Thursday, May 7, 2009

Demo video of Amazon Kindle DX - see the future of textbooks now!

Thanks to our good buddy Joe Hodnicki at the Law Library Blog for tipping me off to this demo video of the newly released Kindle DX.  Of course no one knows for sure whether this will become the dominant e-reading platform, but my Magic 8-Ball says: "Signs Point to Yes."

Here's the description from the LLB and a demo video after that:

It's 7.2" wide and 10.4" tall, just a little smaller than I expected. With so many things in our lives adapted to the size of a standard 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper, it seems to me that would have been a better target for the DX. (Internationally, A4 paper serves the same purpose at 8.3 x 11.7 inches, so perhaps 8.3 x 11.0 inches would have been a good compromise.)

The DX's monochrome E Ink display is much smaller than I was hoping for, only 9.7" diagonal. Like the original Kindle, much of the space on the front of the unit is occupied by page-turning buttons and a physical keyboard.

The screen has 1,200 x 824 pixels, about the number on the LCD of a 12" Dell Latitude E4200 laptop, so the Kindle DX's linear resolution is significantly higher than that of most notebook displays. However, it's about 10% lower than that of the 6" E Ink display on the Kindle 2 (150 dpi vs. 167 dpi).

I am the scholarship dude.


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