Black Friday: Kindle DX Slashed to $259

Amazon is offering the Kindle DX for just $259 today as part of its Black Friday promotion. The 9.7″ eReader usually sells for $379, sitting at the top of the Kindle heap in terms of size and price.

Amazon recently released a new series of Kindles that are more affordable, but the Kindle DX is the only one available with a display that’s the same size as iPad 2’s. This means fewer page turns and the ability to crank up font size without having to worry about having to flip pages too often.


With this Black Friday discount, the Kindle DX is still more expensive than the Kindle Fire, the new Amazon device that has a color display and the ability to run Android applications. A lot of people will prefer the versatility of the Kindle Fire, but it has a much smaller display and lacks 3G. The Kindle DX comes with a free 3G connection, which means you can buy and download books from just about anywhere. The Kindle DX can also go much longer between charges and has a display that does a better job of mimicking paper and ink.

As with most technology, there are tradeoffs in every technology purchase. The Kindle DX has physical buttons for flipping pages that some people don’t like. If you don’t absolutely need the larger display, I recommend checking out the new Kindle Touch or Kindle Touch 3G, which cost as low as $99 and $139 respectively.


Kindle DX
Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink DisplayKindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink DisplayKindle DX, Free 3G, 9.7" E Ink Display, 3G Works Globally
Display Size6″ diagonal6″ diagonal9.7″ diagonal
Display TypeE Ink PearlE Ink PearlE Ink Pearl
Size7.5″ x 4.8″ x 0.335″7.5″ x 4.8″ x 0.335″10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″
Weight8.5 ounces8.7 ounces18.9 ounces
Storage3,500 books3,500 books3,500 books
Battery Life (Wireless Off)1 month1 month2-3 weeks
Battery Life (Wireless On)3 weeks10 days7 days
Books in 60 SecondsKindle Wi-Fi has                         Books in 60 SecondsKindle 3G + Wi-Fi has                         Books in 60 SecondsKindle DX has                         Books in 60 Seconds
Free 3G WirelessKindle Wi-Fi does not have Free 3G WirelessKindle 3G + Wi-Fi has                         Free 3G WirelessKindle DX has                         Free 3G Wireless
Global Wireless Coverage100 countries and territories100 countries and territories
Wi-FiKindle Wi-Fi has                         Wi-FiKindle 3G + Wi-Fi has                         Wi-FiKindle DX does not have Wi-Fi
Native PDF SupportKindle Wi-Fi has                         Native PDF SupportKindle 3G + Wi-Fi has                         Native PDF SupportKindle DX has                         Native PDF Support
WhispersyncKindle Wi-Fi has                         WhispersyncKindle 3G + Wi-Fi has                         WhispersyncKindle DX has                         Whispersync
Worry-Free ArchiveKindle Wi-Fi has                         Worry-Free ArchiveKindle 3G + Wi-Fi has                         Worry-Free ArchiveKindle DX has                         Worry-Free Archive
Text-to-SpeechKindle Wi-Fi has                         Text-to-SpeechKindle 3G + Wi-Fi has                         Text-to-SpeechKindle DX has                         Text-to-Speech