Amazon to Release New, Larger Kindle?
Expecations are high that at its May 6 press conference Amazon will announce a new, larger version of its Kindle e-reading device. In fact, an article in The New York Times leaves little doubt that this will be the case.
The Times article mentions that a number of larger-format (the size of a piece of paper) e-readers are due out this year, "from a range of companies, including the News Corporation, the magazine publisher Hearst and Plastic Logic."
But, as the article reports, "It is Amazon, maker of the Kindle, that appears to be first in line to try throwing an electronic life preserver to old-media companies. As early as this week, according to people briefed on the online retailer’s plans, Amazon will introduce a larger version of its Kindle wireless device tailored for displaying newspapers, magazines and perhaps textbooks. An Amazon spokesman would not comment, but some news organizations, including The New York Times, are expected to be involved in the introduction of the device, according to people briefed on the plans. A spokeswoman for The Times, Catherine J. Mathis, said she could not comment on the company’s relationship with Amazon."