Here is what Eric Engleman at TechFlash is reporting….
Amazon.com generated a lot of headlines this week by taking its Kindle reader international, giving it the ability to wirelessly download books and other content in more than 100 countries. But the global rollout was strictly for the entry-level Kindle. Now Amazon is confirming plans to launch its other Kindle, the larger screen DX, internationally "sometime next year."
Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener provided no further detail. In the U.S., Amazon is targeting the Kindle DX at university students (for reading textbooks digitally) and newspaper readers (who might favor the larger screen). At $489, the DX is expensive compared to other electronic readers on the market. Perhaps Amazon will cut the price on the DX in conjunction with an international launch, just as it did with the smaller Kindle (which went from $299 to $259).
Considering that the Kindle DX is not exactly bringing home all As, or even passing marks at it’s Princeton tests (reported on by myself HERE and Ctitanic HERE) this may not be the best of moves for Amazon. Of course, since there is every indication that Q1 of 2010 will see a slew of new models of Ebook Reader hitting the global market, they may not have any choice but to solidify their position now while the field is still fairly clear.