Photos, details of big-screen Kindle emerge

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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    • _Sigma
    • 14 years ago

    I was kinda thinking coffee spill, etc.

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 14 years ago

    I need proof. Buy one and post video. Also check to see if it is re-usable.

    • Farting Bob
    • 14 years ago

    Well you could, but it would add up to be the most expensive toilet break youve ever taken.

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 14 years ago

    Maybe the fact that you can’t wipe your butt with the Kindle if you are stuck out in the woods.

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 14 years ago

    Learn to chew with your mouth closed or buy the extended warranty.

    • Scrotos
    • 14 years ago

    And all the soy-based ink rubbing off onto your fingers?

    Blah.

    • ludi
    • 14 years ago

    Old excuse: My dog ate my homework.

    New excuse: My dog thought my touch-screen Kindle tasted like bacon. I probably shouldn’t have been studying while eating breakfast an hour earlier.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 14 years ago

    A commentary on this announcement said that hardware with longer-term subscription a la cell phones is a likelihood. There’s still something about print on paper that I like though, probably the simplicity.

    • valrandir
    • 14 years ago

    With the costs of printing and distributing newspapers (the paper kind, nevermind the carbon footprint of killing trees and burning the coal or oil printing on and moving said dead trees), I’m surprised the NYT doesn’t /[

    • _Sigma
    • 14 years ago

    Now all it needs is a touch screen so I can make annotations to the text, highlight certain areas of a text book, etc. Oh and spill resistant so when I’m eating around it (3am redbull fueled study session), I don’t wreck it.

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