Beyond that, the specs say that the device can be stored at temperatures upward of 14 degrees. That might be as generous as saying it works above freezing. We had a couple of cold days in NYC a week ago, one with temperatures in the 20-30 degree range. I knew better at this point than to try reading on my Kindle, but I did have it in the back pocket of my backpack while I was walking around. Come Tuesday, I couldn't get the battery to fully recharge. The charging light would stay on and on and on, and within five minutes of starting to read the device went from having four battery charge lights (of 4) to being down to 3. After a couple of days the battery unfroze and has been charging and drawing down as it's supposed to.
I've already gotten used to the fact that I have to adjust my reading for the possibility of rainy weather, but for the next two months it looks like I'm going to have to spend a lot of time planning around having a useless piece of plastic in just about any outdoor waiting situation. I'm not happy about this, and I think it's a significant enough issue that Amazon may want to reconsider its official specs for the device and maybe be a little more forthright about discussing weather issues in its marketing. This would not be a good holiday gift for your friends in Wasilla.