Hey! So, these were on Woot a couple of days before Christmas, with an overnight shipping if you ordered early enough. Just like then, we had constant posts about the Kindle Fire. I am sure it's going to be said a lot, but they're not the same thing. It's like telling people to get a tablet instead of a laptop, or smart phone when they want a tablet.
Here's my review. Six months ago, I would not have been interested in the Kindle DX, but then I went to grad school. Much of my course reading is PDF's -- hundreds of pages of them. I'm also not allowed to use a laptop in most of my classes. So, I ended up having to *print* PDFs, which was insane. I'm an older student, so I have presbyopia, and that was making my course reading also hell.
The Kindle DX isn't for playing games. It's not the little thing you've seen in stores. It's a big e-ink display, suitable for reading PDF's, textbooks, or any book at higher font sizes. (YES, I know you can do that with other e-readers, but have you tried displaying big big fonts on those smaller screens? I can read faster than they refresh, at that rate.)
My sweetie has a Nook Color I got him for the holidays last year. It's great for being a mini-tablet and doing all those things the Kindle Fire does -- but it's tiring to read on. E-ink is *just* *less* *tiring* to read. If you're 19 years old, or maybe 23, you almost certainly don't have a problem with that. If you don't have to read 150 pages a day, you probably don't have a problem with it. If you don't spend 4 hours a night doing Arabic homework, you probably don't have a problem with reading exhaustion. But I'm not 23 (or 33, or 43) and I DO have those problems. For me, the Kindle DX has been a godsend.
So, look. Bottom line: It's a *great* deal -- the new ones are $379 on Amazon, and even used ones run more than this in most secondary markets, and don't come with Amazon's sweet 1 year warranty. If you do a lot of reading for classes, it's useful. If what you want is a cheap version of a tablet, get the Fire or the Nook. This is not that.