Well that was fast: Kindle DX
I’m really surprised this upgrade was announced so quickly. Amazon just announced an even newer generation of Kindle, the Kindle DX. Take that, Moore’s Law!
Salient features: bigger screen, more storage capacity, and native PDF support.
Still waiting on: color, stylus support for annotations and note-writing.
I love my Kindle, as I’ve expressed here before. I’ve actually wanted to read a couple of books lately that didn’t have Kindle editions, and I found myself annoyed with the cumbersome bound-paper versions. They just won’t lay flat, I’ve always gotta keep one hand on them if I want to read while I’m at lunch or whatever. When I’ve gotten to go back to my Kindle it’s been a relief.
I’m highly tempted to get a Kindle DX, because native PDF support would positively rule the school. I want to be able to read screenplays on my Kindle — that’s a serious value add — and I’ve also got a number of eBooks in PDF format that I’d love to not have to go through the rigamarole of converting. The few I’ve tried, the formatting has ported over less than successfully.
But I think I’ll wait. Kindle DX is in pre-order now, I’ll wait and see how long it takes to get into “in stock,” evaluate my situation then and enjoy my Kindle 2 in the meantime. I might even wait a few months after that, just to see if they go and pull another fast one.
If I do upgrade, I’ll probably sell my Kindle 2, so if you maybe want to pick up a used (but well-maintained) Kindle, keep your eyes on this space come summer.