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King, of the Kindle 2

urStephen King fans will be happy to learn that his newest story, Ur, is now available for pre-order. The catch is you can only get in on the new Amazon Kindle 2, at least for now. King’s novella actually features the electronic reading device, a new version of which becomes available through Amazon.com on the 24th of February.

At the center of Ur is lovelorn college English instructor Wesley Smith, who can’t seem to get his ex-girlfriend’s parting shot out of his head: “Why can’t you just read off the computer like the rest of us?” Egged on by her question and piqued by a student’s suggestion, Wesley places an order for a Kindle. Smith’s Kindle arrives in a box stamped with the smile logo and unlocks a literary world that even the most avid of book lovers could never imagine. But once the door is open, there are those things that one hopes we’ll never read or live through. (Photo courtesy StephenKing.com)

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The sleek new Amazon Kindle 2 takes electronic reading to the next level with its text-to-speech feature, dubbed Whispersync, which allows the device to read aloud in an electronic voice without losing its place. In fact, with the new Kindle 2 you can  access downloads on any of your own Kindle devices without losing your place (much like listening to a book via iTunes).

Additional features include its light weight (10.2 ounces), thin design (just over 1/3 of an inch),16 shades of gray for improved customizable display, 25% longer battery life, 20% faster page turns, storage capacity for over 1,500 books and 3G wireless connection.

Designed by Jeff Bezos’ brother-in-law in his spare time, the Amazon Kindle 2 comes with a $359 pricetag, but you might have to stand in line (figuratively speaking) to get it; current Kindle owners get bumped to the head of the wait list if they order now. (Photo courtesy Amazon.com)

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