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Is the Kindle 2 about to make its debut?

New version to make e-books look like real books

Amazon Kindle DX

Amazon will neither confirm nor deny that it is to unveil a new version of its Kindle e-book readers later this summer.

The world’s largest online retailer and maker of the Kindle and Kindle DX e-books is refusing to comment on media reports that it is planning to introduce a thinner device with a more responsive and sharper screen in August.

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According to media speculation, Amazon’s Kindle 2 will not include a touch screen or colour, but will allow users to download books and newspapers instantly. The delay during page turns will also be shortened.

The Kindle 2 will employ electronic ink rather than a backlit screen to come closer to the effect of a printed page.

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Currently, Kindle devices use a black and white screen that mimics the appearance of paper. The new version will have a sharper contrast that makes e-books look more like real books, according to media reports.

An Amazon spokesperson said the company would not comment on forthcoming developments.

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