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Updated Amazon Kindle DX will ship later this month.

The Amazon Kindle eReader has proven to be a massive hit for the company and helped to jump start the now booming eReader market. Over the holiday season, the Kindle was one of the most popular sellers on

Amazon first announced the larger screen Kindle DX in May of 2009. The DX offered a larger 9.7-inch display and offered the same wireless connectivity that the original, smaller screen Kindle. The Kindle DX first started shipping in June of 2009. Amazon announced today that it has updated the Kindle DX with wireless connectivity that will work worldwide.

Other than the updated wireless connectivity, the DX is the same as the previous model. The specifications include a 9.7-inch auto rotating display with 16 shades of gray. The new DX has an integrated PDF reader, 3.3GB of memory, and features adjustable text size. The new DX version with global wireless will be offered for pre-order starting today and will ship on January 19 for $489.

“Kindle DX is great for personal and professional documents, cookbooks, and textbooks – anything that is highly formatted. Documents look so good on the big Kindle DX display, that you’ll find yourself changing ink toner cartridges less often and printing fewer documents,” said Ian Freed, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Now Kindle DX with Global Wireless lets customers enjoy the ease of Whispernet wireless delivery of books, newspapers, magazines, blogs and documents while traveling in over 100 countries worldwide.”

The new global wireless DX will replace the existing models. This may be a good time to buy the older DX versions if you only need wireless service in the U.S., presumably they will be discounted ahead of the new model release if any are left after the holidays.

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Nice gadget, good tool?
By Smartless on 1/6/2010 1:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
Since I don't own one, I wonder if you could receive a pdf from say a client, than mark it up with comments, and send it back. That would be way too awesome. That would rank up there with that thing they put around cups of coffee so you don't burn your hands.

RE: Nice gadget, good tool?
By Levish on 1/6/2010 1:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
I believe you can, but to recieve said PDF's over the built in service there is some data charge, I forget what it is exactly

I owned a Kindle 2, I sold it off when I saw that it is incapble of resizing PDF fonts. My pdf ebooks were nearly unreadable even in landscape mode. Hopefully the updated DX (and the Kindle 2) gets that working.

RE: Nice gadget, good tool?
By Oregonian2 on 1/6/2010 2:56:17 PM , Rating: 2
That sounds like a situation that calls for the "old fashion" Kindle solution of converting the PDF into one of the Kindle-1 (what I have) formats (that the Kindle 2 uses as well). Amazon will do conversions as well as it being doable using free software applications such as mobipocket creator (or perhaps Calibre). The resultant converted version would have the text fontsize modifiable. PDF's, being "structured documents" may not be allowed to change fontsizes on purpose (by a reader device).

RE: Nice gadget, good tool?
By RabidDog on 1/6/2010 1:41:35 PM , Rating: 2
That's one of the features. You give your client your e-mail address, and the PDF shows up shortly there after. The only caveat is that you may need to 'approve' the sender.

RE: Nice gadget, good tool?
By LANDRY1986 on 1/6/10, Rating: -1
RE: Nice gadget, good tool?
By spread on 1/7/2010 12:56:01 AM , Rating: 3
I'll take a handbag please.

who needs kindle
By samtor on 1/6/2010 2:38:55 PM , Rating: 2
kindle is one purpose device
who needs it?

RE: who needs kindle
By Oregonian2 on 1/6/2010 3:03:59 PM , Rating: 3
Anybody who likes to read books.

It may do only one thing, but it does it VERY VERY well, much better than multi-purpose devices.

I used to agree with your view (and I've got iPods, etc, etc -- I'm an electronic toy person) but when I was given a Kindle-1 as a birthday present, my opinion of it switched 180 degrees within five minutes of having one, and I now adore the device incredibly.

It REALLY is worth it for anybody who does any significant amount of book reading (which, btw, will increase a LOT once having a Kindle). It's both amazing and a great surprise. It's the eInk display that really sets it apart.

RE: who needs kindle
By cyberguyz on 1/7/2010 9:42:13 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know about you, but I have several bookshelves full of books. Some of those books are over 20 years old. A device like this that can store several hundred books is very seductive to me not only in space savings (no bookshelves needed), but handling (no hunting for an elusive paperback in a stack of a couple hundred).

The only downsides I can visualize is the possibility of technology changes (technology never stands still) making kindles devices or books I invest in today obsolete and unusable in 10-20 years. I would sure as hell hate to spend a couple thousand US$ on e-books only to have them unreadable in the kindle v10 I buy in 2020. Also -- Lithium polymer batteries have a limited life span. Can you change the batteries on these? How much are they?

Bad move Amazon
By sandhuatdt on 1/6/2010 2:14:37 PM , Rating: 2
As a DX owner, I feel cheated. Just within a few months of buying, Amazon offers better hardware for same money. It would've been alright if Amazon was just the hardware seller and I could roll my own software but Kindle is a service, not just a piece of hardware. Bad bad Amazon.

What the......
By AstroGuardian on 1/8/2010 4:21:04 AM , Rating: 2
490$? For that? I could buy two netbooks for that price. Never going for the DX

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