Now that Amazon has launched two new Kindle eReaders, you might be wondering what happens to one of the oldest models the company still sells. Amazon hasn’t updated its 9.7 inch Kindle DX since earlier 2010, and while it doesn’t show up when you search for Kindle devices at Amazon, earlier this year we noticed you could still buy an international model with 3G capabilities for $199.

And you still can… if you’re patient.

Amazon is still taking orders for the Kindle DX, but it has an expected ship date of 3 to 5 months.

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The Amazon Kindle DX has a 9.7 inch, 1200 x 824 pixel grayscale E Ink display. It has 4GB of storage space, stereo speakers, a 3.5mm audio jack, and support for text-to-speech. Unlike most recent models, it also has a keyboard below the screen and page turn buttons on the sides, but no touchscreen.

The eReader measures 10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″ and weighs about 1.2 pounds. That makes it the biggest member of Amazon’s Kindle line of eReaders… but it’s also got the biggest screen, which could still appeal to folks who prefer a big display for large print or for reading eBooks on virtual pages closer in size to a hardcover book than a mass market paperback.

This model supports WiFi and 3G from AT&T in the US as well as some international GSM networks.

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7 replies on “Amazon’s 9.7 inch Kindle DX eReader is still available for $199… kinda”

  1. Absolutely agree with ‘sails’ and others on this – the market is begging for a larger format reader screen that can handle multiple formats. Sony has moved in the right direction but the limited formats and price point doesn’t quite cut it > manufacturers won’t know this until somebody makes it and dominates the market…. there is a large pool of professionals waiting for something like this….

  2. I still have an older Kindle e-reader with E-Ink screen. When I just want to read a book or look up a word, it is really good to use. Mine does not have a touch screen but I am ok with it. IMO, not everything needs to be updated if it still works as designed.

  3. i don’t know why i should buy another “small” kindle, but a new one of those would be bought immediately.

    it’s no good for everyday use, but if i have to read something other than amazon-bought-ebooks, it would mean a huge difference.
    Then again i got my tablet(ish)-thingy for that…

  4. Like that wide screen good for reading, But does Kindle supported app like clippings. io I been using this app for managing my notes, because I post a lot blog and do some highlights on my report.

  5. The Kindle DX model for the US has only cell data by ATT up to 3G without any Wifi. The Kindle 3 for US had cell data plus Wifi.

    I have two 6″ Eink readers and two Kindle DX readers. I never use my 6″ readers because the DX is better in ways that really matter. One DX has the 3.2.1 firmware mod and the other still has the 2.5.8 factory firmware. Both run the Cool Reader 3 for wonderful display of EPUB files. Both have a variety of custom PDF reader programs much improved over the stock Amazon PDF reader. The 9.7″ screen is a little small for most PDF files so a 12″ eInk screen would be even better.

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