Remember the good old days in law school, lugging around piles of huge, heavy casebooks? Remember the multi-colored highlighters stuffed into your backpack, ready to mark important passages?
And, most importantly, remember the light, weightless feeling of your wallet after purchasing said casebooks?
Future students of the law might not share those memories, if Jeff Bezos of Amazon has anything to say about it. Amazon announced the Kindle DX this morning and made the device available for pre-order
on Amazon.com. The Kindle DX boasts a significantly larger screen than
its predecessors (9.7in), a landscape viewing mode, a native PDF reader
and increased storage space.
It also carries a $489 price tag, which perhaps isn't something to boast about.
this latest incarnation of the Kindle ebook reader, Amazon has set its
sights on the textbook and newspaper industries, betting that the
larger screen will make reading large-format works a little easier.
Since the E-Ink screen doesn't change very quickly, scrolling used to
be a hassle when a book's pages didn't fit the Kindle's screen. The
larger screen was added to address that issue and broaden the types of
content that can be viewed well on the device.
The company has
also opened up possibilities in the professional market with the native
PDF reader. Since professional organizations are accustomed to using
PDFs anyway, Amazon is hoping that it's a short jump to using the
Kindle to share and access those PDF documents.
(Law firms take
note: Is there money to be saved in the long run by giving attorneys
Kindles instead of printing paper copies of case documents?)
colleges and newspapers simultaneously announced pilot projects to
distribute the new Kindles to students and subscribers to determine
whether Bezos' claims will actually pan out.
Amazon has also convinced three textbook companies to offer their books in the Kindle store.
everything goes the way Bezos is hoping, trips to the bookstore at the
beginning of the semester will eventually be replaced by a single
wireless download session.