For the longest time I've wanted to know what it would be like to have an E-ink monitor, and now it looks like I will finally have the chance.
A hacker going by the name of TinyApps has posted instructions on how to convert the Kindle DX into a second display. This is a tethered solution, not wireless, so you'll need to dig out your USB cable. The instructions are also OSX only, so Windows users are out of luck for a change.
You can find the instructions over on TinyApps.org, but if you just want to see it in action scroll down for the video.
It doesn't look terribly useful to me at lest not how it is implemented in the video. The refresh rate is slow, of course, but the real issue is that the screen is tethered. Half the value of having the DX as a second display would be to get away from my desk with it.
I think the similar hack for the Nook Touch might be better. That one works over Wifi. Of course, it probably also requires an Android app, so it's out of the question for the DX (at the moment).
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:
"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."