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kindle-dx-2-2009-05-04_22-17-39-rm-eng_2Engadget has managed to get a hold of what is believed to be pictures and specs of the new larger screen kindle.  Apparently the Kindle that will be released tomorrow will be targeted towards the education crowd, will include a 9.7 inch display, a built in PDF reader and the ability to make better annotations, all absolute requirements for a student.

It remains to be seen how accurate these “leaks” are, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is pretty close.

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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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