Amazon discontinues the Kindle DX
October 17, 2012 | 7:35 pm
The 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 screen size, but in color—just right for textbooks, magazines and other large-page applications. And at $299 for the 16GB Special Offers version, it will cost the same as the Fire’s sale price.
It seems as though e-reader momentum is starting to shift toward tablets, especially for larger screens. As I mentioned in my last piece, they might not do e-book reading as well as e-ink devices, but they beat the heck out of them as generalists.
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