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A new bigger, pricier Kindle

Category : Journalism, Technology ยท by May 6th, 2009

I love my Kindle. It really is a great machine. The Kindle 2 made all the right changes to the original Kindle, which is why I forked out a hefty $359 for it. It contains literally thousands of books – which has completely changed my reading habits (more reading, less lugging around of books). It is glorious and if you are a serious book reader you should invest in it.

Not so sure at the moment though about a new Kindle that Amazon just announced – the Kindle DX. It’s the same as the Kindle 2 but with a much bigger screen – just a little smaller than a magazine. I get the logic straight away – a bigger screen is much, much better for reading on. Particularly if you are reading PDF documents or magazines. It doesn’t matter with books – you want something you can shove in your bag and pull out.

But clearly Amazon has found out that alot of people are using their Kindle to read documents – probably work documents – on a device that doesn’t have a backlit screen and which doesn’t require you booting up a computer. I can see the logic, although I’ve not go into this habit yet.

Waiting for a colour screen

However, coming in at $489, that is asking a hell of a lot. And it’s still a black and white screen. I think the Kindle DX may be what the original Kindle was to the Kindle 2 – a terrific prototype demonstrating its value and worth. I’m not going to get one – but I see why people might.

Now if the DX had a colour screen… Well, when that day comes – and it surely will – then I may well find I have a travelling Kindle and a home Kindle. I have got so used to reading on an electronic device that I think I would find it pretty easier to dump the physical magazine for a large, colour Kindle.

You have to love Amazon for this. They really are doing great work at making ebooks not only a reality but a very attractive alternative.


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