Amazon Kindle DX


Update: It looks like Pace University is going to be the sixth University for the pilot program.

Amazon announced a larger Kindle DX e-book reader today. Features include:

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
  • 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

You can also find a summary of the press conference where the Kindle DX was announced at TechCrunch. Some interesting facts are:

  • When a book title has a Kindle Edition, 35% of the book sold go to the Kindle
  • Three textbook publishers are partnering with Amazon to distribute through the Kindle (Pearson, Wiley, and Cengage Learning)
  • 5 Universities (Arizona State, Princeton, Reed, University of Virginia, and Case Western Reserve) are also participating in a pilot Kindle project
  • The New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe will have discounted subscriptions for the Kindle DX in exchange for a long term commitment
  • Native PDF support (before you had to convert to a proprietary format)

The native PDF support would be big for libraries and reading journal articles and such. I can also see this being used for course reserve textbook (if the textbook is available) as it would make it easier to keep up with newer editions of textbooks. I also wonder if this would be cheaper sometimes for InterLibrary loan (i.e. buy a book on the Kindle instead and loan out the device). Lots of possibilities, but I am still not sure if Amazon has an official policy for Libraries lending out Kindles. Tinfoil+Raccoon has a blog post about trying to get Kindles for the library.

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One response to “Amazon Kindle DX

  1. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your preference. In the middle of a great book or article but have to jump in the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen on the go.

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