Thursday, May 7, 2009

Amazon Announces Kindle DX

I love it when I get things right! That's probably because it doesn't happen nearly often enough when it comes to technology predictions. However, this one I have to celebrate.

Amazon has announced the Kindle DX, a larger screen and larger footprint device to be on the market this summer. It has a 9.7 inch diagonal screen, holds up to 3,500 books, and the screen auto-rotates (like the iPhone and iPod Touch). The price will be $489 which some may find a bit steep, but Amazon knows what the market will bear. The company is currently taking pre-orders. My only complaint is lack of an SD slot. My first generation Kindle has one and I use it to store soothing music so that I can have some nice background tunes to read by.

Here is the whole run down from Amazon:

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

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