Amazon's Kindle DX goes international

January 6, 2010 by Glenn Chapman
An Amazon.com Kindle DX (right), a larger-screen version of its popular Kindle reader, which has been designed for newspapers, magazines and textbooks. The electronic reading tablets are synched to wireless mobile telephone networks in more than 100 countries so users can download digital reading material regardless of location.

Amazon.com on Wednesday made its premier Kindle DX model electronic reader available in more than 100 countries.

Kindle DX devices that had been available only in the United States sport screens 2.5 times bigger than those on an international model released globally by Amazon late last year.

The larger screen is ideal for highly-formatted reading content such as magazines, newspapers, textbooks, and PDF documents, according to Ian Freed, vice president of Kindle at Amazon.

"Now, DX customers can take all of their books with them when they travel and all their loose printed documents," Freed said.

"All of your newspapers can follow you from country to country, delivered fresh each morning, with no additional fee."

Kindle DX tablets are synched to wireless mobile telephone networks in more than 100 countries so users can download books, magazines, or other digital reading material regardless of location.

"We tried to make it as simple as possible," Freed said.

Kindle has become a top Amazon export to a number of countries including Canada, France and Germany.

Since the first Kindle model launched in November 2007, the has earned the title of "most gifted product" at the 14-year-old online shop.

Kindle devices are reportedly catching on in the business world, with documents ranging from legal briefs to office paperwork being taken for reading on the road, according to Amazon.

"We know a number of actors and actresses that actually use Kindle DX to review scripts," Freed told AFP on Tuesday. "A number of schools are using Kindle DX for students to read ."

Kindle DX tablets will remain priced at 489 dollars and Amazon will begin taking international orders on Wednesday. Kindle DX purchases are to begin shipping on January 19.

Amazon has about 300,000 electronic books that can be purchased internationally for reading on Kindle devices, according to Freed.

Most electronic books for Kindles are in English, but digital versions of newspapers and magazines are available in local languages, according to Amazon.

"Documents look so good on the big Kindle DX display that you'll find yourself changing ink toner cartridges less often and printing fewer documents," said Freed.

"We're excited to be able to offer Kindle DX to customers worldwide so they can carry all of their personal documents along with their whole library in one slender package."

The six-inch (15-centimeter) screen international Kindle rolled out late last year was heralded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as part of a "renaissance in reading."

The smaller-screen Kindle models are priced at 279 dollars.

"Our vision for Kindle is every book ever printed, in print or out of print, in every language available," Bezos told AFP in November.

For now, downloads are only available in English, although the giant online retailer has teams working on digitizing books in other languages.

An array of e-readers is expected to be among the flood of innovations unveiled this week at a major Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Apple is also believed to be poised to unveil a large-screen tablet computer that could compete with e-readers.

Explore further: Amazon's larger Kindle for textbooks, periodicals

Related Stories

Amazon unveils large-screen Kindle DX

May 6, 2009

Online retail giant Amazon.com unveiled a large-screen version of its popular Kindle electronic reader on Wednesday designed for newspapers, magazines and textbooks.

Color Kindle 'multiple' years away: Amazon CEO

May 28, 2009

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said Thursday that the online retail giant may never reveal sales figures for the Kindle and a color version of the electronic reader is "multiple" years away.

Amazon offers to replace Orwell books on Kindles

September 4, 2009

(AP) -- Amazon.com Inc. is offering free books or $30 to Kindle customers whose copies of the George Orwell novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" were deleted from their electronic reading devices in July.

Amazon to release free Kindle software for PC

October 22, 2009

(AP) -- Amazon.com Inc. is trying to get more people to buy the electronic books that are compatible with its Kindle gadget by offering free software for people to read them on a computer.

Amazon delivers Kindle books to PCs

November 10, 2009

Amazon.com on Tuesday released free software that lets people read the online retail titan's electronic Kindle books on personal computers.

Recommended for you

Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service

July 30, 2015

Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.

Power grid forecasting tool reduces costly errors

July 30, 2015

Accurately forecasting future electricity needs is tricky, with sudden weather changes and other variables impacting projections minute by minute. Errors can have grave repercussions, from blackouts to high market costs. ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.