Amazon Kindle DX

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos unveiled the new large format Kindle today, the Kindle DX.   The DX appears to be a very impressive device that brings the elegant reading capabilities of the smaller kindle to a much larger screen that will be more friendly to newspapers and textbooks – the two reading items that appear to be Amazon’s target market for this brand new entry into the electronic reader fray:

As a past skeptic of how the smaller Kindle could find the market needed to be a big success I’m certainly impressed, but also wondering about the economic viability.   At $489 for the new Kindle with at best only modest discounts for newspaper subscriptions I have to remain somewhat skeptical this can take off, although one can see a potentialy large library market since devices like this may make it easier for libraries and schools to manage subscriptions, textbooks, updates, etc.

Gizmodo’s got more on the specs and the launch.

Techcrunch CrunchPad Tablet PC Needs Partners to Debut

Congratulations to Mike Arrington and the TechCrunch Team for what looks like an amazing new computing device – the CrunchPad.    TechCrunch and CrunchGear are reporting on the prototypes with pictures but also noting that they’ll need some partners to produce and market the devices, which really look to me like a combination of an iPhone and a netbook.   The object is mostly web surfing here, though I’d think this will compete with a Kindle.   For example I’d rather have this than a Kindle since most of my reading is online and I’d want to interact with more than just the “Kindle approved” websites and blogs.

Rupert Murdoch should take notice – this device (assuming screen quality is high) along with some media and book deals he could aquire in a few calls would allow him to jump into the Kindle market overnight.