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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