Kindle DX is now available with global wireless access, Amazon announced last night. Customers can pre-order new versions of the 9.7-inch e-reader with wireless content delivery in more than 100 countries. The new version of the device, which features auto-rotate capability and storage for up to 3,500 books, is priced at $489 and ships January 19.
The new Kindle DX replaces the Kindle DX with U.S. wireless, which was released in May 2009 and is no longer available. Kindle with global wireless, Amazon’s 6-inch reading device, was released in October 2009.
Ian Freed, v-p of Amazon Kindle, said, “Kindle DX with Global Wireless lets customers enjoy the ease of Whispernet wireless delivery of books, newspapers, magazines, blogs and documents while traveling in over 100 countries worldwide.” Kindle DX has more than double the surface area of Kindle’s 6-inch display, and its larger e- paper display has 16 shades of gray, which the company says means more area for graphic-rich content such as professional and personal documents, newspapers, magazines, and textbooks.
Much of the early speculation about the Kindle DX focused on its ability to deliver newspapers, and with global wireless, more than 80 U.S. and international newspapers can now be delivered wirelessly in some 100 countries and territories.