Amazon Plans Large-Screen Kindle To Reignite Newspaper Business

The device's screen will be about the size of a standard sheet of paper, large enough for newspaper and magazine publishers to maintain their traditional format for articles and advertising.
Such devices could prove to be a lifesaver to the beleaguered newspaper and magazine industry, which has seen many advertisers shift spending to the Web. While the industry has tried to chase that money through its own Web sites, the revenue does not make up for the millions of dollars being lost in the offline world as people drop subscriptions in favor of free content on the Internet.

However, electronic readers have their shortcomings. Today's technology provides sharp black and white text and pictures that can be read in daylight, but color is not yet available and there's no video, all of which may make the devices unattractive to people used to the Web experience on a PC.

In addition, devices such as the Apple iPhone have software available to read content from newspapers and magazines. While such devices have small screens and lack the crisp text of e-readers, which use technology from the company E Ink, the gadgets may be good enough for many people. Amazon has released a free application called "Kindle for iPhone" that enables people to view e-books they've bought from the retailer.

E-readers also will face competition from other devices. For example, Apple is reportedly planning to release this year a tablet computer with a 10-inch touch screen.

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