Amazon Supposedly Cancels Kindle DX
Here’s some bad news for fans of the larger-sized e-book readers: a report suggests that Amazon has taken pretty firm steps, which indicate that its 9.7-inch Kindle DX would no longer be available for purchase, effectively ending the troubled three-year life of the said e-book reader.
According to The-eBook-Reader.com, the online retail giant has pulled the Kindle DX from its listings as well as the various comparisons and features on the Kindle line of e-book readers. The delisting came a week after the reader received an $80 price cut, which brought down the asking price to $299.
The Kindle DX has been the subject of several special price cuts over the years, including a slash to $259 last November, and a “fire sale” discount to $269 two months ago. These price cuts haven’t really helped add to the viability of the e-book reader.
The device’s original $379 asking price was substantially more expensive than other Kindles, and the emergence of the iPad in the year after it was introduced posed an even more dangerous challenge to the Amazon-made device.
With the introduction of the Kindle Fire HD, the Kindle DX was essentially made redundant in Amazon’s line-up. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD’s WiFI-only models are priced at $299 and $369, and give a full-featured tablet experience that may have better prospects for mainstream adoption.
For those who still crave the Kindle DX’s large e-ink reader capabilities, third-party sellers on Amazon still offer the device used for $230. There were some rumors that a “Paperwhite” version of the Kindle DX was in the works, but we’ll have to wait and see whether or not these reports are accurate.