Amazon to Roll Out Kindle for Textbooks

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2009 7:57 AM CDT
Jeff Bezos, chairman and CEO of Amazon.com, unveils the Kindle 2 electronic reader Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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(Newser) – Amazon will unveil a bigger new version of the Kindle tomorrow, designed to handle textbooks and periodicals, the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon already has deals in place with several textbook publishers for content, and with various universities, including Princeton, Reed College, and Arizona State, to get the device into students’ hands. Students at Case Western Reserve University will be given Kindles as early as this fall, with some textbooks already loaded in.

The larger screen Kindle will also boast a more advanced web browser. Several magazine and newspaper publishers will also be at Amazon’s press conference tomorrow, including the New York Times Company and Time Inc. Though the current Kindle offers magazines and newspapers, publishers have complained that they can’t interact with customers or sell advertising for the device. (Read more Kindle stories.)