Amazon to release Kindle for textbooks

May 6, 2009 1:58:32 PM PDT
Amazon.com Inc. will release a larger version of its Kindle electronic reading device that is geared toward newspapers, magazines and textbooks. During a press event Wednesday at Pace University in New York, Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos showed off the device. It has a grayscale screen that is 2½ times as large as the current Kindle, which has a 6-inch diagonal screen. It also includes a QWERTY keyboard like the current Kindle.

The announcement comes three months after Amazon revealed a slimmer, updated version of the original $359 Kindle, which wirelessly downloads books.


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