Nearly one month after Amazon.com, Inc. previewed the large-screen Kindle DX, the company announced that the new device will ship on June 10, 2009 on a first-come, first-served shipping schedule for pre-orders.
While the company thinks the new device could revolutionize both periodical and textbook reading, skeptics have emerged over the last month. Frank Lyman, EVP of marketing at CourseSmart, told GalleyCat that most students are reading e-books on laptops. During a BEA panel discussion, Daily Beast editor Tina Brown criticized the $9.99 price-tag that most Amazon e-books carry.
Here’s more from the Amazon release: “[Kindle DX features] a large 9.7-inch electronic paper display, built-in PDF reader to view professional and personal documents, auto-rotate capability, and storage for up to 3,500 books. More than 290,000 books are now available in the Kindle Store for convenient wireless delivery in under 60 seconds.”