Larger-screen Amazon Kindle may launch this week


— 10:58 AM on May 4, 2009

Just three months on from the launch of the second-generation Kindle, Amazon may be preparing yet another wireless reading device. This time, though, the firm will be targeting a different type of content.

Quoting "people briefed on the online retailer's plans," The New York Times says Amazon could introduce a Kindle variant with a bigger display "as early as this week." Rather than e-books, that version would be designed with newspapers in mind. The Times itself and other news organizations will reportedly be involved with the launch.

Amazon already offers subscriptions to many major U.S. papers for the existing Kindle. However, the device's 6", 600x800 display more closely resembles traditional book pages than newspaper pages. The display on the newspaper-friendly version could be more like an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper—that's the screen size Plastic Logic will offer on its upcoming e-reader, and both companies use displays from E Ink.

According to the Times, the newspaper and magazine industries hope devices like the rumored supersized Kindle and Plastic Logic Reader will help revive their withering subscription businesses.

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