Amazon Kills Off The Kindle DX

    October 15, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Did you, or anybody you know, ever purchase the Kindle DX? Did the idea of a 9.7-inch e-reader excite you? If so, you’re probably in the minority. At least, that’s what Amazon thinks as the company has discontinued the Kindle DX.

If you check out the Amazon Kindle Store this morning, you’ll notice that the Kindle DX is no longer a member of the Kindle Family. If you specifically search for it, you’ll notice that it’s only available through third-party retailers. All of this points to the Kindle DX being discontinued in favor of other Kindle products.

This isn’t the first Kindle product that Amazon has killed off in the past few months. The Kindle Touch was killed off without even a mention from Amazon right before the company’s Kindle event. In that particular case, it was pretty obvious that the Kindle Paperwhite was meant to replace the Touch. What about the Kindle DX though?

Amazon already has an answer – the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. The company’s larger tablet offering will be going on sale in November. It’s cheaper than the ridiculously expensive Kindle DX, and it offers the consumer much more in the way of entertainment consumption. The Kindle DX was just a big e-reader, whereas the Kindle Fire HD is positioned to do everything else.

Regardless, there are still some people who may just want a large e-reader. Perhaps the Kindle Paperwhite just isn’t doing it for them. We’ve reached out to Amazon to see if the company has any plans to bring back the Kindle DX in any way. We’ll update this story if we hear back.

For now, Kindle DX fans can pick up the tablet from authorized resellers for about $230. At that price, you’re probably better off just getting the new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. Amazon even thinks you should as the new tablet shows up in searches for the Kindle DX.

[h/t: The eBook Reader]

  • Mark

    While I admit it is a niche, and a small one, the DX did have a place. The two niches that come to mind: 1) People with very poor vision. 2) For reading of technical books.

    In the case of #1, the DX allowed people with poor vision to use the super larger font with more than two or three words per page showing as occurs on the standard 6″ Kindle with that font size. And e-ink is easier on the eyes for long periods of reading then the LCD of a tablet. (Plus it has better battery life.) I think Amazon is doing a real disservice to the blind and vision impaired communities by discontinuing the DX.

    I fall into the second group. While I read novels daily on my Kindle Keyboard and now my Kindle Paperwhite, I read my technical books on my DX. The 6″ screen of the standard Kindles is just too small to view code samples First there’s too much line wrapping. And the wrapping doesn’t follow coding conventions of how to wrap and indent. That makes it really hard to read the code at a glance. Second, there is not enough of the code on the screen at once. This again, makes it hard to take in the material. And I much prefer the e-ink technology over my tablet. I can read longer without eye strain. I can read in the sunlight. And the battery lasts weeks, not hours. I know I am not alone in this niche.

    Again, I know these are niches. But they are ones that were at least being served. Now, that is no longer true.

  • Jeff

    Just bought a Graphite model – Too bad it is gone – I like to read – PDFs as well as books – just read and the DX does the job.

  • Jeff

    Just bought one from a dealer – Love it for PDF and reading generally. Wish Amazon would find a way to bring something like it back.