NEW YORK--Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the much-anticipated large-screen Kindle e-reader in a lecture hall Wednesday at the downtown Pace University. Called the Kindle DX, the new device is geared toward readers of personal and professional documents, newspapers, and magazines--and textbooks, a potentially huge target market.
The debut of the bigger Kindle wasn't exactly a secret: rumors of a larger-screen Kindle had been around for quite some time, and concrete reports began to surface earlier this week.
According to Amazon's Kindle DX page, the device has the following:
A 9.7-inch display with 16 shades of gray. (The standard Kindle has a 6-inch display.)
Capacity to hold up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents.
An auto-rotating screen to show either portrait or landscape views.
A built-in PDF reader.
3G wireless network support with no monthly fees or annual contracts.
Battery capacity to "read for days without charging."
Text-to-speech abilities to read publications aloud.
Several of those features are shared with the current Kindle 2, but several are unique to the Kindle DX: the native PDF reader that doesn't require the files to be converted, the rotating display, the 3,500-publication capacity compared to 1,500 for the Kindle 2, and of course the larger screen. … Read more