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Supersized Kindle Leaks Online

The newest Kindle is to be announced tomorrow and from leaked pictures on the internet, the device is to have a 9.7″ screen (the currently Kindle has a 6″ screen) with PDF support and an improved web browser. The device is targeted toward the education crowd with hopes of getting parents to buy the device for their college bound teens and enticing business folks to buy it for easier newspaper reading.

There is no word on pricing yet.

I’m sure that Amazon hopes that this combats the statistic that 70% of its Kindle demographic is 40 years or older. If more teens are getting ereaders, I do hope that means that publishers (CROWN, I’m looking at you) start digitizing their YA books.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

5 Comments

  1. Sandy (Strlady)
    May 05, 2009 @ 09:55:58

    I’ve never been a kindle fan (it’s so ugly!) due to the Amazon monster that creates it and controls the content of the reader but I give credit where credit is due and the wireless capability is a big draw. If a Web Browser is incorporated it would be a plus. And yet I still love my Sony Reader.

    When I decided to go Sony it was the content issue that did it for me. I wanted to be able to put what ever type of document on my reader without having to ask anyone to convert it for me. It was only natural that when my college aged daughter decided to get a reader I buy her Sony. She has been getting her texts as e-books for several semesters. She loves it and I love that she doesn’t have to haul 30 lbs of books to and from her classrooms.

    I agree that more YA publishers should get thier work out in ebooks. I think that parents that have eReaders are more likely to get thier children eReaders but I also think that eventually the eReader will be the way to go for text books (for all ages) and publishers can get a jump on things by opening up the market to YA. How can they get hooked on eBooks if nothing they want to read is in that format?

  2. gwen hayes
    May 05, 2009 @ 10:42:05

    Are college textbooks available in ebook form yet? Wouldn’t that have made life grand?

  3. Teddypig
    May 05, 2009 @ 11:09:05

    Wow 9.7 I just might buy this.

  4. Lisa Hendrix
    May 05, 2009 @ 17:10:51

    Of course they want to sell to college students. They’re hoping profs require their students to upload prof-generated material, for which Amazon will rake in the dough by charging by the megabyte, per this article from GearDiary:

    http://www.geardiary.com/2009/04/29/amazon-starts-charging-by-the-megabyte-for-delivering-personal-documents-to-your-kindle-adds-support-for-docx-and-rtf-file-formats/

    Additionally, potential Kindle buyers should be aware that Amazon doesn’t support your purchased materials the way you might think, especially thru a technology change. Check out this review of the Kindle 2 switchover and the problems one Kindle owner had in keeping material she had already purchased”

    http://www.amazon.com/review/RV0R3AODMRNJZ/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#RV0R3AODMRNJZ

    The writer notes: “I found many instances where I could not download my books…because the item THAT I PAID FOR was not available for download to my new Kindle2. Amazon said the book had been “pulled.” Excuse me, but I paid for it, pulled or not, it should always be avaiable to me since I paid for it.”

    Caveat emptor.

  5. Randi
    May 06, 2009 @ 13:26:05

    Lisa,

    this is the second major drawback, for me, about ereaders (the first is I just like reading paper books). One is, essentially, leasing a book. Considering ebooks are no longer cheaper (of the major publishers, I mean; clearly EC and others still have very affordable ebooks) than paper books- I am unwilling to give up my “ownership” of my purchases.

    I’ve been trying to rack my brain to think of other things I “buy” but don’t actually own….and so far, I can’t think of anything….

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