Amazon is to launch a thinner and more responsive version of its Kindle e-book reader in two months' time, according to reports.
A Bloomberg report citing two people familiar with the plans said that the device will have a more responsive screen and a sharper picture.
E-books will be made to look more like their paper equivalents, the report said, and the device will boast faster page turning technology.
Industry commentators have said that the next version of the Kindle will include touch-screen technology. Such speculation was given further weight when Amazon bought touch-screen start-up Touchco in February and started incorporating the technology with the Kindle hardware division.
However, the Bloomberg report said that neither touch-screen nor colour capabilities will be included in the slimmer Kindle edition, although other reports, referencing a black edition of the Kindle seen in a Seattle coffee shop, have disagreed.
Analyst firm Forrester estimates that the Kindle currently holds about 60 per cent of the US e-book reader market, but a major point with the iPad and the Sony e-book reader is their touch screens.
Amazon released the first edition of the Kindle in November 2007, and the Kindle 2 went on sale in February last year.
The company released a free e-book reader application for the iPad on Friday, offering Apple fans access to hundreds of thousands of books. Amazon claimed that the application will complement the Kindle reader.
Amazon could not immediately be reached for comment.
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