"great potential, but just can't handle academic work"2.5 starson by erleellis
Pros: Nice screen, quite reasonable for reading pdfs.
Cons: 1) no touchscreen.
2) no useful way to manage large numbers of pdfs- a basic requirement for academic work.
3) no wifi.
Summary: I'm a university professor and have been experimenting
with the DX since Friday. This device really has the
potential to be a powerful and ubiquitous academic
tool- it really is possible to read academic PDFs on
this device- the mainstay of academic work.
But I must emphasize the word "potential"!
While all of the issues highlighted in this review
heavily degrade the academic utility of the DX (nice
review!), there is an even bigger problem, at least
for upper level undergraduates, graduate students,
postdocs and professors:
The Kindle offers no way to organize the thousands of
journal article and book chapter PDFs that are the
bread and butter of academic work. We are left with
only a list of thousands of titles or authors, often
incorrectly scanned from the pdfs. There is no way to
use folders, pages of tags or any other efficient and
effective way to manage the large numbers of academic
pdfs that are required to make a "paperless" academic
If no workaround becomes or will become available
(I've emailed Amazon about this- still awaiting a
reply), I will be forced to return the Kindle DX by
the end of the week- it just can't do what it needs to
do to justify owning it.
Amazon- are you listening?