Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Amazon slashes price on supersize Kindle

By Annalyn Censky, staff reporter

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- In its latest move in the e-reader wars, Amazon slashed the price on the supersize version of its Kindle by more than $100 on Thursday.

Seattle-based Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) said it will sell the next generation of its Kindle DX -- the 9.7-inch large-screen version of its portable reader -- for $379, a deep discount from the original $489 price tag. It's releasing the new version July 7, with pre-sale orders starting online today.

Like its smaller Kindle cousin, the DX offers free 3G wireless. The new version displays graphics and text 50% more clearly than its predecessor, Amazon said. It also comes in a graphite color, instead of the original white.

The announcement comes soon after rivals Amazon and Barnes & Noble (BKS, Fortune 500) sharply cut prices on their flagship e-readers. Barnes & Noble cut its Nook e-reader price tag to $199 last week and introduced a low-cost, Wi-Fi-only version for $149. Hours later, Amazon reduced the price of its regular Kindle -- which has a 6-inch screen -- to $189, down from $259.

But some savvy shoppers scored one even cheaper.

Deal-a-day site Woot.com, which on Wednesday announced it will be acquired by Amazon, offered the regular-sized Kindle for $149.99 on Thursday. The site had just under 5,000 units available, and sold out of them in less than nine hours.  To top of page

Search for Jobs

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 18,145.71 -16.64 -0.09%
Nasdaq 5,257.40 15.57 0.30%
S&P 500 2,141.16 -0.18 -0.01%
Treasuries 1.74 -0.01 -0.40%
Data as of 9:29pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Reynolds American In... 53.78 6.61 14.01%
Chesapeake Energy Co... 6.68 -0.23 -3.33%
AT&T Inc 37.49 -1.16 -3.00%
Microsoft Corp 59.66 2.41 4.21%
Bank of America Corp... 16.67 0.11 0.66%
Data as of Oct 21


The combo brings together AT&T's wireless and Internet business and DirecTV with Time Warner programming, including CNN, HBO and Warner Bros. More

Passes for the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington D.C. are 'sold out' through March 2017. More

An American vigilante hacker -- who calls himself "The Jester" -- has hacked the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in retaliation for attacks on American targets. More

The University of Illinois partnered with Coursera to launch one of the most affordable online MBA programs yet. More