Amazon’s Kindle 3 goes to college

5 May 2009

With Amazon planning to launch a bigger version of its current ebook reader, the Kindle, later this week, the new device will apparently be targeting newspaper readers and college students with a larger format suitable for textbooks.

According to the Wall Street Journal, people familiar with the new device say there are six universities involved in a Kindle project that will see students use the large screen version to read textbooks across chemistry and computer science, among other subjects.

The six US universities involved in the project set to kick off this autumn are: Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Pace, Princeton, Reed, Darden School at the University of Virginia, and Arizona State University.

While the Kindle device’s newest model – which debuted earlier this year in February – had a web browser, it was labelled as ‘experimental’ by the firm. However, the newer, larger model is expected to have a more browser-friendly experience.

Although Amazon’s latest model – the Kindle 2 – has much improved technology, including better battery power, 3G wireless and more storage, the forthcoming bigger screen version is raising questions about the popularity and sales of the current model.

However, Amazon does not release data or figures on stock sold or shipped specifically in relation to the Kindle, although it has stated in the past the product sells well.

By Marie Boran