Alright, the biggest news this week has got to be none other than the release of the bigger Amazon Kindle DX. By bigger we mean a 9-inch display for your e-book reading pleasure. Many has predicted this to happen as early as Monday. And expectedly there was pandemonium in the tech blogosphere as soon as Amazon’s official release statement came out. But while everyone is going crazy (or not) about the new Kindle DX, somewhere at the sideline, Sony almost unnoticingly announced that it was making some Danielle Steele romance titles on their own e-book reader. Let’s take these two news items separately. First, what’s new with the Kindle DX aside from a pretty obvious bigger display screen? According to Amazon, there are 7 more enhancements to the Kindle, these are the following but three of them are the most important and these are the following:
- new built-in PDF reader – I got to admit, this is the most important enhancement that Amazon has made to the Kindle. You can forget about the remaining six new features. This feauture is definitely enough reason for you to buy the Kindle DX. And I couldn’t help but commend Amazon for doing this despite the fact that it may lessen their e-book sales. Why? Because this would mean that users can now simply load e-boooks in PDF format into the Kindle 2 without needing to purchase from the Kindle Store.
- larger display – Kindle Dx’s surface is now 2.5 times bigger than the previous Kindle. This makes more room for graphic-rich content ideal for reading newspapers and magazines, and textbooks.
- bigger memory capacity – Kindle DX can now hold up to 3,500 books with a 3.3 GB memory. And if you purchase Kindle books from Amazon you can extend this further by reloading it wirelessly with new titles without losing your previous purchased since Amazon automatically backs them up.
The other four new features of the Kindle DX are thinner form factor, free 3G wireless connectivity, synching with Kindle for iPhone, and the massive selection of books, magazines, newspapers and popular blogs.
Now if you’re still not convinced whether you want to buy the Kindle DX or not, here are some coverages that might help you decide: