So! New Kindles this year? No. Hell no. Quoth Amazon Chief Spokesman on the possibility of Kindle 2.0.
“Don’t believe everything you read,” Mr. Berman said. “There’s a lot of rumor and speculation about the Kindle. One thing I can tell you for sure is that there will be no new version of the Kindle this year. A new version is possible sometime next year at the earliest.”
Crunchgear’s John Biggs has already begun his self-flagellation and brine baths. As well he should. You fooled us all, Mr. Biggs. Shame!
But it’s just as well, really. The old Kindle hasn’t even penetrated outside of America yet. And while a rumored 260,000 units have sold, and that’s swell, it’s also hardly gangbusters. Amazon should take their time, work out the cell contracts necessary to release a new Kindle in Europe, shore up their 1st Gen Kindle numbers and take their time on a less ghastly design. The world can wait for Kindle 2.0 until 2009… especially Kindle 1.0 early adopters.