Photos, details of big-screen Kindle emerge

— 11:29 AM on May 5, 2009

Amazon really does look set to release a new Kindle with a bigger screen this week. Engadget has posted a series of (blurry) photos showing the new digital reader, and it's shared a few accompanying details.

This "Kindle DX" will supposedly have a 9.7" display—up from 6" on the current Kindle—a built-in PDF reader, and "the ability to add annotations in addition to notes and highlights." Amazon has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow at 10:30 AM EDT, as well, and that's probably when the device will launch.

Rather than books, Amazon will apparently focus on newspapers and textbooks with this new model. Engadget expects the New York Times to offer a $9.95-a-month subscription for the Kindle DX (down from $13.99 a month for the current Kindle), and it says the president of Case Western Reserve University will take the stage alongside Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos tomorrow. Reportedly, students at Case and "five other universities" will get Kindles with "pre-installed textbooks for chemistry, computer science and a freshman seminar."

These reports are all missing one key detail: pricing. Considering the current Kindle 2 already costs $359, the larger variant will probably carry a higher price tag.

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