Amazon’s “Kindle DX”, the latest release in its range of similar products, is a new and improved version of its predecessors, “Kindle 2” and the earlier “Kindle”. Compared to the earlier versions, Kindle DX features an “accelerometer” which allows users to view pages of text in either landscape or portrait viewing options without having to manually adjust the screen. In other words, Kindle DX’s accelerometer automatically adjusts the screen view from landscape to portrait and vice versa.
By far, Kindle DX has the largest memory capacity of up to 4 Gigabytes and the largest screen display of 9. 1 inches featuring a 1200 by 824 pixel resolution. The target markets of Amazon’s Kindle DX are people who are in the academe and those who read for leisure. The huge listings of electronic books that are compatible with Kindle DX allows both students and teachers as well as researchers to immediately have access to thousands of books without the need of going to the library.
Students can easily have a copy of the books that they need and read them anytime and anywhere. The limited battery life of Kindle DX like its predecessors as well as its required internet connection for downloading, however, poses restrictions on the length of reading—unlike actual books which can be read without electricity—and the acquisition—or, more specifically, the downloading—of the electronic copies of books.
For now, Kindle DX is a sole competitor in the market. It does not have any brand or product competitor other than PDF and other electronic media browsers in mobile phones which are not in the same league as Kindle DX. Suffice it to say, though, that the main competitor of Kindle DX are the same books that it seeks to convert into electronic copies for, after all, there remains a different pleasure derived from reading tangible pages.