This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS - See his portfolio and get alerts BEFORE every trade. Learn more NOW!

Amazon Agitates for Digital Revolution

Updated from 3:47 p.m. EDT

Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) is looking to lure newspaper readers and students onto its electronic book technology with the Kindle DX, a device it launched Wednesday.

The online retailer took the wraps off its latest e-book offering in front of a crowd of journalists at New York's Pace University and is now eyeing a digital media revolution.

Capable of downloading books and other content via 3G wireless networks, the Kindle technology is touted as an alternative to traditional books, newspapers and magazines. The previous version of Kindle, however, offered a 6-inch screen, which was not well suited to viewing newspapers and textbooks.

"The fact of the matter is that, even with electronic paper, you need a big display," admitted Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO, explaining that the Kindle DX's screen is just under 10 inches.

Other new features of the Kindle DX include a built-in PDF reader, a keyboard for creating annotations, and an expanded capacity capable of storing 3,500 books. The reader also comes with "auto-rotation," enabling readers to view content in either portrait or landscape mode, simply by flipping the device.

In addition to the Kindle DX, Amazon also announced a slew of partnerships Wednesday, which hinted that e-book readers could be here to stay. A handful of big-name newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, will offer the Kindle DX at a reduced price to readers who live in areas where home delivery is not possible and who sign up for a long-term subscription.

This move could be significant. With ad revenues falling, newspapers are desperate to cut their production costs and open up new online revenue streams.

1 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
AAPL $130.42 1.26%
AMZN $384.80 -0.15%
NWS $16.86 -0.85%
FB $80.41 1.07%
GOOG $555.48 2.13%


DOW 18,214.42 -10.15 -0.06%
S&P 500 2,110.74 -3.12 -0.15%
NASDAQ 4,987.89 +20.7530 0.42%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs