Update coming to Kindle DX?

Update coming to Kindle DX?

Don’t get too excited yet, but I’ have seen something that might indicate an update is coming to the Kindle DX (or, I suppose, perhaps a new model of Kindle DX).

Here’s the story:

There is a graphic novel by Karen Marie Morning, available for pre-order for July 10:

Fever Moon (Graphic Novel)

It says it is only available for these devices:

  • Kindle
  • Kindle Touch
  • Kindle Fire
  • Kindle DX
  • Kindle for Android

That’s a very interesting list. I saw it at first and thought, “Oh, no…maybe they are dropping the Kindle Keyboard!”

That was before I realized it was a graphic novel.

What do all of these devices have in common?

Well, according to this very interesting page:

Enhanced Features for Kindle Books

they all have Kindle Panel View (which is designed for comics/graphic novels)…except for the Touch and the DX.

A reasonable hypothesis? The idea that the Touch is getting Panel View. Makes sense, since the Mindle (that’s what I call the $79/$109 model) has it.

However, might this also suggest that the Kindle DX is getting an update?

Maybe…it was last updated on June 14, 2010…about two years ago.

It could also use some updates to the PDF capability.

However…

It could also be that the DX is just considered large enough that Panel View (which enlarges one panel of a comic/graphic novel page at a time) isn’t necessary for it. On the other hand, Kindle for PC and Kindle for Mac aren’t listed, and they have big screens.

I could wildly speculate and say that an update to the KDX might come along with new models, which might mean the new models are coming by July 10th.

I’m not going to do that, though. ;)

I don’t consider an update for the KDX to be probable…but this is a little bit like being shown unicorn tracks. It’s not likely they are real, but you can’t help but get a little excited about it. :)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in theĀ I Love My Kindle blog.

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4 Responses to “Update coming to Kindle DX?”

  1. Harold Delk Says:

    Unicorn tracks aren’t real? You have shattered my dream.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Harold!

      Unicorns are too pure to leave tracks…when we play football with unicorns, it can be hard to tell if the catch was in or out of bound. ;)

  2. Tom Semple Says:

    Ah, so “Kindle” supports fixed-layout KF8 as advertised. I had been wondering if that were the case, since Kindle Touch does not.

    It’s curious that Kindle for iOS isn’t included in the list also, since it now supports fixed-layout KF8. I’m inclined to think the listing is in error.

    On the other hand, if a DX update is in the works, they will probably sell out their remaining inventory instantaneously.

    I do hope they get around to fixing personal documents service to support KF8. Ideally add ePub conversion to it as well.

  3. Martin Says:

    You’re teasing me Bufo! Just the other day, we discussed that the DX should be updated to allow for highlighting and note-taking in PDFs… at least that is my opinion.

    Now, if we want to be really wildly speculative and optimistic, we could suppose that the DX will be updated both to provide panel-view and to expand its feature set for PDFs.

    It may not be likely, but it is possible. I will refrain from performing my happy dance just yet. I suspect your theory regarding the DX’s larger screen is the most likely scenario… but I’m keeping hope alive anyway.

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