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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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