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Initial post: Dec 19, 2012 7:02:14 AM PST
Lilli Bean says:
Oh, Amazon,---what is going to happen to old folks like me who love the Kindle DX? We don't need or want a lot of 'stuff' on this wonderful gift. Just to BUY and read, charge and recharge, and flip that little gizmo on the top to fill our lives with the wonders of the literary world. I have the iPad for all that other 'stuff' and I will miss my Kindle DX so much when the three I have go out for good.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:11:41 AM PST
Debi says:
Well I'll take up reading on the ipad. Hopefully mine will last a long time.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 7:25:12 PM PST
Naldo says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2014 8:00:37 PM PST
Sorry to have to break it to you, but the intensity of your longing for it does not equate to a "big market". There are no indications that Amazon plans any newer DX; they haven't even upgraded the software on the previous DX in 5 years. If there really was a market demand for it, I think there'd be some signs in Amazon's actions.

Don't you think Amazon has probably done far more market research in this area than you have?

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 8:10:08 PM PST
A "color DX" would cost as much as an iPad, which already serves the market you speak of.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2014 10:04:57 PM PST
*More* than an ipad, in fact, and not give as good a picture. Colour e-ink does already exist, but in the two years I've been tracking it I've never seen the price come down:
http://www.ectaco.com/jetBook_Color/

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2014 12:39:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 24, 2014 12:40:02 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I've seen maybe 100 people max asking for it (a number far dwarfed by the people who wanted a tablet and those who wanted front lighting on an e-ink kindle)

and probably a good percentage of those 100 people are repeat posters in multiple threads

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2014 7:38:28 AM PST
Debi says:
But we're a great 100. ;)

I would never buy a color e-ink kindle. I use it for reading only.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2014 8:39:16 AM PST
And that one is the size of the DX too. Looks like it's the answer to Naldo's dreams.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2014 11:27:38 AM PST
Lilli Bean says:
I am totally with you. I am old and decrepit and like, no , love my Kindle DXs so much. A year ago I bought six from Amazon or eBay because Amazon 'couldn't/wouldn't' repair one of mine and i was panicking. Four were advertized as new in the box. Two sisters older than I am needed to replace their DXs and were so grateful that I had some to spare. I can send you the info in case any are still available. Two were used and were so cheap it was worth trying. Both of them work fine. The other four came from some tech place with 2-3 year warranties for 19.99. The ratings on the sellers was excellent. So many people with DXs just use their iPads now. I hope I don't have to go that way.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2014 11:50:35 AM PST
Debi says:
Thanks, I'm stockpiled also. LOL Us 100 probably account for 300 kindles.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 12:44:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 24, 2014 12:45:59 PM PST
For the reader only types who don't want, or need, game playing / video viewing /music playing capability, there is always the Kindle (Basic) for $69.00. It is: smaller than the DX, more affordable than the DX, has higher resolution than the DX, is lighter weight than the DX, is easier to hold one handed than is the DX, but otherwise is rather like a DX...and so is an 'Improved DX Mini' in effect. I have two Basics, as well as a Model 3 (Keyboard), and will soon be getting a PaperWhite 3 when they become available. So, I understand about wanting to just read text, as that is most of what I do. I also have a Fire HDX for Audible e-book playing, mostly. My Keyboard can handle that, but stores fewer Audible books, and is old enough that it may conk out any day now...so the HDX is a audio capable replacement for the Keyboard which I did not wait until the last minute to get.

I was drawn towards the DX years ago, when I bought my Keyboard, but got the Keyboard because it was less costly, and had the added function of audio capability, and was smaller / easier to hand hold; especially one handed. A DX sized device would be good for those who have a lot of PDFs to read, but that is such a small market that I doubt it will lead to a new DX model being offered. Color E-Ink is pretty much useless. It isn't worth paying the almost iPad prices to have colored text on a colored page. For photos, or videos, or games, color E-Ink would be way too slow, and never get near LCD technology for speed, or sharpness. The researchers, professionals, and students, use the fast, sharp, iPads, and have no interest in paying big prices for old DX technology.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2014 1:05:14 PM PST
S. Dunham says:
The Basic is not the same thing. As someone who has a K2, a couple of KKs, a PW, Kindle Fire HD 8.9, and a DX, you just can't beat the screen real estate of the DX. I've actually put my PW aside and use my DX as my main reader. I do switch back to the smaller Kindles from time to time.

Although I know the DX is history, I would love to see a PWDX, with page turn buttons. Of course, I dream about winning a big lottery one day even though I know that ain't gonna happen.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 1:09:56 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
There's no denying that there is a niche market for the DX that would be poorly served by an HDX or an iPad. Unfortunately, Amazon is not in the business of manufacturing devices for niche markets, although they are happy to sell ones that other companies make.

The fact that there is no really acceptable (by that market) replacement for the DX made by anyone at any price should serve as an indicator of how small that market really is. As should the fact that the "new old stock" of DXs currently available from Amazon still hasn't sold out.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 7:23:03 PM PST
For people who have a lot of PDFs to load, and read, and who want to read sitting at a desk with the DX laying on the desk, like a school textbook used in a HS, or college, study hall, the DX is great. For people who prefer to hand hold their device-especially one handed-while sitting in an easy chair, or laying in bed, the DX is too big, and heavy...which is why it has not caught on any better than it has, and why the reserve supply from whatever warehouse the currently available crop of DX models was found in has not sold out yet. The market for the DX is indeed too small to warrant further updates of the product line. Don't hold your breath while waiting for the DXII, or PWDX, or such. There will never be a Color DX, either. If there were a big enough market for such, Apple would be making them....or someone would. Compared to Apple, Amazon is a bit player, and sells for cost, or a bit below, and has to make the best use of it's resources...which playing to minor markets-like DX fans-would not be doing. Apple is a giant, has mega-resources, makes hefty profits on everything it sells, and can afford to take risks on small niche markets...and even it refuses to do so with the DX scene. That being the case, there is no way that Amazon is going to bankrupt itself by repeating it's DX error.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 9:43:13 AM PST
Carbonbased says:
Actually, Amazon can help you out now. Read the article CBP the Bookworm posted a link for, then look in Electronics. There are several third party sellers such as Ectaco JetBook Color eBook Reader

They have pretty bad reviews. I read a few of the worst ones and I think the problem is that the device LOOKS even more like a tablet than a DX does. Once people have it in hand and find it won't do iPad-y things, they forget why they thought e-ink was important. "What? No browser?...too slow...hangs when I try to do more than one thing!"

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 9:55:41 AM PST
S. Dunham says:
I hold my DX with one hand. When on the couch or in bed, it's supported by a pillow. When I read at my desk, I bought a stand by Amazon Basics. While the DX didn't have quite the numbers as the 6" Kindles, it did sell out a few times. It never fulfilled the customers who wanted the eInk Kindles to be a tablet market.

I think what killed the DX market was the release of the K3, or now called KK. Most people were waiting for the DX version that had the same features as the K3 to include WiFi. I know I was waiting for that. After waiting...and waiting and waiting...I grabbed the DX when Amazon relisted them last June. I don't get AT&T coverage at home. I do get spotty Sprint coverage, so the WiFi option was great. Getting the DX brought back memories of taking my K2 for a download drive when I didn't get enough of a signal at home. The cost of the DX would have come down just like the cost of the 6" Kindles did. Had Amazon come out with a DX upgrade, I believe it would have sold better than you think it would.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 9:59:52 AM PST
"The cost of the DX would have come down just like the cost of the 6" Kindles did."

I think you're wrong. The reason the 6" Kindles dropped in cost was that not only were they selling in great quantity, so were the other readers on the market using the same screens. That economy of scale brought the price of the screen way, way down. The DX was simply not going to reach an audience anywhere near that combined size. The majority of the e-ink readers just didn't go for it. I have a lot of Kindles, from the first to the HDX. I wouldn't have the DX as a gift. I have absolutely no use for it. Apparently, I'm in the majority.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 11:08:30 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
As M. Francis points out, e-ink (Inc.) was selling 6" Pearl screens by the tens of millions to Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Sony and more, serving a worldwide market. The cost of those screens, per unit, sold in those huge quantities, would have had much to do with the low cost of the K3.

Amazon was the only (?) buyer of the 10" screens used in the DX, making them not just intrinsically more expensive but also more expensive to make per unit in smaller quantities.

There's no reason to believe the price would have gone down, except under the present circumstances where Amazon is selling off "new old stock," and has already written off the loss.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 11:24:41 AM PST
T. Cannon says:
I am certainly not going to claim that every marketing decision Amazon makes is perfect and handed down from Mt. Sinai, but I think they tried to sell the DX enough to realize that the demand was just not there. Maybe the price would have come down a bit if they had put out a new model but most consumers seem to want a smaller, cheaper e-reader. I barely even glanced at the DX because of the size and the cost. Maybe someday when my eyes get worse and I am using ever increasing font sizes I'll start to wish for a bigger screen. For now, though, I really like slipping my Kindle into an outside jacket pocket when I'm "out and about".

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 11:55:04 AM PST
S. Dunham says:
LOL! My eyes are already there! I first got DX envy in March 2010. I was waiting for my flight when the woman next to me pulled out her DX as I pulled out my K2. Like kids in a candy store, we swapped so we could check out each other's toy. Before that, I never had any desire for the larger Kindle.

When Amazon re-released the DX to get rid of their supply, I knew we'd never get an updated version. So I bought one. I love it and carry it with me everywhere. I also have my PW in my purse. Yes, I'm a Kindle Ho so what can I tell ya?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 11:56:58 AM PST
S. Dunham says:
Prices of electronics always come down.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 12:09:27 PM PST
King Al says:
But how much has the price of the screen come down?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 12:12:18 PM PST
Unless the product is discontinued.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 12:48:20 PM PST
So you completely missed the fact that I said that in the 2 years since it was released, the Jetbook Color price has NOT come down?
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