Too Soon?

This morning I logged on to the Internet and everywhere I looked there was a story about Amazon’s new Kindle DX, a larger version of the Kindle 2.0.  Now those of you who are regular readers of Planet Books know that I have a Kindle 2.0 and that I LOVE it.  Sometimes I feel that I am missing out on something when a newer version becomes available but in this case I am perfectly happy and content with my “smaller” Kindle.  This latest version of the Kindle is HUGE.  At least it appears that way when I look at the pics available on Amazon and various news sites.  kindle1Now my question is, “Why didn’t they release these two versions at the same time?”  I believe the DX’s height and width is larger than a typical hardcover book which doesn’t appeal to me because I like to carry my Kindle 2.0 in my purse and that is easy with the smaller size.  I am gathering that the main purpose for the larger screen on the DX is to read newspapers, magazines and textbooks; anything with pictures really that will translate more clearly and easily on a larger screen. 

The word is that Amazon is pairing with a number of universities around the country in a pilot program and these schools will provide their students with the Kindle DX.  If textbooks are published electronically than the use of the standard textbook would become obsolete.  I think this is a great idea, especially for those with back-breaking textbooks that weigh their bags down (like my sisters had in high school) and it may decrease the price of textbooks. 

If you have a Kindle what do you think about the piggy back release of the Kindle DX just three months after the 2.0 came out?  If you are in the market for a Kindle which one will you buy?  If you don’t want to enter the e-Reader age, what do think, if anything, about the Kindle and other e-Readers? 

The Kindle 2.0 is $359, holds over 1500 books, has a 6″ diagonal screen and measures 8″ x 5.3″ x 0.36″.  The Kindle DX is $489, holds up to 3500 books, has a 9.7″ diagonal screen and measures 10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″.

Sunday Salon ~ March 22nd, 2009

What a week!  I spent it in Hong Kong with Hubby and we had a great time.  I even had the chance to read a book on my new Kindle 2.0!  I read THE READER and now I can’t wait to see the film.  I didn’t mind picturing Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes and the other actors I’ve seen in previews in my minds eye as I read it either.  It wasn’t exactly a happy book but it was an interesting idea. 

Now I’m reading LITTLE BEE and am really enjoying the anticipation I’m feeling as the story unfolds.  The characters and their narrations are vivid and rich, though again, the topics aren’t very cheery.

What are you reading this week/weekend?  I’m looking for recommendations to load onto my Kindle!