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Amazon Kindle e-book reader goes international

by Parm Mann on 7 October 2009, 10:47

Tags: Kindle reader, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)

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Following an initial launch back in November 2007, Amazon has today announced that the latest generation of its popular Kindle e-book reader will be made available to customers around the world starting October 19th.

The reader, pictured right, measures just 9mm thick and weighs a fraction over 10 ounces. Kindle features built-in 3G wireless connectivity, enabling it to download entire e-books in under 60 seconds, and a 6in e-Ink display promises to "look and read like real paper".

Kindle has already become Amazon's bestselling product in the U.S., and although a UK release has been eagerly anticipated, the October 19th international arrival isn't without a handful of inconveniences.

First and foremost, Amazon doesn't yet appear to have a UK product page available. Instead, customers will be able to order Kindle from at a cost of $279 - but you'll need to add on $20.98 for shipping, and $45 for import fees. That brings the grand total up to $344.98 (roughly £215).

Furthermore, Amazon has confirmed that the device will continue to ship with a U.S. power adapter - irrespective of customer location - and that e-books, newspapers, and magazines will remain priced and sold in United States dollars. Adding insult to injury, customers are also advised that blogs and the experimental Kindle web browser will be unavailable in the UK.

The good news is that a UK version of the Kindle product page is in the pipeline, and Amazon has teamed up with a number of newspapers to provide downloadable content to UK customers from the likes of The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail.

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Needs to halve in price to really start to be attractive. Get it down to £99 with an english plug etc throw in a voucher for 2 or 3 free books to get you going. Allow a 50p (or even better free) kindle copy of any real book you buy or have brought with the same amazon account and then you have a great product to really change how people read.

At £215 along with all the current inconviences it's a niche product imo. £215 is alot of books. At £99 it starts to hit Christmas present territory, at £215 its just impossible to justify.
It's far too expensive in my opinion. And given the fact that we don't even get the correct webpage or power adapter its obvious that this is a half assed affair. Why would anyone buy it until they commit to do it right?

Also the hassle of getting it from the US and the added expense is a joke. Does that mean if it breaks we've to send it back there too? No thanks :P
What an inept UK launch.

Too expensive and the design is pretty useless too.

Didnt ASUS announce a dual display ebook recently? Now if that also has software to let me do the crossword and sudoko (and killer sudoko) in my favourite newspaper and sells for £100-150 then that would be my choice.