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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Kindle DX a massive boon to travelers

I did not bother upgrading to the Kindle 2 because I thought it was an inferior product compared to the Kindle v1. Today's announcement of the Kindle DX, however, will likely have me digging out my wallet to pay for the next time I travel. It's heavier (8 ounces more, so it will now compete with my CPAP machine in weight), and bulkier, but has one major feature, which is PDF support.

For the traveler, that means all the lonely planet PDFs can be stored for searching when you travel. When cycling in Europe or backpacking through Japan, this is a massive weight and space savings over the paper books. I begged Lonely Planet a year ago for a Kindle edition, but now I don't have to wait.

I don't know when the newspapers and magazines will switch over to PDF content, but it's only a matter of time --- now you'll be able to get all those glossies with images, etc. In other words, if you're about to travel somewhere independently (i.e., not part of a guided tour), this will become an essential accessory for you.


joegross said...

Newspapers and magazines will never do PDF because they rely so much on ads in their content. Without the flexibility of being able to serve and track views, etc, they have no incentive to go with a relatively "flat" format like PDF.

Books, on the other hand, may do so, but they're more likely to choose the kindle format since there isn't much competition in the ebook marketplace and open standards aren't an issue yet.

Piaw Na said...

I disagree. I think that they are currently so desperate to survive they will try anything. Anything at all.

Unknown said...

Please write an in-depth review when you get your DX. I really hope amazon will soon start selling it in Europe, too.

Unknown said...

Frank, I haven't even ordered it yet. I'm still debating, since the doubling of weight really is very annoying.

I will be very surprised to see start selling the Kindle in Europe any time this year.

Anonymous said...

I bought a Kindle 2 and had it for three weeks. I just couldn't wait for the DX. When the DX arived I returned the kindle 2. I am completely satisified with the Kindle DX. I think it is a great piece of engineering technology. see Amazon Kindle DX