Amazon announced a new, large-screen Kindle aimed at the newspaper and education market. Engadget has a hands-on here. It is reported to have a larger display and screen that will auto-rotate when you change the device's orientation, and, at $ 489, is quite a bit more expensive than the Kindle 2. Amazon states that it is entering into deals with major textbook publishers and certain universities. The Chronicle of Higher Education [subscription required] noted on May 6, 2009 that:
"This week The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon plans to work with a handful of universities on a pilot project featuring Kindles loaded with textbooks. Officials at the institutions named in the article—Arizona State University, Case Western Reserve University, Pace University, Princeton University, Reed College, and the University of Virginia's business school—refused to reveal details, citing nondisclosure agreements."
In addition, Amazon announced that the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe will offer reduced priced for long-term Kindle subscriptions.
Kindledude's current read is The Book of Night Women by Marlon James, and I hope to have a review soon.