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Amazon.com Unveils Kindle DX

Mike Musgrove

Ending what might have been the tech world's most poorly kept secret this week, Amazon.com unveiled a new version of its Kindle reading device this morning.

The new version, called the Kindle DX, has a 9.7 inch screen, much larger than the current generation of the wireless book reader, and is priced at $489. The company has generally been mum about sales figures of the smaller Kindle 2 device, which was released last year and costs $360.

Amazon, and, ahem, a few of the companies partners are hoping that the device will appeal to students, who will be able to download textbooks onto the device, and newspaper readers craving a larger screen on which to read articles.

Amazon is debuting the device with three newspaper partners: The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. Each newspaper will offer the device at a discount to readers who live in areas where home-delivery is not available, in exchange for long-term subscription commitments.

Five universities will be trying out the device on their campuses: Arizona State, Case Western Reserve, Pace university, Princeton and the University of Virginia.

At a press conference in New York City held at Pace this morning, chief executive Jeff Bezos said that book sales for the Kindle device account for 35 percent of sales, for the 275,000 titles available for the device.

The press conference isn't even over, but I'm seeing a bit of a trend in the early rounds of headlines announcing the news. Tech site CNET has "Is Kindle A Newspaper Savior? Not Quite." PC World, on the other hand, is going with "Why Kindle DX Won't Save Newspapers."

Any kindle fans out there want to weigh in with their opinions of the new device?

By Mike Musgrove  |  May 6, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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