Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Kindle DX at Princeton 10-14-09

This is the Kindle DX e-book reader.

According to, the Kindle:
  • Is only 1/3 of an inch thick
  • Can hold 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents
  • Has a 9'7" diagonally measured screen display
  • Has a long battery life
  • Has a built-in PDF reader
  • And many more.
This device, which costs about $489 USD, can be the alternative to carrying hundreds of books around. In fact, it could be the alternative to simply carrying heavy textbooks around.

That's because, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Princeton University has given out 50 Kindle readers to 50 of its students as an experiment. Unfortunately, so far, it's meeting with mixed reviews, some of them negative. One student says that it's "cumbersome to text and type notes"(Knutson, Wall Street Journal, 9/30/09). However, many of Princeton's professors and faculty say that it's too early to give the Kindle a review just yet.

Personally, the Kindle is much better than carrying around textbooks from class to class. I know, because I also carry around textbooks from class to class, so I hope that the Kindle becomes more popular in universities soon.

Works Cited

Knutson, Ryan. "DX Goes to Princeton." Wall Street Journal [New York City] 30 Sept. 2009, Technology Journal sec.: B5. Print.

"Amazon’s Kindle DX: Not Yet a Hit on Campus - Digits - WSJ." WSJ Blogs - WSJ. Web. 14 Oct. 2009. .

" Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device (9.7" Display, U.S. Wireless, Latest Generation): Kindle Store." Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. Web. 14 Oct. 2009. .

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