Amazon.com, Inc.announced two new enhancements to
the latest generation Kindle—85 percent more battery life and a native
PDF reader. Kindle now has battery life of up to seven days even with
wireless turned on, a significant improvement from the previous battery
life of four days. Battery life with wireless turned off remains at the
previous level of up to two weeks. Battery power management for portable
wireless devices is a complex technical area, and the battery life
improvement announced today is the result of a six month firmware
improvement and testing program.
Amazon also announced today that the 6-inch Kindle now has a built-in
native PDF reader that enables Kindle customers to read professional and
personal documents in their original PDF format without conversion.
Kindle is in stock and available for immediate shipment .
“Kindle, already the #1 bestselling, most wished for, and most gifted
product on all of Amazon.com, is now even better—with 85 percent more
battery life and a built-in PDF reader,” said Ian Freed, Vice President,
Amazon Kindle. “These two significant enhancements are available now.”
To read their personal or professional documents, Kindle customers
simply email PDFs to their Kindle email address or move them over using
a USB connection. Customers that prefer to have their PDF documents
converted to the Kindle format simply type "Convert" in the subject of
the e-mail when sending documents to their “@kindle.com” address.
Amazon also announced today that previous purchasers of the new Kindle
will also receive the 85 percent battery life improvements with wireless
on, and native PDF support via a firmware update automatically delivered
via Whispernet wireless. Native PDF support will also be available for
some earlier versions of Kindle via an automatic Whispernet wireless
About Amazon Kindle
Kindle is the revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads
books, magazines, newspapers and personal documents to a crisp,
high-resolution 6-inch electronic ink display that looks and reads like
real paper. Kindle utilizes the same 3G wireless technology as advanced
cell phones, so users never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. Kindle is
the most wished for, the most gifted, and the #1 bestselling product
across the millions of items sold on Amazon.