Amazon will begin selling its larger Kindle e-reader internationally for the first time later this month, following the roll out of the smaller version of the device in October.
The Kindle DX will ship to over 100 countries for $489 from 19 January, and is currently available for pre-order. The device has a 9.7-inch electronic paper display – 2.5 times the surface area of the original Kindle’s 6-inch display. The DX’s display has 16 shades of gray and more area for graphic-rich content such as newspapers and textbooks.
Like its predecessor, the Kindle DX uses 3G wireless technology to downloads books, magazines, newspapers and personal documents. It includes a PDF reader, auto-rotate capability and storage for up to 3,500 books.
"We’re excited to be able to offer Kindle DX to customers worldwide so they can carry all of their personal documents along with their whole library in one slender package," said Ian Freed, vice president of Amazon Kindle.
The Kindle Store offers more than 200,000 English-language books from over 1,000 different rights-holders, including publishers such as Faber and Faber, HarperCollins and Penguin.