users, the right to decide whether an ebook is read out loud or not.  While still maintaining that the feature is legal, Amazon suggest that rightsholders will "be more comfortable with the text-to-speech feature if they are in the driver's seat."

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