4 Minute Roundup: Kindle DX; Google vs. Newspapers

    by Mark Glaser
    May 8, 2009

    Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. This week I look at the unveiling of the new wide-screen Kindle DX aimed at newspaper, magazine and college textbook readers. Will people pay $489 for it? Plus, I look at the AP and News Corp.‘s moves against Google, with the AP playing hardball for running content in Google News. Meanwhile, Google is now under the antitrust microscope for its deal with book publishers and having its CEO Eric Schmidt on Apple’s board of directors. Plus, I ask “Just One Question” to Roger Fidler, program director for digital publishing at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

    Check it out:

    4MR pocast 5-8-09.mp3

    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    Amazon’s big-screen Kindle DX makes its debut at News.com


    Kindle DX: larger format may rekindle publishers’ hopes in the future at Times of London

    Why Kindle DX Won’t Save Newspapers at PC World

    Kindle-ing while newspapers burn at Reflections of a Newsosaur

    AP’s Curley Has Fightin’ Words For Google at Forbes

    Murdoch: Get Ready to Pay for Our Stuff Online-But Not on a Kindle at AllThingsD

    Execs reveal why newspapers don’t block Google at News.com

    Justice Dept. Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into Google Books Deal at NY Times

    Few Match Google; Does That Make It a Monopoly? at Wall Street Journal

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    Tagged: amazon google kindle dx paid content rji
    • I am pretty sure that Amazon is banking on the main feature that sets the New Kindle DX apart from other Ebook Readers is that it is Larger. It has the over 40 crowd looking at it because they will be able to see the text better. If you are not over forty then you will not appreciate that your vision up close will deteriorate. I always told my Dad that my vision would stay perfect. Boy was I wrong!
      Lots of people like to read on their computers but it will be much easier to just hold something like the size of a magazine when you are on the Fly. The Kindle DX is 11″ x 8 1/2″ and 1/3 of an inch thick. It even ha s a read aloud option which would come in handy while driving.http://kindle-dx-site.com

    • I’ve bought a Kindle DX few weeks ago at Revolution Store and I’m really impressed with it. It’s wonderful. I love it.

    • pando


      Amazon is offering refurbished Kindle DX for only $399!!! I’m gonna buy mine right now.

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