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kindle-dx-2[UPDATE: Analysis of why the Kindle DX might be perfect for business school here]

In a news conference today, Amazon announced a larger screen kindle that will also have several partnerships with universities and newspaper companies.

Available for pre-order NOW for $489. No delivery estimate yet except that it is Summer 2009, but apparently sometime soon.

Jeff Bezos started with some general info about the Kindle.

Kindle has available 35% of all books that Amazon sells and they have added 45,000 new books in the last 3 months. They’ve started at the head (with the books people actually want to read) vs. the free / out of print books that others have added.

kindle-dx-3Features:

The display is 2 and a half times the size of the Kindle 2. Built in PDF reader, no need to pan, zoom, scroll etc.

9.7-inch display with auto-rotate, 3G wireless, 3.3GB of storage, native PDF support, $9.99 or less NYT bestsellers, no wireless contract

Auto Rotate: Automatically switch between portrait and landscape modes.

Kindle DX has reached agreements with three leading textbook publishers: 60% of higher education textbooks will be covered. Pearson, Cengage Learning and Wiley.

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Idea is to have students with smaller backpacks, less load, easier access.

Schools trialing the device: Arizona State, Case Western, Princeton, Reed College, UVA – Darden

Kindle device trials with New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe – beginning this summer.

NYT, Boston Globe and San Francisco Chronicle are on board: they will offer reduced prices with long-term subscription commitments.

NYT chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. called the Kindle DX an “experiment” and made a remark about offering discounted kindle plans where paper delivery is not available: haa..

There were also some hiccups when the camera kept showing a unreadable mirror image of the kindle on the screen for a while.

I know this is very expensive (I was hoping a device in the same price range as the Kindle 2, but that’s probably wishful thinking). I have been waiting for this for a while, my pre-order is in! The $49 case seems like a LOT though.

Anyone else think this is the perfect way to keep all the course documents and cases organized with hopefully some heavy discounts on business school texts?

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Images and information courtesy of Engadget and Gizmodo.

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According to those in the know at both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times a larger screen kindle is about to be announced by Amazon this Wednesday (a lot sooner than I expected them to). This should be a standard letter paper (8.5 x 11) sized reader, still featuring a gray scale display I think. I know we would like to see a color display but price at the current point in time probably stops that from being a reality.

Amazon has called a mysterious press conference in New York for Wednesday which will almost definitely result in the announcement of a larger screen reading device. It seems the pitch is more towards newspaper companies, focusing this as a chance for the dying paper business to make a revival. At least that’s what the NYT (which is partnering with Amazon for this initiative) seems to believe.

The WSJ article focuses on the textbook aspect, citing the CIO of Case Western regarding a trial of the large screen kindle textbooks that will happen at the school this fall. The textbook trial will also involve six universities, Case Western, Pace, Princeton, Reed, Darden School at UVA, and Arizona State.

It’s good to see Darden in the trials, suggesting that textbook publishers for business books are on board with the plan.

Wednesday’s press conference will be at Pace as well and will apparently include NYT publisher Arthur Sulzberger on stage with Jeffery Bezos.

I’m excited!

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