Amazon Kindle 2 Event: Liveblog Archive

We're inside the Morgan Library, where Amazon is unveiling the the Kindle 2 right now.

8:32 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Is this thing on? Hello?

8:57 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Hii there. We're one of the first people here, chilling (most literally) outside the Morgan library.

8:58 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Supposedly they're not gonna open the door until 940 so a few people are whining they're cold. It's not even actually freezing, people.

9:09 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
It's still cold, and they're still not letting us in, even though this guy's face is planted ont he glass peering in

9:13 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
We're talking about Kindle on the phone with josh from engadget and michael gartenberg. Consensus: not what they want to do, but think it'll happen.

9:17 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
I would love some mor coffee right now. I hope stephen kong is here

9:22 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Apparently wearing palm hats is cool again

9:23 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
I mean Stephen king, but I'd settle for Kong.

9:25 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
What's your magic price for the kindle? I think $288 sounds pretty good for us nerds.

9:27 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
It's getting pretty cozy now, they don't even have to let us in. Of course, that could the warm fuzz of frostbite.

9:32 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Wouldn't it be cool if whispernet 2.0 was powered by fairies? Invisible ones?

9:37 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Doors are open, the crush is on!

9:53 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:

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We're in!

9:56 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Jason Chen:

9:56 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Okay, we're inside a theater that's like 3 stories underground, like a fallout shelter, but with red velvet seats.

9:58 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:

Amazon Kindle 2 Event: Liveblog Archive



House fillin'.

9:59 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
They're showing quotes from famous, like, writers, I think. Maya Angelou, anyone know her?

10:00 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Apparently I'm very popular, all kinds of people asking to sit next to me. It must be my schnazzy new shirt, though it's not quite as schnazzy at Josh from Engadget's red pants.

10:00 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Madonna is apparently a famous person of letters as well.

10:01AM AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:

Amazon Kindle 2 Event: Liveblog Archive



Check out this dude's steadicam rig.

10:02 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
On the projector, by Ezra Pound: "The book should be a ball of light in one's hand." Maybe the new Kindle GLOWS IN THE DARK.

10:03 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
I'm sitting between some European it seems. Their accents sound smart. They would probably love the Kindle, since I bet they read books.

10:05 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:
Euros down here in the photo pit too!

10:08 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Madonna likes books more than sex, incase you were interested. But is a Kindle more like a book or more like... well, discuss in the comments on the liveblog post.

10:10 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Jason Chen:

10:13 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Jeff bezos on stage, says kindle books more than 10 percent of their ebook sales

10:15 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Talking about original kindle

10:17 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Minister reading wedding vows on a kindle, must be marrying nerds.

10:18 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
kindle 2. Leaked sots were real. .36 inches thick. 25 percent thinner than iPhone

10:19 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
New five way controller. Can use device with either hand. Latest eink. 16 shades of gray. 7x storage. 25 percent longer battery, 2 weeks of reading.

10:21 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Whispersync. Sync between kindle, kindle 2 and other wireless devices. Multiple locations. Wow, new display is kind of beautiful for being b&w

10:22 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Oh yeah, 20 percent faster page turning. Five way controller lets you skin easier. Pushing down while reading paper goes to section list. Flicking important new gesture for navigation.

10:25 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Completely new feature, pulling up Gettysburg address, changing the font size. Text to speech. It READS out loud to you. Sounds like robot voice, men.

10:26 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:

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10:27 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:

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10:27 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
By men, I meant "meh.". It's really unnatural. I would not have it read bed time stories to your kid.

10:28 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:

Amazon Kindle 2 Event: Liveblog Archive

10:28 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Video of people loving on the new kindle, which, for record, is kindle 2, no caps.

10:30 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
This video is about two minutes too long.

10:31 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Demo stations will be here, so we'll have hands on. Stephen King is here, yes!

10:34 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
He's talking about how much he's always loved kindle. Says that writing a story is sometime an excuse to write a certain scene. Got a kindle tow rite a story about the kindle, ha.

10:36 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:

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10:37 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:

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10:38 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:

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10:39 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
He's going to read us some of his kindle story, which he wrote in January, and you could download three days ago.

10:41 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
The protagonist gets yelled at because somebody doesn't understand the Kindle is for BOOKS. Or something like that.

10:43 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
The kid apparently still visits the local bookstore before turning to the amazon kindle, made by amazon, where he can download books from amazon, because the feels sorry for the dusty old bokstore. Subtext: amazon is the new temple of literature, suck it paper.

10:45 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:

Amazon Kindle 2 Event: Liveblog Archive

10:45 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
It's like a Socratic lesson: old dude questions kindle, young dude schools him. Subtext: even old people should get a kindle, suck it paper. And this isn't even kindle 2! Thank you Stephen King.

10:46 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:

Amazon Kindle 2 Event: Liveblog Archive

10:47 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Stephen King ahs a one of a kind pink kindle. Wooow

10:49 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
Book is called Ur, pre-order today only on kindle.

Giz is on kindle starting today! Yay! So is USA today.

10:50 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
$359, preorder today, ships feb. 24. Kindle 1 owners who preorder tonight get first crack. Demo time!

10:55 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
Mahoney:

Amazon Kindle 2 Event: Liveblog Archive

11:20 AM ON FEB 9 2009:
matt:
If you couldn't tell, we're hastily assembling our hands-on impressions, which you can check out right here.