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Amazon launches 9.7-inch Kindle DX

updated 10:50 am EDT, Wed May 6, 2009

Amazon Kindle DX

Amazon as promised announced the Kindle DX, its extra-large version of its e-book reader. The device centers on a 9.7-inch, 824x1200 E Ink display that both provides a larger view of newspapers and other articles but is pitched as particularly well-suited for periodicals, textbooks and other large documents: a built-in accelerometer lets it tilt on its side to view charts and other information better-suited to a landscape view. Native PDF support is equally new and lets owners view many documents without having to convert them through Amazon's e-mail service.

The DX doubles the internal storage to 4GB, enough for 3,500 books, while keeping the free 3G access for downloading books through the Kindle store and for using the experimental web browser or subscribing to pre-formatted blogs.

Amazon plans to sell the Kindle DX later this summer for $489 and has landed a deal with major textbook makers Cengage Learning, Pearson and Wiley to supply digital textbooks in a Kindle-readable format. Arizona State, Case Western Reserve, Pace University, Princeton, Reed College and the University of Virginia Business School are also trialing the Kindle DX as an option for students. Newspapers are also making inroads with the Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post all planning to offer discounted, long-term subscriptions for their Kindle newspaper editions. The Times in particular will itself offer the Kindle DX to readers who can't subscribe to the paper edition.

The Kindle 2 will remain on sale at its normal $359 price.







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  1. barryjaylevine

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    Kindle DX - Greyscale. :(

    Amazon is asking us not to let the good be the enemy of the mediocre. I'll wait for what Apple releases this summer.

  1. barryjaylevine

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    Kindle DX - Greyscale. :(

    Amazon is asking us not to let the good be the enemy of the mediocre. I'll wait for what Apple releases this summer.

  1. carloblackmore

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    Joined: Dec 2005

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    Apple style images

    How interesting that they completely ripoff Apple's style of imagery - using the nice clean look of someone's hands (always light-complexion) holding up the product on a stark white background.

  1. midtoad

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    fugly

    just as fugly as the original, but the large screen will be welcomed by many.

  1. JeffHarris

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    Cheapskates

    RAM is cheap. 4GB is a joke.

    They should make this thing capable of playing music, too. Not that it would make me want to buy one.

    I just don't see the Kindle going very far or lasting very long. It's just too limited and already seems kind of dated.

    Yeah, let's see what Apple releases.

  1. webb3201

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    Joined: Nov 2001

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    Niche at best?

    Great for the textbook market, but I can't think of any other reason to buy this device. It won't help presentation of newspapers and certainly won't add much to a reading experience (other than a lot more bulk to carry around).

  1. slapppy

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    Stupid product

    Almost 500 for this huge black and white device. It doesn't even provide a multitude of usefulness?

  1. Constable Odo

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    Joined: Aug 2007

    +1

    I'm waiting to see.

    the Apple color version that does everything: Video, games, music, apps, etc.

    Still, if I were a student on a budget I'd happily use this larger display Kindle. It really seems like it would be rather useful as a substitute for textbooks. I wouldn't mind throwing all my older Japanese language books and a couple of dictionaries on that Kindle. Be nice if it could run a flash card program.

  1. carloblackmore

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    Pace University included?

    Bezos said only 5 universities were piloting the Kindle - where did you get that Pace University was also included?

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -6

    so

    When Apple has a low market share or makes a product that fits a niche, the Mercedes/Ferrari/BMW arguments come out about how they just want to fill a niche and their happy with that.

    But someone else comes out with a product that fills a niche, its a joke, or won't be around long, or gets complaints about it being a niche product.

    Friends of mine have one, and they love it.

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