Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon.com is all set to unveil a newer version of Kindle e-book reader which would boast a larger screen to impress newspaper and academic text book publishers. The new Kindle DX’s display would diagonally measure 9.7-inches (current model has a 6-inch display). It is said to have a built in PDF reader, ability to add annotations, notes and highlights along with a full functional web browser. The web browser in the current Kindle is tagged experimental for some reason.
Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland will be experimenting with the new Kindle by giving the e-book reader to some students pre-installed with chemistry, computer science and a freshman seminar. They’ll then compare the experience with students who use traditional textbooks. Pace, Princeton, Reed, Darden School at the University of Virginia, and Arizona State are also involved in the latest Kindle project.
To back this rumor, Amazon has sent invites for a press event to be held somewhere later today at Pace University in New York City. Few notable newspaper and magazine publishers like New York Times and Time Warner will be attending the press event as well. So ideally speaking, Amazon will unveil Kindle DX today!
Kindle for textbooks and newspaper sounds like a fabulous idea. Its greener compared to traditional newspaper or textbook publishing. But in the end, it all comes down to whether the consumers will adopt it.
Update: Engadget has some leaked pictures of Kindle DX, have a look at it.