Today Amazon launched Kindle DX, its next-generation e-reader. With a screen that measures 9.7 inches diagonally — two-and-a-half times the size of the current-gen Kindle 2.
According Wired: "The DX is aimed squarely at penetrating for the first time the $9.8 billion textbook market, as well offering some life support for the struggling business of subscription-based electronic newspapers. In its product launch, hosted by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon announced partnerships with three major textbook publishers representing 60 percent of the higher-education market. Five universities — Arizona State, Case Western Reserve, Princeton, the University of Virginia, and Pace — have agreed to test the Kindle DX with their students. Bezos also announed that three newspapers — The New York Times, the NYTimes Co.-owned Boston Globe and The Washington Post — will offer a reduced price on the Kindle DX in exchange for a long-term subscription: "A particular class of book that shines with this display is textbooks,” said Bezos. “We’re going to get students with smaller backpacks, less load.”
Shipping this summer, the Kindle DX costs $489 and is available for pre-order from Amazon.com.