Apart from unveiling the new, larger screen Kindle DX, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos announced that subscriptions for the Washington Post, NYT and its troubled NYTCo sibling The Boston Globe will offer reduced monthly Kindle subscriptions. But as Amazon’s press release points out: only in areas where home delivery doesn’t already exist. After the big build-up at the press conference, this detail is very anti-climactic.
Bezos was otherwise vague on the details and didn’t say how much the prices would be reduced or when. NYTCo (NYSE: NYT) Publisher Arthur Sulzberger (see photo at right) made an appearance to praise the Kindle. He made a point of noting that Kindle makes the NYT and The Globe available to people who can’t get home delivery — not “won’t,” perhaps suggesting that a cutback in home delivery could be just as much a part of the publishers’ future as e-books. Sulzberger did not hang around the press briefing afterward to answer questions.