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Old 05-06-2009, 03:01 PM   #1
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Hands-on pics and video of the Kindle DX

Hey, all! I thought it would be good to have a thread where we can post links to good pics and video of the Kindle.

As I live in New York now and am currently under-employed, I was able to swing by the press conference this morning where Amazon unveiled the new Kindle DX. Here are some pics and video I took. I'll write up my personal impressions a little later.

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Extended clip: Demo of the Kindle DX.


Short clip: Note taking/highlighting in a non-pdf textbook.


Short clip: Menu selection scrolling, screen response time.


Short clip: Zoom mode for images in a newspaper.

I apologize for the crummy camera work in the above. I'm not a very good cameraman, and this was my first try doing something like this.

Okay, pics!

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Enjoy!

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Old 05-06-2009, 03:05 PM   #2
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thanks very much for these ! it's great to see it in action. did you get the opportunity to try it out yourself ? what did you think of it ? i think a lot of people are wondering how comfortable the keyboard is to use, any thoughts ?
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:46 PM   #3
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Thank you jharker! The display is simply gorgeous. Amazon scored a 10 with this one if you ask me.
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:54 PM   #4
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Auto-rotate? Does it rotate to follow the format of the text/image or to follow the position of the screen?
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:56 PM   #5
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That's great work, jharker. Thanks for taking the very clear pictures. I see that you have an Iliad, so would be very interested in an informed comparison.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:11 PM   #6
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Nice job, jharker.
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Edit, darn, I'm a day or two late

No mention about the resolution yet seemingly...

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Old 05-06-2009, 04:40 PM   #8
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I actually like this one! They actually have a decent design on this one... And the price isn't too bad either.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:42 PM   #9
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Thanks for this. That PDF in the demo does look nice! Hmm... lots to think about.
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Has the screen contrast improved, even by a little? This was an issue with the Kindle 2.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:49 PM   #11
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thank you jharker! the Kindle DX is very nice...wow 2 weeks of battery life. That's sweet. Actually the price is reasonable but given the choice between this and the rumored Apple media tablet, I'll save my $$ for the latter cuz I'll probably be able to do more with it.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:50 PM   #12
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Looks great, especially for multi-column titles, but I can only imagine persuading a student to pay full price, or close to it, for an electronic version of a textbook. Their expections re. price are so much lower, but there is no way that the textbook publishers can really start lowering textbook prices until they can cut development costs--the best way is to keep editions around longer, and this won't happen until they can eliminate the used textbook market. Kindle could help with this, but only if a ton are sold to students.
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Looks great, especially for multi-column titles, but I can only imagine persuading a student to pay full price, or close to it, for an electronic version of a textbook. Their expections re. price are so much lower, but there is no way that the textbook publishers can really start lowering textbook prices until they can cut development costs--the best way is to keep editions around longer, and this won't happen until they can eliminate the used textbook market. Kindle could help with this, but only if a ton are sold to students.
Again and again the same arguments. Publishers would like to wait till the termal death of the universe before they start lowering ebook prices.... The ebook is the end of the publishing industry as we know it.
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Actually, if the device reads PDFs then I can conceive of cannier students grouping together to buy a paper copy of a textbook, then slicing it up and scanning it to share. So the price of textbooks had better be reasonable, otherwise the students will get illegally creative.
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And open textbook sites like Connexions (they've mentioned using the Kindle) will be able to start putting some pricing pressure on the big textbook publishers.
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