Amazon has announced the launch of the Kindle DX, a 9.7 inch wireless reading device. With a display two and one-half times larger than the Kindle or Kindle 2, the DX version may just be the next iPod in the world of technology.
While the smaller Kindle versions have enjoyed market success, the DX model may very well take the Amazon Kindle franchise to the next level. With the larger screen, we may start seeing the Kindle DX at work and at school. As a viable alternative to paper copy, Kindle has the potential to significantly reduce our demand for paper and the manufacturing process that goes into books, magazines and newspapers. In fact, it was the newspaper market that in part propelled the development of the Kindle DX in the first place.
Kindel DX Features
- Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines
- Carry Your Library: Holds up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents
- Beautiful Large Display: 9.7″ diagonal e-ink screen reads like real paper; boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and sharp images
- Auto-Rotating Screen: Display auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the device so you can view full-width maps, graphs, tables, and Web pages
- Built-In PDF Reader: Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your personal and professional documents on the go
- Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle DX, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, no annual contracts, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
- Books In Under 60 Seconds: You get free wireless delivery of books in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
- Long Battery Life: Read for days without recharging
- Read-to-Me: With the text-to-speech feature, Kindle DX can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book’s rights holder made the feature unavailable
- Big Selection, Low Prices: Over 275,000 books; New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are only $9.99, unless marked otherwise
- More Than Books: U.S. and international newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, magazines including The New Yorker and Time, plus popular blogs, all auto-delivered wirelessly
Can the Kindle DX Reduce Costs and Increase Productivity?
For commercial applications, the real test for the Kindle DX is whether and to what extent it can reduce costs and increase productivity. The potential cost benefits are obvious. By reducing the demand on paper, printing and copying, companies can reduce operating costs.
The real test of the larger Kindle is whether it can increase productivity. The promise of computers reducing our demand for paper has proven false. Indeed, if anything, computers have increased our demand for paper. As much as we read online, when it comes to newspapers, magazines and many other publications, we still much prefer to read the old fashioned way. Can the Amazon Kindle DX change all of this?
Potentially, yes. The smaller Kindles have a screen that is remarkable unlike a computer screen. There’s no back light, often leaving you wondering just how the characters are rendered on the screen. The result is a very easy to read display. Add to that the larger screen of the DX, and we just might find the new Kindle popping up in all kinds of places.
I had the Kindle 2 on the list for Father’s Day. In fact, it was the only item on the list, a fact which I’ve made clear to my wife and children. Now it’s the Kindle DX that’s on the list. Here are some more pics: