This Wednesday, at Pace University, Amazon will unveil the next new product in their line-up. This comes as a big surprise, as Amazon just revealed the Kindle 2 to the world back in February, but confirms the rumor we reported earlier today.
We've got no details on the new gizmo as of yet, but considering the fact that Amazon is partnering with the New York Times to make it, means it is most likely a big-screen media reader. Newspaper companies are hemorrhaging money right now, and I'm sure the idea of a paper-sized print reader is very appealing to them. It could be a way to get consumers to start paying for their newspapers again. Customers would just have to subscribe to the paper, and it would be 'delivered' to their reader every morning.
Of course, Amazon hasn't confirmed any of that just yet. Their press-invitation didn't give any hints as to the new device's identity.
A large-sized print reader would be a very nifty gadget to have around. It would be fantastic for browsing the Internet swiftly and intuitively, or for use as a digital notepad that takes up less space than other, bulkier devices. I don't think it will gain much success as the 'next-generation' method of reading the paper, though.
The print industry isn't dead, but people have found that they can get more information about the world for free through the Internet. And, while the Internet isn't always the least biased or most accurate source for new information, an increasing amount of quality journalism is being done exclusively in the digital arena. The Times and their fellow giants of yesteryear need to take a page out of the Christian Science Monitor's playbook and switch to being fully online publications already. Adaptation is the only way to survive. Update: Kindle DX aka Kindle 3 Photos leaked. Update: Kindle DX official and available for Pre-order.