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Amazon Unveils the Kindle DX

The company announced the Kindle DX at a press conference in New York’s Pace University this morning  and it actually looks pretty decent. Leaving aside the fact that the New York Times, The Boston Globe and the Washington Post are jumping on the bandwagon by offering discounted Kindle DXes to subscribers, we actually quite like the device.

Specswise, rumors were pretty much bang on the mark with the Kindle DX. A 9.7-inch e-ink display weighing in at 10.2 ounces and just 1/3 of an inch thick, so lighter than a paperback and as thin as a magazine. It includes 3G, the promise of books delivered direct to the device in 60 seconds or less, an improved display (with 16 shades of grey), 25 percent longer battery life, capacity for up to 3,500 books, 20 percent faster page turns, Amazon’s controversial “Read to Me” text-to-audio feature and a built in PDF reader.

Textbooks from Addison-Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Benjamin Cummings, Longman & Prentice Hall (Pearson); Wadsworth, Brooks/Cole, Course Technology, Delmar, Heinle, Schirmer, South-Western (Cengage); and Wiley Higher Education will be available on the device, making for a pretty extensive library when it comes to educational titles.

According to Amazon, The New York Times Company and Washington Post Company are launching pilots with Kindle DX this summer. The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post will offer the Kindle DX at a reduced price to readers who live in areas where home-delivery is not available and who sign up for a long-term subscription to the Kindle edition of the newspapers.

The Kindle DX comes with a price tag of $489, which is a lot of money for an eReader. That said, the price of textbooks being what they are, we can see a bunch of kids ponying up the cash for the Kindle DX. If they’re going to spend money, they might as well invest in something that will eliminate their back-breaking, heavy backpack.

Pre-order it here.