May 11 2009
I didn’t post any digital links on Sunday because it was Mother’s Day (at least that is the excuse I’m working until next week). There was big news, however, so here’s a little round up:
The Kindle DX was released. In the family (as Bezos is calling the Kindle product group), Kindle Dx is the Dad (tm Medialoper). He’s larger (9.7″). He is designed for newspaper readers and college students, according to the press announcement. I also suspect that he’s a good candidate for the aging so that you can get more than one paragraph on a screen page with the larger fonts. Other than the larger size, the Kindle Dx brings only one really new feature and that is the accelerometer. The accelerometer senses if you are holding the device portrait or landscape and flips the screen accordingly. Don’t make a mistake though because the round trip time of the accelerometer is 7 seconds.
The Kindle Dx was touted as a newspaper savior but details of the deal cut between newspapers and Amazon left everyone scratching their head. According to congressional testimony, the papers are giving 70% of the subscription price to Amazon. Further the subscription is a reduced one. To top it off, the newspapers will be subsidizing the cost of a Kindle to anyone not in a home delivery area of the paper. As Medialoper commented on twitter, the best thing for a consumer to do is target the newspaper most likely to go out of business in the next three months and get the Kindle Dx from them.
Princeton is one of the schools that is participating in a Kindle pilot program. You can read more of the details here. Princeton is not announcing which classes will be part of the pilot program because it doesn’t want students to sign up just to get the Kindle. You’d think if your parents could afford to send you to Princeton they could afford a Kindle Dx.
Neelan Choksi, one of the masterminds of Lexcycle’s Stanza, is profiled in xConomy Seattle. For those who weren’t aware, Choski is one of the original members of the MIT blackjack team (Kevin Spacey’s most recent movie). Choski is moving to Seattle now that Lexcycle was acquired by Amazon.
TechCrunch says piracy will save the Kindle Dx and ebooks. I think piracy will drive format decisions because when it is easier to pirate a book than buy it, businesses have to change and adapt. (I’m looking at you, Adobe, and your sucky Adobe Digital Editions).
According to the eink screen manufacturer, a larger sized Sony will be debuting sometime in 2010. I wonder if that means that there will be two Sony’s debuting in the fall? One larger and one smaller but both with wi fi?