Today's the day you can pre-order your new Kindle DX,
the latest generation of Kindle readers by Amazon. The only question
you'll have, providing you have the spare change to pay for it, is how
many books, blogs, textbooks, and newspapers you want downloaded to it.
The much hyped Kindle DX has some neat new features for those who want to upgrade, but for Kindle newbies, the DX will be really impressive. The Kindle DX has a whopping 9.7" screen with 16 colors of grey, and 7 font sizes, so images are nice and crisp and reading vision is accommodated.
Right now, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is talking about the New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post being among the accessible papers. Beyond newspapers though, are the textbook giants going Kindle.
Some textbook companies have already signed up to download their required reading, and Bezos is clearly putting his efforts into getting more of them aboard. Downloading textbooks will save students about half the cost of their hard cover text book fees. Though larger than the 6" screen on the Kindle 2, the 9.7" Kindle DX only weighs a little over 10 ounces, so students may be able to ditch those old heavy backpacks one day soon.
The DX Kindles have a slightly different look than the earlier models; the keyboards are more compact. Like the iPhone, the Kindle DX now has the Auto-Rotating Screen, so it turns your page in the direction that you're holding the device -- a bonus for newspaper readers. The battery now lasts for up to 4 days on one charge, and there's more storage too... 3,500 books! Imagine, carrying around 3,500 books and they only weigh 10 ounces! And with the text to speech feature you can have every one of your books read to you by the Kindle, or you can switch from one format to another. Of course, the downloaded books are cheaper than hard back books and much cheaper than audio book versions.
What would I advise? Find the Kindle DX 9.7 and check it out; definitely, check it out! If you have the spare change for the Kindle DX, you will probably save money in the long run, but you will definitely have more fun reading!
Update: Please check out the comparison review of the Kindle vs Nook vs Sony e-Reader.