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Amazon Pulls Out Cheaper Kindle DX Reader

Amazon has announced the launch of an updated version of the Kindle DX ebook reader which comes with a better screen and a lower price tag of only $379 down from $489.

The new Kindle DX has the same 9.7-inch screen but now claims to have a 50 per cent better contrast compared to the older one. In addition, it has a new graphite enclosure and keeps the free 3G wireless connectivity option with no monthly fees or annual contracts in more than 100 countries.

Customers in the UK will be able to buy the new Kindle DX reader from the 7th of July when it goes on sale in the US. Amazon's move come nearly a month after the official launch of the iPad and means that there is now a gap of $120 instead of $10 between the two rivals.

In related news, Woot, which has just been purchased by Amazon is selling the 6-inch model for $154.99 including shipping, a $34 discount compared to the original price of $189.

Amazon says that there are now more than 620,000 books available for the platform with an additional 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books, some of them classics, available for free.