Kindle DX’s Price Tag Daunting – PC World

When it comes to e-readers, the hype machine has gotten ahead of the reality. Earlier this week, photos of the super-slim, sexy Plastic Logic Reader — not available until next year — circulated the ‘Net and graced a New York Times article on the coming wave of big-screen readers meant to display newspaper, magazine and textbook content.

Amazon’s Kindle DX, unveiled at a splashy media event in Manhattan last week, is a disappointment for anyone expecting something like Plastic Logic’s prototypes. It is, basically, a Kindle 2 with a bigger screen. The 9.7-inch display has twice the surface area of the Kindle 2’s six-incher. The DX includes a PDF reader, but that only raises the question of why the Kindle 2 doesn’t have one. The screen is still black and white. Don’t expect magazine publishers to get excited about shipping monochrome versions of their publications.

Many alternative readers are around but the media gives most coverage to Kindle and this is what they will do to you. Just nag about the price.

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