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Report: Large-Form Kindle to Target Textbooks and Newspapers

The Wall Street Journal says a large-form Kindle — rumored to make its debut tomorrow — will be partially targeted at the textbook market:

Beginning this fall, some students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland will be given large-screen Kindles with textbooks for chemistry, computer science and a freshman seminar already installed, said Lev Gonick, the school’s chief information officer. The university plans to compare the experiences of students who get the Kindles and those who use traditional textbooks, he said.

There’s also considerable discussion about the impact a large-form Kindle could have on newspapers and magazines. Large-form e-readers from Plastic Logic (due in 2010) and iRex (currently avaialble) are aimed at the same business/media-consumer market.

We’ll know full details after tomorrow’s Amazon press conference.

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Comments: 5

  1. i’m so very glad we didn’t have to put up with
    ten thousand blog entries from the rumor sites
    pre-announcing this thing a year in advance…


  2. In the field of large-form e-readers aimed for newspapers, don’t forget Hearst’s initiatives with its backing of FirstPaper.

  3. xavier badosa said:
    > don’t forget

    gosh, xavier, that’s a great example of the needless vapor-spin
    that i just said i was so relieved we didn’t have to put up with…

    if/when hearst has an actual product available for sale, _then_
    point to it. in the meantime, don’t bother to waste our time…


  4. I don’t put much stock in the e-readers being developed by publishing organizations. That’s like CBS manufacturing plasmas.

  5. well, i wouldn’t discount them out of hand.

    but until something ships, vapor is vapor…

    and that’s the only sensible attitude to take,
    since we’ve been stalled out for a long time,
    waiting around for things that came _long_
    after the time they were promised, or even
    not at all…