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Amazon discontinues the Kindle DX
October 17, 2012 | 7:35 pm

Amazon Kindle DX discontinuedThe eBook Reader blog reports that, after first marking it down from $379 to $299, and not updating it for years, Amazon has quietly removed the Kindle DX from its Kindle family listings. It is now only available via third-party merchants, and there is no sign of any possible replacement. It didn’t seem to me that there ever really was that much of a market for the DX. It was too big to be easily pocketable the way the smaller readers are, and too monochrome to be desirable for displaying things like textbooks. The Kindle Fire HD will boast the same...

Amazon still selling refurbished 2nd-gen Kindles
September 9, 2010 | 8:15 am

kindle2a[1] On CNet’s “Crave” gadget blog, David Carnoy points out that Amazon is still stocking “refurbished” units (possibly just leftover new units) of the 2nd-generation Kindle and Kindle DX at $159.99 and $289.99 each. The question is, whether these units are worth the price. There is only $40 of difference between that refurbished 2nd-gen and a new 3rd-gen device, and the screen improvements are probably worth that. And the model with the better screen and wifi only is $20 cheaper. The price difference between the older and newer $359 DX is a bit higher at $70, but again...

More tips on using the Kindle 3; making Kindle 3 text like that on the Kindle DX
September 7, 2010 | 7:25 am

 Be sure to read the first Kindle 3 Tips and Cautions blog article here. The picture on the left is of my white-bezeled 6" Kindle 3 next to the Graphite 9.7" Kindle DX. The Graphite DX does have a slightly greener tint under certain lighting, but a touch of green can make an image look brighter. Here's the larger image.  Following the larger version is a second, closer shot of the text of both. Further on down the page, I have a tip to get the Kindle text to a closer match with the DX...

Quick Note: Amazon sale on 2nd generation Kindles
August 6, 2010 | 9:25 am

quick note.pngJust got an email from Amazon saying that second generation Kindles are on sale. The Kindle DX goes for $299.99 and includes free 2-day shipping The Kindle global 3G goes for $169.99...

Macworld reviews the Kindle DX Graphite
August 3, 2010 | 12:07 pm

567657_g1.jpgAnd they quite like it , too. It gets 4 out of 5 mice. Here's a snippet: What a difference a display can make All it took was turning on the $380 Amazon Kindle DX (Graphite) second-generation large-format e-reader to see that Amazon’s claims of a higher-contrast display than its predecessor were true. The E-Ink display indeed reflects a significant improvement in contrast, as evidenced by the clarity of the crisp text, and the darker blacks of graphics and words alike. The blacks, in fact, truly look black; by comparison, the blacks on the original Kindle DX appear dingy and...

Amazon to fight iPhone via phone-enabled Kindle? Why the mike in the K3?
August 1, 2010 | 7:14 pm

Amazon video - NOT impartial review Did Amazon tuck away a microphone in the Kindle 3 with the idea of adding a phone option later, not just for possible fun with a voice navigation option? That’s my guess, after having read Andrys Basten’s mention of the “’not currently enabled microphone provided for future use.’” A phone option for the Kindle would be Jeff Bezos’s way to weaken the iPhone’s multi advantage. Yes, maybe just one gizmo to tote after all---the K machine rather than an iPhone. Perhaps you would pay extra for a wireless connection that worked with the phone. Presto! New...

Amazon’s me-first ‘tude against ePub: Time for librarians to spank Jeff Bezos if he won’t play well with others
July 30, 2010 | 12:40 am

image OK, gang. Parse this exchange between USA Today reporter Edward C. Baig and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, amid the ballyhoo for the third-generation Kindle: Q: Why doesn't Amazon support the popular "e-pub" standard used by your competitors and many libraries? A: We are innovating so rapidly that having our own standard allows us to incorporate new things at a very rapid rate. For example: Whispersync (which uses wireless connections to sync your place in a book across devices) and changing font sizes. Other standards over time may incorporate some of these things. But we're...

Kindle 3 pre-orders tomorrow, ships internationally 8/27
July 28, 2010 | 8:16 pm

kindle-front---graphite (Spotted by eagle-eyed TeleReader Felix Torres!) First it was the markdowns on the Kindle 2, and the even lower markdowns on refurbished Kindle 2s. This should have been an early clue, given that it’s much the same thing that happened to the Kindle 1 shortly before the Kindle 2 came out. When the Kindle 2 went out of stock on Amazon, it seemed obvious a replacement would be coming soon—and now the Wall Street Journal is covering Jeff Bezos’s next e-ink marvel. Engadget has a closer look at the device (and a bigger version of the...

Cheapie Android tablets: Are libraries planning ahead for them?
July 25, 2010 | 9:44 am

imageImagine---under-$100 tablets for libraries. Suppose they can display public domain books and other free content and run library e-book apps from companies such as OverDrive. That day isn’t here yet. But it’s fast approaching. Who says iPads, Kindles, Nooks and Sony Readers will be the only games out there? The eight-inch Android tablet shown to the left sells now for $143.10 at Amazon. $100 in a year or so? With better than the current 800-by-400 resolution? And more than one user review at Amazon, so a purchase is less of a gamble? You can even plunk down $124...

Laptop reviews the Kindle DX (2010)
July 23, 2010 | 7:15 am

amazonkindledx_15g.jpg Laptop has a multi-page review of the new DX. They like it, but don't feel that it has a robust enough feature set for students. Interestingly, they have a comment on screen that I haven't seen before: Looking at the cover of N. K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms on both devices, the DX's version was definitely darker, but appeared muddier to our eyes rather than having better contrast....

Geeky screensavers for your Kindle DX
July 19, 2010 | 4:11 pm

071910-geeky-screensavers.jpg A reader named Will posted a link in the Screens page to a handful of DX-friendly screensavers hosted over at Picasa. If you’ve read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, played Portal, or watched Futurama, you will likely be interested. If not, carry on. Kindle Screensavers by William [Picasa Web Albums] Via Chris Walters' Kindlerama...

Photo comparison of new Graphite DX vs a good older DX
July 10, 2010 | 10:59 am

dxsdiff1a.jpg New Graphite DX alongside Older White DX This photo is from the Amazon's Customer Images area and is taken by D. Meador. Here's a link to the specific image which is 130k in size. I had to make it smaller for the blog and for the loading time of the Kindle Edition of this blog. It's a good illustration of the subtle differences in background lightness being more evident when you can see where the lighter aspects come through in a much more intense way, as in the white that you can see within the dark area of the...

Kindle DX2 review video
July 8, 2010 | 10:15 am

kindledx-ship_eUdz8QB2T._V188847473_.jpgAmazon Kindle review has some videos of the new DX2 in a review they have just done. Here's just a few of their thoughts on the new unit: It’s beautiful. 40% better contrast than the Kindle DX. At least it seems that way to me. It doesn’t really seem like 50% better contrast plus graphite casing. It is however very, very noticeable and much better than the Kindle DX’s screen. 25% better than my Kindle 2 Global’s screen. The screen on that was very good so the difference doesn’t seem as stark as with the Kindle DX. The background is pretty...

Jakob Nielsen’s e-reading speed study isn’t the final word: Only one iPad reading app tested — and the Kindle E Ink tech isn’t the latest, or the screen the largest
July 4, 2010 | 3:17 pm

image Jakob Nielsen, the Web usability guru, is a hero of mine in many ways. Bow toward Fremont, California, or wherever he works these days, the next time a struggling e-newspaper iinflicts a horrid full-page ad on you with “Skip this” in tiny type. Those are hate crimes against readers: the stuff Nielsen preaches against. Kudos to him! Nielsen’s latest e-book-related study, however---comparing reading speeds for the iPad, the Kindle and paper publications---means little in the long term. He seems to imply as much when he says the results are “promising for the future of e-readers and tablet computers,” even though the paper...

E Ink announces next generation display
July 1, 2010 | 11:55 am

miranda-main-slate._SX320_SY240_CR0,0,0,0_V190536887_.png.jpegFrom their press release: E Ink® Corporation, the leading developer and marketer of electronic paper display technology, today announced the Q2 release of its next generation display technology, Pearl. With Pearl, E Ink expands the capabilities of reflective displays, bringing electronic paper performance to the next level. With the whitest reflective displays in the industry, and a contrast ratio now approximately 50 percent greater than today’s products, text on Pearl “pops” from the page, enabling a reading experience most similar to reading text on printed paper. ... Images and text become crisp on the screen as the contrast between the background and...

Amazon introduces new, less expensive Kindle DX
July 1, 2010 | 3:42 am

1358259c-0972-4109-a438-b96384aa1a28Amazon finally seems to have noticed that its $489 Kindle DX is still overpriced compared to the iPad. It is coming out with a new model, with 50% improved contrast and a graphite rather than white body. The 9.7” e-ink display and 3G wireless remain otherwise the same, but the price is falling $110 to $379. The new Kindle DX will ship July 7th, but Amazon is taking pre-orders now. If you were considering buying one of those $350 DX refurbs we mentioned earlier, you might want to think again....

Quick Note: Refurbished Kindle DX US for $350
June 30, 2010 | 5:00 pm

quick note.pngAmazon Kindle Review is reporting that the DX can be had for $249, but I just checked and its being listed at $350 (actually $349.99). Still a pretty good deal considering the list price. Here's the Amazon link....

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