Stephen King wrote a story called UR that is available only on the Kindle. King said that he was initially said no to writing a story but then he thought it was a way he could write a specific scene.
Paraphrase of what King said about story:
My wife likes to say that lobster is an excuse to eat butter. For me, sometimes, writing a story is an excuse to write a certain scene. Wanted to write a scene about the phenomenon of reading off a computer and the crisis point that at least the press has made between print media...and the evil Kindle.
UR by Stephen King
The Kindle 2 is now on the Amazon website. There is a video at Amazon that discusses the Kindle 2.
One of the new features is text to speech for all books on the Kindle.
Why people will read e-books
Just because e-books are available on better (the new Kindle) and more (all cell phones) devices doesn't mean people will read them. But mark my words, read them they will. Six trends will conspire over the next year to drive e-book reading to levels that will surprise just about everybody.
Full article here.
More electronic books are coming to mobile phones.
In a move that could bolster the growing popularity of e-books, Google said Thursday that the 1.5 million public domain books it had scanned and made available free on PCs were now accessible on mobile devices like the iPhone and the T-Mobile G1.
Also Thursday, Amazon said that it was working on making the titles for its popular e-book reader, the Kindle, available on a variety of mobile phones. The company, which is expected to unveil a new version of the Kindle next week, did not say when Kindle titles would be available on mobile phones.
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Mark your calendars, e-book fans: Amazon.com will introduce the next generation of its popular Kindle reader in New York City on Feb. 9.
The company sent out e-mail messages Tuesday announcing a news conference on that date at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York. Amazon.com confirmed that its founder and chief executive, Jeffrey P. Bezos, would host the event.
Amazon would not comment in any more detail about the coming announcement, but the Kindle’s detail page on Amazon.com tells the story. It now says the electronic book reader will ship in four to six weeks. It previously suggested a wait of 11 to 13 weeks.
The device has been out of stock since November, after Oprah Winfrey touted it on her show. The announcement seems to confirm our suspicions that the original Kindle has been obsolete since that time and that everyone who purchased the device over the holidays from Amazon.com — or put their name on a waiting list — will receive the newer version