Kindle comes to Oz!!

Amazon has just done two things. It’s dropped the price on its Kindle 2 – now it’s US$259 which is pretty ho-hum. Far more interestingly, it’s announced an international edition with a gsm radio for US$279. According to technologizer:

More intriguingly, Amazon has added a $279 variant that uses a GSM radio to let you download content in a hundred countries around the world. (In the U.S., it’s powered by AT&T; other Kindles use Sprint’s network.) You pay a $1.99 surcharge to download books outside the U.S. (reasonable enough) and the same free to download a single issue of a magazine (pricey!). Amazon is taking pre-orders now says the new version will ship on October 19th.

I guess that means we can buy them down here. According to the country info page:

We are excited to now ship Kindle to Australia. Customers in Australia will enjoy:

Books in Under 60 Seconds: Think of a book and you could be reading it in under a minute
Free Wireless: Free 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle. No monthly fees, service plans, or hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots. See Coverage MapSee Wireless Terms and Conditions
Large Selection: Over 280,000 English-language books to choose from; plus U.S. and international newspapers and magazines
Low Book Prices: New York Times® Best Sellers and New Releases are $11.99, unless marked otherwise. You’ll also find many books for less – over 100,000 titles are priced under $5.99

So many questions. I wonder who the telephone carrier is here. And I wonder what it means for the parallel importation debate ($2 more for an int’l kindle title by the looks of things – probably for the wireless access fee). And I wonder if the iphone app will turn up on the Australian app store. And if I can buy kindle titles on the web store. And. And. And…

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4 comments so far

  1. Kat at Book Thingo on

    Not sure if PIR is an issue–I don’t think it covers ebooks. However, geo restrictions might be an issue. One of the biggest unknown seems to be what titles will be available to Australian Kindle users.

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  3. shermanfyoung on

    Yeah, that’s what I was getting at; it’s yet another way to bypass that debate. Title availability *will* be interesting. Amazon’s site suggests that all kindle books will be available but I wonder what Int’l rights holders will think of that. They seem to have tightened up on Fictionwise availability globally over the last six months or so.

  4. Kat at Book Thingo on

    I wonder if there will be a flow the other way – i.e. more Australian titles being released as ebooks. I don’t understand why local publishers haven’t used ebooks as a way to get their books into overseas markets (unless it’s because they’re hoping to get overseas print rights first and ebooks would make this more difficult?).


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