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Old 10-14-2009, 10:56 AM   #1
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Refurbished Kindle DX

How often do refurb Kindle DX's come up for sale on Amazon? I have absolutely no problem buying refurbs, closeouts, etc. But I'm not going to bother stalking if they come up once in a blue moon.

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Old 10-14-2009, 01:27 PM   #2
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If Amazon is really developing an international DX for 2010, you should start seeing refurbished units hitting the website. That's what happened with the K2.
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:16 PM   #3
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If Amazon is really developing an international DX for 2010, you should start seeing refurbished units hitting the website. That's what happened with the K2.
OH Man, I sure hope they do.... Still the pdf viewing worries me..(or lack of).
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:40 PM   #4
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OH Man, I sure hope they do.... Still the pdf viewing worries me..(or lack of).
I'm not sure what you mean. The DX is designed to read PDFs. That is part of it's main purpose.

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I'm not sure what you mean. The DX is designed to read PDFs. That is part of it's main purpose.

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It is a lot of reports that says the DX lacks native pdf support and that it doesn´t necessarily renders the pdfs well. You can not zoom for instance.. I mostly read scientific papers as pdfs so it is pretty important to me.
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It is a lot of reports that says the DX lacks native pdf support and that it doesn´t necessarily renders the pdfs well. You can not zoom for instance.. I mostly read scientific papers as pdfs so it is pretty important to me.
Some people say is has a "bad implementation". My understanding is that they say it because it doesn't support hyperlinks within a document. I don't know about the zooming.. but the idea is that since the screen is big enough you won't need to zoom to read it.

Also, you can't do search or dictionary in the PDFs if they are not text PDFs. Some PDFs have text in them and some are just 100% images. I think that makes a difference. Although I don't think any reader will be able to do text search in a PDF that doesn't contain text. There are some software packages out there that allow you to OCR the PFD and add text to it. PDFPen for Mac for example. Or if you have Evernote Premium account any PDF you put into it will be OCRed automatically.

But, it does nativity support and view PDF files.

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Old 10-18-2009, 12:02 PM   #7
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It is a lot of reports that says the DX lacks native pdf support and that it doesn´t necessarily renders the pdfs well. You can not zoom for instance.. I mostly read scientific papers as pdfs so it is pretty important to me.
OK, I read some of the DX user guide that you can get online. From the user guide:

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Kindle DX can display a PDF document without losing the formatting of the original file. Just drag PDF files over USB or e-mail them to your dedicated Kindle e-mail address (found on the Settings page on Kindle or the Manage Your Kindle page on Amazon.com). We will wirelessly deliver the original file directly to your Kindle for a fee. For details, see the “Your orders and individual charges” section of your Manage Your Kindle page for your Kindle DX on Amazon.com.
When you display a PDF is portrait mode is automatically crops the margins to give you the best display it can. You can also rotate the kindle to landscape mode and the PDF will zoom and show you the top of the document and you can scroll down.

You might want to grab the users guide to the DX. At this point the only other option for a large screen reader that does support hyperlinks is the iRex DR1000s which is $860. Not sure if hyperlink support is worth the extra $370.

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I 'think' they've had 2-3 releases of refurned Kindle 1s so far. I suspect that when the number of refurbs available hits a certain number, they put them on the website.

Once they have that magic number I think they will be available.
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I had a refurb DX in my cart last night. This morning, it was gone.

So they must trickle in and out as people return them.
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:59 PM   #10
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When you display a PDF is portrait mode is automatically crops the margins to give you the best display it can. You can also rotate the kindle to landscape mode and the PDF will zoom and show you the top of the document and you can scroll down.

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My DX doesn't crop at all, I do that in Acrobat first if there are wide margins in the PDF. Most of my PDFs are books and articles that have been scanned and OCR'd (usually from within Acrobat). (So they're image files with OCR.)

Perhaps the cropping happens with PDFs made from doc files? Since I can send the doc files to the DX through email, I don't convert them to PDFs first so I can't say.

The rotate function can work that way, but I much prefer portrait.

Re: refurbs: I think a refurb DX would be a great deal. Same warranty, right?
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Re: refurbs: I think a refurb DX would be a great deal. Same warranty, right?
Yes, identical warranty as if it was purchased brand new. "refurbs" are mostly customer returns, which are in mint condition.

They will be back in stock in a day or two, once Amazon processes returns from last week.
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I had a refurb DX in my cart last night. This morning, it was gone.

So they must trickle in and out as people return them.
Sorry about that! I bought one last night. They were available for a couple days. It hasn't shipped just yet, hope they don't cancel the order. CC charges went through, though.
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