As mentioned on Monday, Amazon just released a new, larger Kindle titled the Kindle DX. The DX features a 9.7″ screen that is two and a half times the size of the regular Kindle. The DX is optimized for reading PDFs, newspapers, and magazines. Otherwise it behaves exactly like the regular Kindle.
This is an interesting venture for Amazon. As Melissa’s Kindle DX First Impressions article at PC World points out, the DX is an, “…expensive proposition that will make consumers think hard about buying one. But it is also a highly targeted device that can benefit from this broadening of its scope.”
Here are a few other details about the DX.
- Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines
- Carry Your Library: Holds up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents
- Beautiful Large Display: 9.7″ diagonal e-ink screen reads like real paper; boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and sharp images
- Auto-Rotating Screen: Display auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the device so you can view full-width maps, graphs, tables, and Web pages
- Built-In PDF Reader: Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your personal and professional documents on the go
- Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle DX, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, no annual contracts, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
- Books In Under 60 Seconds: You get free wireless delivery of books in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
- Long Battery Life: Read for days without recharging
- Read-to-Me: With the text-to-speech feature, Kindle DX can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book’s rights holder made the feature unavailable
- Big Selection, Low Prices: Over 275,000 books; New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are only $9.99, unless marked otherwise
- More Than Books: U.S. and international newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, magazines including The New Yorker and Time, plus popular blogs, all auto-delivered wirelessly
Pre-order a Kindle DX
The Kindle DX is scheduled to be released this summer. To reserve your place in line (orders are filled by first-come, first-served), click here to pre-order a Kindle DX today.
Those who wished the Kindle screen was a little bigger to make it easier to read newspapers and magazines may be getting their wish this week. According to Gizmondo and All Things Digital, Amazon is prepared to announce “…a new large-format device that’s optimized for reading newspapers and magazines.”
To me, one of the appealing things about the Kindle is its small size. Is there really a market for a Kindle with an extra large screen?
Personally, I think this is a bold move on Amazon’s part. In a time where everyone is trying to make the smallest, thinnest, lightest gadget, they are taking a different route to mimic the large feel of a magazine or newspaper. It’ll be interesting to see how this new, larger Kindle is accepted. It’ll be even more interesting to see how grandpa tries to roll it up to fit it inside his robe.
As a new parent, this past Easter reinforced my belief that traveling with kids during the holidays is tough. The amount of stuff we have to carry around from place to place has easily tripled.
Being the gadget hound that I am, I had to make sure that I still had my own toys with me, in addition to all my son’s toys as well. As I was getting my stuff together, I realized I had several books and a small pile of magazines that I would typically cram into my already overstuffed backpack.
As my wife and I were setting up our own Kindles, my wife realized that she couldn’t remember her Amazon account information, much less if she even had an account (I know, shame on her!). I told her to try and use my account information and it worked fine.
Upon signing in to my Amazon account I realized that there were some advantages to having both Kindle units registered under the same account. Not only are your orders and other information kept in one central location, but you can seamlessly share books and other content between each Kindle.