Kindle DX

by May 6, 2009Books, Tech2 comments

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We were waiting for the announcement, and now it’s here: the Kindle DX. It appears to be no different from the Kindle 2 I have—except for a bigger screen, bigger storage, and a bigger price. That’s 9.7″ vs. 6″; 4GB vs. 2 GB; and $489 vs. $359. (The DX, targeting business consumers, can also read PDFs natively—that is a big plus.)

I won’t be going for one now, but I imagine that I will upgrade my screen size in several years. In fact, I like the Kindle so much that I could see real benefits in having the smaller one and the DX. The form factor on the smaller one really is convenient. It’s the size of, well, a book. But the new larger model would allow reading anything from Google Books. The screen on the smaller Kindle 2 just isn’t the right size for page scans like those.

Another winner from Amazon. I predict that e-Readers really are going to make it big. I have found mine to be very convenient and useful daily.

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  1. Duncan

    Where do you get most of the books you read on your Kindle? You said earlier that you use it with public domain stuff like Gutenberg texts, and now obviously Google Books is a source.

    Do you mostly use it for old classics? If the Amazon offerings of the books I need for classes ever reaches a critical mass, I’d be tempted to start thinking seriously about it. Right now, it almost seems like Logos is a more reliable electronic option for my seminary course texts.

    Can Logos editions be liberated for consumption on a Kindle?

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    • Mark L Ward Jr

      I have purchased three books for the Kindle:

          1. Carson’t NT Commentary Survey. I sold my physical copy, figuring it would be more handy to keep with me when shopping—it’s also on my iPod, of course.
          2. Carson’s Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor. I honestly just wanted to try out buying a book I’d read straight through, and it was three bucks cheaper on the Kindle
          3. Alan Jacob’s A Theology of Reading: The Hermeneutics of Love. I was taking down so many quotations from this for my dissertation that I decided to read it on the Kindle. At the time I bought it I think it was $10 cheaper than a physical version, but I could be wrong.

      Just this morning I took 5 minutes to transfer Francis Schaeffer’s True Spirituality from Logos to my Kindle. It worked flawlessly, but it is a small chore involving copying and pasting into Word (maximize the window, shrink the text to as small as it will go, and copy a chapter at a time—that’s my advice). This is actually the kind of circumstance for which I purchased the Kindle: I own an electronic document but my eyes swim after staring at an LCD screen for too long, so I want it on the Kindle. I’ve especially enjoyed reading articles, such as a whole issue of Themelios or a great article on emotion I just read from the SBJT. I had that one sent to me wirelessly since I didn’t have my Kindle cable with me at work. Cost me 15 cents. But I got the advantage of a much easier reading experience.

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