Wednesday, May 06, 2009

More Details on Amazon's New Kindle Announcement

Supposedly the new Kindle will have a 9.7-inch display, support PDF files (something I've been wanting for a long time), and have a better built-in browser. The press event is scheduled for 10:30 AM EST today.
The upcoming Kindle, now known as the Kindle DX, will pack a full-featured 9.7-inch electronic ink display, 5-way navigation button and a QWERTY keyboard into its large white housing. It basically looks like the designers took a Kindle 2 and stretched its screen from 6 inches to 9.7 inches, and then squished the keyboard in the process.

The new Kindle DX will reportedly feature an improved web browser, the ability to add annotations in addition to notes and highlights and a long awaited native PDF reader. In addition to newspaper and periodicals, the Kindle DX is designed to support textbooks and, according to the Wall Street Journal, a special edition packed with pre-installed textbooks for chemistry, computer science and a freshman seminar is being released as part of a college trial.
More details in the Wall Street Journal. James Kendrick also shares his thoughts.

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