Amazon Kindle 2 gets battery boost

Amazon has increased the battery life of its Kindle 2 ebook reader by a whopping 85%, thanks to a firmware update. The catch - first-generation Kindle

Amazon has increased the battery life of its Kindle 2 ebook reader by a whopping 85%, thanks to a firmware update. The catch - first-generation Kindle owners aren't invited to the party.

The update is now available wirelessly, or for manual download from amazon.com, for all Kindle 2 and DX units. The better battery life means you can read for up to one week on a single charge with wireless enabled, and two weeks disabled.

You also get a manual screen rotation option to switch between landscape and portrait views, and the option to convert PDF files to the Kindle format.

First-generation Kindle owners will have to twiddle their thumbs until Amazon decides to update their firmware. Maybe they could read a book to kill the time?