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 Map. See 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…