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Will there be a Kindle paperwhite DX?

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Initial post: Oct 20, 2012 6:50:20 AM PDT
A customer says:
I love the specs of the Kindle paperwhite, except for one thing: the screen diagonal is only 6", much smaller than the screen of my iPad and my trusty old Kindle DX. When you reach a certain age, it is not comfortable anymore to read from such a small screen.

Does Amazon have any plans to release a Kindle paperwhite with a screen similar in size to the iPad or the Kindle DX (9,7") ? Although I considered the Kindle DX to be overpriced compared to the other Kindle devices, I have never been sorry that I bought one. I would gladly again pay a premium for a decent-sized screen in my next e-reader.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 6:53:24 AM PDT
Paxton says:
I would guess not. I believe they just discontinued sale of the original DX.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 7:32:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2012 7:33:03 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:
Not much chance. The DX never sold well and Amazon's extension of the Kindle family into tablets has doomed it, I think. Though I realize it's not the same, you might want to consider the 8.9" Kindle Fire as an alternative. You'll miss the e-ink display but the improvements in the KFHD display combined with an app like ScreenDim that enables you to control brightness and contrast independently comes close to an e-ink reading experience in most cases.

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 7:55:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2012 7:58:09 AM PDT
A customer says:
Too bad. I already have an iPad, that is superior to the kindle fire as far as tablets are concerned. What I look for in an e-reader is what tablets don't have: lighter, longer battery life, can read in full daylight. I can take my kindle on a short vacation, leave the charger at home and sit in the sun enjoying my books at my holiday destination.

I just wanted to start this discussion, because I find it strange that e-readers are now only available in 6" (as the DX is discontinued), although millions of tablets are sold in a larger size. There is no law that says that e-ink screens must have inferior size and there is a clear demand for larger screens, as the success of the iPad proves.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 8:08:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2012 8:11:14 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:
I certainly understand your point of view but Amazon would obviously offer a larger screen e-reader if they could discern any significant market demand for it. The fact is that most consumers don't view the 6" form factor as an "inferior size." As for a "clear demand for larger screens," your example is a backlit tablet, not an e-reader. Having been in market research in an earlier career, I'm guessing that large e-readers are widely viewed by consumers as lacking essential features compared to the competition. I'm not maintaining that's true, just speculating about what I suspect are consumer tastes.

Perhaps all is not lost, though. You might check out the new Kindle PaperWhite in person. Although it comes in the 6" form factor, the significantly improved screen quality and pixel density combined with resizable fonts might meet your requirements in a smaller form factor. (Believe me, I'm familiar with the aging eyes issue.)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 8:30:52 AM PDT
Oz Yankee says:

Though I do not have an iPad or other similar type device...

I do have the Kindle DX..I do like the large screen.

The DX was costly... but... like a high end vehicle... worth it to me.

Concur with your comment about larger screen e-readers

I have commented elsewhere in these discussions...

Hopefully Amazon will realize there is a market for the DX owner / user crowd.

perhaps only make several thousand a year... first come first serve until the next year..
those folks who's current DX require replacement can get what they desire..
there has to be some sort of marketing solution.. where the customer has an opportunity to get what they want.. and Amazon doesnt lose out on the $$ and keeps loyal customers happy..

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 8:41:25 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 9:34:43 AM PDT
A customer says:
Now that the Kindle DX is discontinued, it will be hard to buy a bigger than 6" e-ink reader, so to say that there are more e-ink devices with 6" screens sold than devices with larger screens is kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy. For me personally, a 6" screen is just too small and I am hoping that Amazon in the future again will offer me the choice that I want. You may have a point about the lighting system, though.

Before my Kindle DX I had an iRex iLiad 8.1" e-reader. iRex went bankrupt in 2010 (not surprisingly, as the iLiad's build quality was lousy), so their stuff is also "discontinued", I would guess (

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 9:36:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2012 9:43:26 AM PDT
A customer says:
I totally agree. And as to being a loyal customer: I buy more books than ever since I have my Kindle DX, and I now buy my books almost exclusively at Amazon ...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 9:42:22 AM PDT
A customer says:
If and when my Kindle DX breaks down, I will certainly consider the paperwhite (as I said in my first post: I love the specs, and I read some quite positive reviews too). But I am kind of hoping that by the time my DX decides to die on me, there will be an alternative with similar dimensions as the DX.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 9:42:55 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 9:50:02 AM PDT
A customer says:
You are right, "inferior" was maybe not the best choice of word. I only used it to try and charge the discussion a bit.

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 9:58:22 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
During much of its life, the DX was cheaper than anything else of comparable size, including tablets... and it was still a slow seller.

Now Amazon is offering an 8.9" tablet that is comparable to or superior to the DX in every way except performance under bright ambient lighting. Most of the market for a larger screen will prefer the much more comprehensive capabilities of the 8.9" Fire for the things the DX was best at.

A sad reality for those who will have to replace dying DXes and don't want to change to a smaller reader or to a tablet, but when you're in a niche...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 12:11:15 PM PDT
Oz Yankee says:
Smaller screens were less costly... ergo many purchased the smaller screened Kindles perhaps because of the DX sticker shock...

More folks could afford the smaller screened Kindles...
Ergo more sales for the economy Kindle
NOT inferior.. but..

Much akin to how some folks drive small economy cars.. others drive big luxury SUV's

Nothing wrong with those who drive either...

...just pointing out that those who enjoyed the DX version no longer have a option to replace with something comparable when their current DX stops working.

Concerning the paperwhite screen size technology... look at the size &cost of large flat screen televisions... years ago... Huge cost for only a 30 inch.. look at the size cost of flat screens these days.. many many dollars less for a bigger product then 5 or 10 years ago.

the technology and costs for a Kindle paperwhite DX is attainable..

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 12:11:58 PM PDT
Oz Yankee says:
Again I concur..

I have purchase many books from Amazon since I obtained by DX

I also noticed that I no longer spend hours at a bookstore.. that time is now spent on my couch perusing the books here..

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 12:33:43 PM PDT
I'm another DX owner/lover. I keep eyeballing some of the new Kindles, but I really only use the DX for reading and love the larger screen. I wouldn't use most of the other features that are offered in the new versions, so I have to keep reminding myself that I really don't need another Kindle!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 4:29:43 PM PDT
Oz Yankee says:
What Mother Beaver said....

I use my DX for reading...

currently use for the other features...

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 5:42:03 AM PDT
Debi says:
Hopefully mine will last a long time.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 9:57:51 PM PDT
La Callas says:
I sincerely hope Amazon isn't holding hope that DX owners will move to a Kindle Fire as an alternative; we wanted a Kindle in the first place, over the iPad, due to the "reading in the sunlight" issue; if I wanted to read on a backlit screen, I'd do so on my iPad. For me, reading on an iPad or Kindle Fire makes me cry; my eyes get tired and I can't read on a plane for more than an hour. The paper white technology would be perfect on a larger screen. I'd gladly pay DX pricing for it. Here's holding out for a DX Paper White :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2012 10:06:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2012 10:06:43 PM PDT
I agree. I have an eyestrain when focusing on an LCD screen like Kindle Fire, iPad or laptop for an extended period of time. That's why most people would rather print a 300 page PDF file rather than reading it with their laptop.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012 2:51:08 AM PDT
I have the same desire for wanting a larger screen than the tiny 6" one which requires the use of the the smallest font size just to get a decent amount on a 'page'. But I do understand that there must have been little/ poor demand for this, thus the DX is no longer available. I really wish now that I had purchased it in the beginning. The Fire is great for a lot of things - it's much more than a reader, which is all I really want - but it seems the LCD screen would be difficult to read in high ambient light environments eg. beach/ outdoors, not to mention the problem of glare. So it's not really an option for someone like me who just wants to great eReader.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012 7:51:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 1, 2012 8:01:13 AM PDT
You can still buy it from 3rd party sellers.,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=48b15a8ec9fc7afe&bpcl=37189454&biw=1600&bih=743

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 9:07:10 AM PDT
M. Soar says:
I have my "main" DX and then my backup DX for parts. (I didn't plan it that way - I lost the original DX, bought a replacement, and then the first DX was returned.) I use the DX for reading at home in my favorite chair (the one that has very good lighting nearby). I also have a Paperwhite for travel and for reading at night. (Plus a laptop, a Kindle Fire HD, an iPad v1.)

Since the DX is pretty much a large Kindle v2, as far as firmware/software, I figure it's got maybe another 5-7 years as being compatible with Amazon's current book standards - plus I copy my content over to my hard drive frequently to back favored books up in their current format.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 6:28:47 PM PST
Salisbury says:
I like a page that is like the size of a hardcover book, not lousy paperback size. I have both the DX and an ipad. The Kindle app for ipad is poor, unlike the Barnes & Noble one that lets me customize the background color to find a theme that doesn't strain my eyes. If I read an Amazon ebook, I use my DX.

I would be first in line to buy a DX sized paperwhite. I have tried and disliked the Kindle Fire line and also the new BN HD+ tablet (shocked at how poor it is for reading - it is like the contrast and colors are off) and Nook HD. All of them cause eye strain. Mainly I buy B & N Nook books and use their ipad app's brown/grey background "Mocha" theme to read Nook books. All I use the DX for now is sample chapters and the free books you can borrow via Prime membership.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 5:24:35 AM PST
Leonardo C. says:
Does the DX have a 'landscape mode'? If not, the landscape mode of smaller models might make up for it. I have a Kindle Touch and read exclusively like this.
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