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announced the international release of the Kindle DX, its e-reader with a larger 9.7-inch screen display.

Amazon said the Kindle DX with global wireless capability is available for pre-order starting Wednesday for $489 at the company's Web site and begins shipping on Jan. 19.

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Amazon began selling a Kindle device with a 6-inch screen in October and says the device has been shipped to more than 130 countries.

Kindle DX wirelessly downloads books, magazines, newspapers and personal documents. It includes a native PDF reader, auto-rotate capability and storage for up to 3,500 books, Amazon said.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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