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Old 10-07-2010, 09:52 AM   #1
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Next Gen Kindle DX(3)?

I realize this is a speculative matter because (insofar as I can tell) Amazon has released no information about a possibly forthcoming generation of the Kindle DX. But since I can't find any other posts on it, I'm wondering whether people have any thoughts on when it might be released, or if one will be released at all.

I don't yet own a Kindle, but am trying to decide whether to buy the K3 or plunk down for the DX. Trouble is I read mostly academic journals in PDF, which seem to be far too large for the K3, and yet the DX seems to be aging quickly and doesn't even have the same generation firmware/PDF reader the K3 has. If they simply released a new DX it would make the decision far easier on my end.

I'd appreciate any insight you may have!

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Old 10-07-2010, 09:57 AM   #2
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What do you mean when you say "the DX seems to be aging quickly"? It has the latest generation eInk screen - in what way is it "aging"?

Amazon have already stated that the PDF firmware improvements in the K3 will be released for the DX in a firmware update at some point.
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I'm no expert but: by aging quickly I simply meant that it was released 4 months ago and, this being 2010, updates have a way of sneaking up on you. New screen or not, it features more or less the same physical interface as the original Kindle DX, which has by universal agreement been improved upon in the K3. So the graphite seemed (to me) more of a refresh than a full generation.

I'd prefer not to pay 350, only to find out that Amazon's "at some point" vis-a-vis firmware updates is just in time for a third generation DX (Christmas, say). Is all.

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I think personally that it's extremely unlikely that a new Kindle DX will be released before next Spring at the earliest.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:27 AM   #5
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Obsolesence

All eReadesr get obsolete VERY FAST. I purchased a Sony PRS 900 for $ 400 in December, 2009. The Kindle WiFi 3 has made that totally obsolete. I couldn't even give it away to my kids or grandkids. Hopefully, my son-in-law's mother MAY accept it for a Christmas gift.

I fully expect this Kindle WiFi 3 will be obsolete by the end of 2011 at which time color eInk will be all the rage with even more features which cannot be even imagined today.

So far I am paying more for the eReaders than the ebooks I read using them. Its well worth it for me since I am a gadget freak buying the latest and greatest of every innovation under the sun. As an example I now have three electronic bibles (including one as the Osnova 3 for the Kindle WiFi) numbering Kindle WiFi, Franklin and NowBible. All of them will be obsolete in less than 6 months in all probability.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:44 AM   #6
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All eReadesr get obsolete VERY FAST. I purchased a Sony PRS 900 for $ 400 in December, 2009. The Kindle WiFi 3 has made that totally obsolete.
You could sell that PRS-900 today on eBay and get $250-300 for it. I speak from practical experience, having sold many eBook readers on eBay. Getting 60-75% of purchase price for an almost 2 year-old electronic device is actually pretty good, and does not, to my mind, indicate obsolescence.
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Better still, offer it on the MR Fleamarket. Why pay eBay a ridiculous amount of money. I've sold several ereaders here and usually when a day or two if they are priced right. MR already has a large number of viewers interested in ereaders.
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Better still, offer it on the MR Fleamarket. Why pay eBay a ridiculous amount of money.
Because I generally find that they fetch much higher prices on eBay. Eg, I saw a comment not so long ago that a PRS-600 being offered in the Fleamarket forum for US$150 was "over-priced". At the same time I was selling mine for almost $280 on eBay.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:49 AM   #9
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I will wait for a DX until they fall below $250.
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