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Old 10-15-2012, 10:06 AM   #1
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Amazon Quietly Discontinuing Kindle DX

Looks like the Kindle DX won't be back.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:12 AM   #2
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:19 AM   #3
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I'm actually surprised that the DX has lasted this long. Amazon has never really supported it.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:28 AM   #4
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Yep, saw an article on this, it always seemed too pricy for me anyway....
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:23 AM   #5
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:28 AM   #6
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The Vogon's must have done a major tablet upgrade!
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:01 PM   #7
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Amazon stopped supporting it about a month after it was released. I remember getting mine and being excited and then hearing about the K3. I still had time to return the DXG under the 30 day rule, and I ordered mine the day it was announced, if I wanted to.

I think there was one update after that and that is it. It had to be the fastest drop of support for a product that I have seen.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:15 PM   #8
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They probably realized that the DX doesn't help them sell stuff, since it's really for reading sideloaded PDFs and the like.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:00 PM   #9
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Sad ... it was the perfect screen for programming books and poetry, eink, I mean.

But I sold mine over a year ago. It was the forgotten child for Amazon.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:02 PM   #10
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They intended the DXG to be used for textbooks and then came the tablets. At least, that is my take on it.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:03 PM   #11
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I bought a back-up one when it was on Woot, or on Black Friday, can't recall - but I'm keeping them for reading poetry, plays, etc.

If you're still in the market for one, keep an eye on Woot - they'll probably dump their remaining stock there.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:32 PM   #12
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I love my DX. I'm going to be very sad when it dies. Hopefully it will be several years before that happens.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:49 PM   #13
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They intended the DXG to be used for textbooks and then came the tablets. At least, that is my take on it.
I think that's exactly right. People knew that Apple was making a tablet, but most assumed it was going to cost $1,000 and run a full computer OS; most people were caught flat-footed when it's price was announced at $499.

I think Amazon's response was really amazing - the iPad came out in April; by August, Amazon was shipping the K3, which was about $100 cheaper than the K2, had a pearl screen, and a few other improvements. Amazon's main message was: this does not compete with the iPad: it is focused entirely on reading; it's smaller, lighter, has much better battery power, a better screen, etc. It's just astonishing to me how fast they moved (and all against the backdrop of Agency pricing being introduced and people predicting that Apple would own 90% of the e-book market).


There probably ought to be a business school case study on Amazon's response to the iPad, if there isn't already...

Unfortunately, this didn't leave much room for the DX.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:35 PM   #14
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No surprice there.The DX was the forgotten Kindle.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:53 PM   #15
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I bought one at Staples when they were clearing them out for $160. I use it now and then for technical books, but it mostly collects dust. I'm not too surprised.
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