Kindle Reader Technical Specifications

This describes the Amazon Kindle Reader Technical Specifications.

  1. $99 Kindle Touch Technical Specifications at Amazon.
  2. $79 Kindle Reader Technical Specifications at Amazon.

*Older Version of the post.

The Kindle 2.0 isn’t released yet – when it is I’ll update this to reflect the specs of both versions. For now, this has the technical specifications for the Kindle Reader. At the bottom of this article is a table that lists all details. The ones of interest are -

  1. Kindle Reader has an eInk screen that is 600 by 800 pixels. It’s a 6″ diagonal E-Ink® electronic paper display, with a resolution at 167 ppi, 4-level gray scale.
  2. Battery Life: Leave wireless on and recharge every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage. Charge Time: Approximately 2 hours
  3. USB Port: USB 2.0 (mini-B connector) to optionally connect to a PC or Macintosh computer
  4. Audio: 3.5mm stereo audio jack, rear-mounted mono speaker.
  5. 1 year limited warranty and service. Also, you can return your Kindle for a full refund within 30 days.
  6. Kindle runs on the Linux kernel.
  7. The kindle reader come with 64MB Ram, a 256 MB internal storage of which only 180 MB is available and can hold about 200 books.
  8. The eReader has an SD card slot and 4GB SDHC cards have been shown to work.
  9. Kindle eBook Reader supports 4 ebook formats – Kindle format .azw, Plain Text .txt, and unprotected MobiPocket i.e. .mobi and .prc. The Kindle also supports audible audiobook files .aa, and .mp3 files.
  10. The music player plays files in random order.
  11. Amazon Whispernet uses Sprint’s EVDO network to provide wireless delivery of books and free internet access.
  12. Very lightweight – 292 grams. Weight: 10.3 ounces.
  13. Compact Size – 19.1 cm height, 13.5 cm width, and 1.8 cm thickness. Size (in inches): 7.5″ x 5.3″ x 0.7″.

This video from amazon shows and describes the Kindle Reader well -

In summary, the Amazon Kindle eBook Reader is an impressive device. Please do your research before buying a Kindle.

Detailed Technical Specifications Table for the Kindle Reader -

Manufacturer Amazon.com
Carrier Flag of the United States Sprint
Available Flag of the United States November 19, 2007
Screen 600×800 px,
167 ppi resolution,
15cm diagonal,
19.1 × 13.5 cm,
4-level grayscale
Electronic paper,
LCD side scroller.
Operating system Linux (2.6.10 kernel). The device runs on a modified version of Linux based on the 2.6.10 kernel.
Input QWERTY keyboard,
select wheel,
next/prev/back buttons.
CPU Intel PXA255.
Memory 64 MB RAM,
256 MB (180 MB available) internal storage,
SD expansion slot.
Complete back up archive of all purchased material archived on Amazon Cloud.
Networks Amazon Whispernet.  Wireless Connectivity to the internet with an experimental browser.
Connectivity EVDO/CDMA AnyDATA wireless modem, USB 2.0 port (mini-B connector),
3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, built-in speaker,
AC power adapter jack.
Battery 3.7V, 1530mAh lithium polymer, BA1001 model. Edit: A full day battery backup, in case of wireless usage while with no wireless, the battery can last for a week. Charging time is two hours.
Physical size 19.1 × 13.5 × 1.8 cm
Weight 292 g
Media capabilities Kindle (.azw),
Plain text (.txt),
Unprotected Mobipocket (.mobi, .prc),
MP3 (.mp3),
Audible (.aa).
Reference Wireless Access to Wikipedia and an in-built dictionary.

36 Responses

  1. I want to use a Kindle in the sauna. Does it work at temperatures that high?Does it affect the performance? Materials?

  2. Bob – I have no idea. You might want to contact Amazon customer suort to check.

  3. Will the Kindle ever support PDF files? It doesn’t seem to say anything about that in the specs

  4. Using the Kindle 2, can I take selected pages and print them?

    • Conrad, Kindle only supports PDF conversions, and given that PDF support hasn’t been added in the 1.5 or so years the Kindle and Kindle 2 have been out, there’s little chance extensive PDF support will be added anytime soon.

      Steven, you can highlight parts of pages and then transfer the My Clippings file to your PC and print it. However, there is a limit to how much of a book you can highlight. So you can’t really take selected pages and print them.

  5. I want to take my Kindle overseas to countries with 250v power–can I charge the Kindle I purchased in the US there?

    • yes. you will need a physical adapter to match whatever design of plugs they use. however, the kindle’s power adapter works worldwide as long as a physical plug adapter is used.

  6. Does Kindle provide spoken word output for eBooks? Also what is the largest print size available? I am visually handicapped and have a Mac.
    James Garber
    507 319 5547

    • James, Kindle provides spoken word output for books when publishers haven’t disabled the feature. Text to Speech is also enabled on all your personal documents and documents you convert to kindle format.
      Largest print size is 20 pt in word – Please see the Kindle Font Sizes post.

  7. I have a question. Does the kindle or other reader have the capability of keyword search? I am putting together a reference book. I need to know whether these readers can search the text for a specific word.

  8. I understand Kindle will read an e-book out loud assuming the publishers haven’t disabled the feature. How can I tell if the text to speech has been disabled prior to buying the book?

    • Miriam, the information is on the product page at Amazon.com.
      Just below the prize there are three little lines of text which indicate what devices the book is available on (usually all the ones that have Kindle Apps and Kindle) and whether Text to Speech is enabled or not.

  9. What is the difference in Kdndle white or black?

    • Kindle black is the Kindle DX 2 – please see Kindle DX 2 video post for details.
      Kindle white 9.7″ screen is Kindle DX. Please see Kindle DX Review.
      Kindle white 6″ screen is Kindle 2. Please see Kindle 2 Review.

      Kindle black has the new eInk Pearl screen that’s much clearer than the previous one (50% better screen contrast). It has a graphite casing. It’s a tiny bit faster to use and page turns are slightly faster. It shows images better.
      It should be clear from the videos.

  10. Question on Kindle.

    I use Microsoft Excel to record all my thoroughbred handicapping data. Can Excel worksheets be transferred from a laptop to kindle for easy transportation to the track or casino.

    • You can carry files on the Kindle – yes, definitely. Just save the Excel file in your Kindle’s main directory or in a directory on Kindle you create.

      You won’t be able to access them on the Kindle. If you want them to be accessible on Kindle you have to export the Excel file as PDF or text. If you saved an Excel file and also did ‘Save as’ and chose PDF or Txt you could transport them via Kindle and also look at them on the Kindle.

  11. What are the differences between the Kindle and th
    Pandigital Novel?

    • Don’t know anything about the Pandigital Novel. Quite frankly you’d be much better off picking something reliable like iPad or Nook. Don’t even know if Pandigital is a company.

  12. With kendle do you have to pay a subscription like a cell phone bill or just purchase the books off of the wifi from your home wireless router?

  13. Can you download ebooks on the kindle if you live in Paris ,France.

  14. I have a lot of technical papers in PDF format on several thumb drives: so, Does the kindle handle USP memory drives? Will it ever?

    • It doesn’t. You can use a PC. Plug Kindle and USB drive both into a PC and it’s a folder to folder transfer.

      will it ever support USB drives?
      No idea.

  15. Does the Kindle have different screen contrasts to read in the dark for example? or would i need to buy the cover with the light?

    • Sandra – for the dark you would need a reading light or a light bulb or the kindle cover with reading light or the Kindle clip-on reading light.

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