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Old 05-06-2009, 11:58 AM   #16
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according to gizmodo's live blog,

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three textbook publishers on the hook with 60 percent of the higher education textbook market: Pearson, Cengage Learning and Wiley.
if the prices aren't too outrageous this could be pretty huge for students.
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:59 AM   #17
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Does it have a way to input books other than their proprietary whispernet, e.g. an SD card slot or USB port?
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:59 AM   #18
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:59 AM   #19
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it will be tried out in 5 universities :

Arizona State, Case Western, Princeton, Virginia and Reed College.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:00 PM   #20
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New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe will be piloting a Kindle DX this summer at a reduced price in exchange for long-term subscriptions.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:01 PM   #21
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This summer, three newspaper are piloting Kindle DX with reduced price in exchange for long-term subscriptions : NYT, WaPo and Boston Globe
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:02 PM   #22
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It doesn't look like it has an SD card.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:03 PM   #23
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http://s3.amazonaws.com/kindle/KindleDX_Users_Guide.pdf
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:05 PM   #24
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It doesn't look like it has an SD card.
But it does come with 4 Gb.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:05 PM   #25
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No ePub support.
Looks like the supported ebooks formats are:
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Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
Notice the placement of the semi-colon! It separates natively supported from supported through conversion, but .epub is surprisingly missing for a future defacto standard! Shame on Amazon for this omission!
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:05 PM   #26
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I think this is important:

Kindle DX will be released this summer. Pre-order Kindle DX now to RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN LINE. We prioritize orders on a first come, first served basis, and we will notify you via e-mail when we have an estimated delivery date

first come, first served ... I hate that sound.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:06 PM   #27
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New things from the manual:

Your Choice of Number of Words per Line
You can also change the number of words per line in the book or periodical
you are currently reading. Press the Text key , move the 5-way controller to
choose the number of words per line you prefer and press the 5-way to select. This
changes the width of the margins. You may find you read faster with fewer words per
line. Experiment to see what works best for you.

Note - You cannot change the number of words per line in PDF files or in Basic Web.

Adjust Screen Rotation
The Kindle DX screen image can also auto-rotate to match the way you are holding
your Kindle so you can see the entire width of a web page or magnify the page of a
PDF file. The screen changes automatically when you rotate your Kindle from portrait
to landscape or vice versa. Or, you can lock your screen to a particular orientation to
fit your reading position. Press the Text key , then move the 5-way controller to
select the screen rotation you want. Press the 5-way to select.

Also, the next page and previous page buttons are *only* on the right side!

Tip: Want the Next and Prev Page buttons on the left? Simply rotate the device 180
degrees so that the buttons are on the left side.

3.6 Reading PDF files
Your Kindle DX is able to display most PDF documents.

When your Kindle is held in portrait orientation, PDF documents are displayed in
their original layout and fit the entire screen of the device. White margins of PDF
documents are automatically cropped to maximize the amount of content shown
on the screen.

In landscape orientation, Kindle automatically magnifies your document to fit the
width of the screen to improve readability.

A black outline defines the limit of the page of the PDF document.

In both portrait and landscape orientations, the bottom of the screen shows how far
you have read in a particular item as a percentage, and displays the current page
number, as well as the total number of pages of the current document.

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Old 05-06-2009, 12:10 PM   #28
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I think lack of ePub is only going to do ALL OF US a disservice as it helps to push PDF as an eBook format. Amazon should be ashamed of themselves.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:10 PM   #29
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"Audiobooks

With Kindle DX, you are able to download and enjoy more than 60,000 audio titles from Audible.com, including bestselling audio books, radio programs, audio newspapers and magazines. Due to their file size, audiobooks are downloaded to your PC over your existing Internet connection and then transferred to Kindle DX using the included USB 2.0 cable. Listen via Kindle DX's speakers or plug in your headphones for private listening."

"Listen to Music & Podcasts

Transfer MP3 files to Kindle DX to play as background music while you read. You can quickly and easily transfer MP3 files via USB by connecting Kindle DX to your computer"


From their specs, looks like you can hook up a USB cable and transfer, hopefully more than just "Audible's" books and mp3s.



"[Item model number: D00611 ]"

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Old 05-06-2009, 12:13 PM   #30
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I am going to have to wait for that to happen. It is sooooo tempting though
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