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Official launch day for the DX is today with shipments going out later this month

Many traditional print publications are looking to digital formats as a way to survive the economic recession and the increased cost of printing and delivering print editions. Several of the largest print newspapers in the world see large screen digital readers like the Amazon Kindle as the answer to the falling subscribers and revenue.

Amazon announced the Kindle DX in early May and began accepting pre-orders right away. As close as the e-tailer would come to a specific launch date at introduction was "this summer." As it turns out the launch date for the device is today and it is available now on the website with a ship date of June 17.

The Kindle DX came shortly on the heels of the launch of the Kindle 2. The DX sports a large 9.7-inch e-ink display that can display 16 shades of grey at a resolution of 1200 x 824. The DX is 1/3 of an inch thick and measure 10.4-inches x 7.2-inches x 0.38-inches.

Internal storage for the device is 3.3GB giving enough room for 3,500 books. Amazon still hasn't detailed exactly how long the battery is expected to last in the device. Just like the original Kindle and the Kindle 2 after it, the DX offers free EVDO connectivity to allow downloading of books anywhere.

The DX carries a retail price of $489. College student looking to start next year will like the fact that the top five textbook publishers in the country are also providing textbooks in digital versions. If the digital versions cost less, the savings could pay for the Kindle. Few college students would prefer to carry round a bag full of books as opposed to a thin and lightweight Kindle DX.

Amazon also has an agreement in place with The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post that allows subscribers to get lower priced subscriptions to the newspapers for longer terms in exchange for a lower price on the Kindle DX. Exactly what the lower price is or how much the subscriptions cost is unknown.

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By mpc7488 on 6/11/2009 1:55:50 PM , Rating: 2
Few college students would prefer to carry round a bag full of books as opposed to a thin and lightweight Kindle DX.

I'm not arguing that the Kindle isn't a cool device, but this statement is a stretch. Most college students I know highlight and take notes in the margins, as well as flip rapidly through pages when trying to locate information.

Again, not saying the Kindle isn't cool and some college students won't enjoy it, but making a blanket statement like this without any statistics is a stretch.

RE: textbooks
By Oregonian2 on 6/11/2009 2:55:09 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not arguing that the Kindle isn't a cool device, but this statement is a stretch. Most college students I know highlight and take notes in the margins, as well as flip rapidly through pages when trying to locate information.

You can do those things in a kindle. You can highlight passages, you can add-in notes, and you can use SEARCH functions to find things in text (as well as having a pop-up dictionary). And it'll save those notes/etc on Amazon's servers if one so chooses so they don't get lost.

RE: textbooks
By mpc7488 on 6/11/2009 3:41:02 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm - I didn't realize that, that is kind of compelling!

RE: textbooks
By brandonicus on 6/11/2009 11:21:42 PM , Rating: 2
After hauling around $500 worth of books every semester the idea of a kindle replacing textbooks is a nice idea...that is, until you have an open book exam.

RE: textbooks
By Oregonian2 on 6/11/2009 11:53:00 PM , Rating: 2
Things may have changed since I was a college student (been a while), but way back then, I recall "open book tests" to be ones where they're only teasing you. Having the books there open really didn't help unless one already knew the material such that one didn't need the books (95% of the time) and that one didn't have time to look anything up anyway. At least most of the time.


RE: textbooks
By chrnochime on 6/14/2009 9:59:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yes you're pretty much spot-on with that description of open-book exams. The exams are usually difficult enough such that flipping through books doesn't really do much. You either know how to answer or you don't. I guess they do it to give students a false sense of security. I mean if you know where to look in the book, than you already know the material well enough to solve the problems anyway...

By bhieb on 6/11/2009 1:16:27 PM , Rating: 5
umm you obviously don't understand eink technology. Once the page is painted it draws no power. You can sit it down and leave it there for days and the page will stay there. The only thing on the device that draws power is the wireless (which you turn off when not using) and the painting of the screen when you flip a page.

For a college kid who also needs a laptop to take notes, I agree. It really is a device for readers. My wife reads 2-3 books a week and loves hers. She can read thousands of pages without ever charging it, and she can do it over the course of days if not weeks.

By MozeeToby on 6/11/2009 2:20:50 PM , Rating: 3
You forgot to mention that the eInk is not backlit, making it much easier to read for long periods of time than LCD screens. It also comes with free internet access (limited to text only I believe) and is a completely different form factor than a netbook (slab vs clamshell).

By Oregonian2 on 6/11/2009 2:47:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, for it's intended purpose, a Kindle completely decimates a notebook/netbook. Not even close.

The eInk is indeed excellent to read upon as well as consuming no power at all while it displays a page (unlike LCDs which only go into lower power mode when it goes black -- not easy to read). Kindle battery lasts a week or two on a charge, not a hours.

Not to speak of the FREE 3G data cellphone built in (no service contracts whatsoever).

I've only a K1 that was given to me as a birthday present. My mind was completely changed about it once I saw and had one. A rather severe change in opinion.

By rs1 on 6/11/2009 4:15:27 PM , Rating: 2

No. I don't want to have to pay an extra $40+ each month for cellular Internet access for the netbook. In fact, when you consider the fact that with the kindle your network access costs are covered for life, $500 is a pretty good deal. It pays for itself after the first year.

By inighthawki on 6/11/2009 12:47:52 PM , Rating: 2
If it weren't for the large price tag of $489 i would definitely think about buying one of these. I don't enjoy reading novels or anything, but i do have a lot of programming and textbooks in pdf form that i would love to be able to take with me and read without purchasing or accessing a real hard copy.

RE: Price
By FITCamaro on 6/11/2009 2:03:20 PM , Rating: 2
I read a lot and it'd be nice to have one but $500 is a bit hefty. Will have to ask for one for Christmas or my b-day one year.

RE: Price
By Oregonian2 on 6/11/2009 2:52:24 PM , Rating: 2
Funny thing is that there are advanced articles about ones that are $1K and higher that are presented as ones that will "beat the Kindle". :-)

I got mine (a K1) last November as a birthday present from my mother who got excited about it watching it on Oprah (and she got the Oprah $50 off coupon). So it CAN happen, and she's a semi-Luddite too (she wouldn't use one but she thought it great for me). :-)

The DX's large screen might be nice for some uses, but I like my K1 for the portability, while the 6" screen still marginally acceptable in terms of having enough of a book on the screen for reading continuity, the DX is a bit big.

Shipped on June 10, NOT June 17
By Dave M on 6/11/2009 1:17:54 PM , Rating: 3
I already received an email from Amazon that my Kindle DX has been shipped and will arrive on June 12. I preordered.

People who mention netbooks as an alternative miss the point of an ebook reader. I don't want to spend 3 consecutive hours reading on a computer screen. It would kill my eyes. Reading on my iPhone is bad enough. I have a 1st gen Kindle already and it is great for reading. Sure, not everyone can afford it.

The Kindle also has a free data plan. How much would I have to spend to remain connected with a netbook, that I wouldn't want to read books on anyway? Netbooks are great, but I don't hammer with screwdrivers. Netbooks are poor replacements for books. This is due to physiology -- how our eyes work.

By Deinonych on 6/12/2009 12:27:42 AM , Rating: 2
My preorder will arrive tomorrow (June 12) as well. It looks like the June 17 date is for general release.

I'll wait
By dondino on 6/11/2009 4:32:42 PM , Rating: 2
I'm waiting for the Kindle DX2-66 myself ... ;)

RE: I'll wait
By Visual on 6/12/2009 3:13:14 AM , Rating: 2
yeah that will be sweet... though it might be too fast for you if you are a slow reader. you might have to turn off the turbo button on some books.

Already shipped
By Oregonian2 on 6/11/2009 2:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
Some folk on a kindle mailing list I'm on have already gotten notification-of-shipment and tracking numbers for their Kindle DX units. So it seems they're already "in the mail".

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