The Kindle 2 is out. Well, it will be on February 24, 2009, anyway. The nice folks at Amazon have announced the new and improved version of the Kindle, their ebook reader, with a sleeker look, longer battery life, and even a Text-to-Speech option (so your ebook reader can actually read to you). Amazon even makes it easy and effortless to purchase electronic versions of books with a built-in free 3G Wireless access to Amazon’s servers.

Definitely worth checking out if you want to save trees and don’t mind inconveniencing a few innocent electrons. Amazon boasts upwards of 230,000 titles available for download, so there’s sure to be something to please every imagination.

Even though the official release date isn’t until February 24, you can take a sneak peek and even pre-order right now.