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Old 08-19-2010, 02:57 AM   #1
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Can't Decide b/w DX or Kindle 3

Hey guys,
I am a student that just preordered a kindle 3.
I plan to use the kindle to read mostly science based text books with figures and also lots of PDFs.

I know the DX has a large screen, which is what I prefer; but I also see that the new kindle 3 has much better PDF options like highlight and annotation?

Am I correct on this? Do you guys know (for sure) if Amazon will update the DX in the very near future? or would Amazon release a software update that will bring all the new features of Kindle 3 to the DX?

If so, I think i'm gonna order a DX immediately b/c I need to start reading those books since my exams are coming up!

and I found that those ebooks (textbooks) are cheaper than their paper versions

Thanks
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:24 AM   #2
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With PDFs, I think you'll have a better reading experience on the DX than on the 6" Kindle.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:30 AM   #3
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I agree, PDF textbooks will work much better on the DX due to the larger screen. And I expect the DX to get the same PDF handling features as the K3 soon. I'd be very surprised if it didn't.

For my money: get the DXG (Oh, wait...for my money, I did )
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:33 AM   #4
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Hey guys,
I am a student that just preordered a kindle 3.
I plan to use the kindle to read mostly science based text books with figures and also lots of PDFs.

I know the DX has a large screen, which is what I prefer; but I also see that the new kindle 3 has much better PDF options like highlight and annotation?

Am I correct on this? Do you guys know (for sure) if Amazon will update the DX in the very near future? or would Amazon release a software update that will bring all the new features of Kindle 3 to the DX?

If so, I think i'm gonna order a DX immediately b/c I need to start reading those books since my exams are coming up!

and I found that those ebooks (textbooks) are cheaper than their paper versions

Thanks
If you really want a kindle, buy DX, you can't really read those big books with 6 inch kindle.
If you are willing to explore other options, then check out pixel qi before buying a kindle: http://www.pixelqi.com/products
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Old 08-19-2010, 04:42 PM   #5
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Most PDFs are very good to read on Kindle, even the techy ones like the Office Manuals / Reference Books from Microsoft Press.

I'm looking forward to the FW-Update offering the same PDF-Support to DX as K3 will have, that really would be great!
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:32 PM   #6
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Well, I think this was probably a bad purchase on your part. Science textbooks are one area in which it is better to have a paper book than an electronic one. That is why electronic books of this type are cheaper. If these books have a very good hot-linked table of contents and you use the bookmark function a lot, you may get by, but you'll waste a lot of time & energy doing it.

I would think a Kindle DX would be better, to make sure that the whole graphic can fit on the screen and still be legible.

I may get crucified for saying this, but I would spend the money on a laptop instead. Preferably a Macbook of some kind. (not sure if the text is available in a format that Mac can read. Are the textbooks PDFs?) If you already have a laptop, do yourself a favor and find your books online, used. There are online book swapping/selling sites just for students. Search them out.

There has been at least one college that Amazon has furnished with Kindles for their coursework, and it didn't work out well. Too much flipping back and forth and too hard to keep notes handy and organized.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:13 PM   #7
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:37 PM   #8
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Why not eventually get both?

I ordered the Kindle 3 instead of the DX, mostly because there are a few things I want to see improved on the DX before I'm willing to purchase one. If the next version of the DX has those improvements, then I'll likely buy one at that time. The K3 should be able to tide me over until then.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:56 AM   #9
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DX, but expect neither to be fantastic for PDF use.
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:30 PM   #10
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If you read Text books (txt, azw, prc, mobi, tpz): then Kindle 3 with 6" display is more light and is more comfortable.

If you read PDFs, scanned books, magazines, comics or newspaperes; so Kindle DX/DXG with 9.7" display will be really better.

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