Amazon's Kindle comes to Oz

Amazon's Kindle comes to Oz

Summary: Amazon's hyped e-reader Kindle is coming to Australia, with plans for the device to begin shipping on 19 October.

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Amazon's hyped e-reader Kindle is coming to Australia, with plans for the device to begin shipping on 19 October.

The Kindle
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Until now, the popular e-reader has only been available to customers in the US. Now, however, the Kindle is being sold in countries across the globe.

International readers, including those from Australia can pre-order the device on this site. The price for the international Kindle sits at US$279. A spokesperson for the company said that there would likely be an Australian price but it had not been released as yet.

The reader can either download books via USB or by 3G or 2G wireless, without any mobile contracts. To operate in Australia the company will likely have done a deal with an Australian carrier for use of its 3G network, but the spokesperson could not give any information on which carrier had been selected.

A spokesperson for VHA said it hadn't signed a deal with the bookseller. Telstra has yet to respond to queries. Optus said it "had nothing to confirm". On the site, however, it is possible to check wireless coverage that the device will access, which seems to be quite extensive.

The coverage
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The device weighs around a third of a kilo and is 203.2mm by 134.6mm by 9.1mm. It has 2GB internal storage, with around 1.4GB available for user content, which Amazon says will store up to 1500 books. With one charge, the reader will operate for up to four days.

The reader can download books from leading publishers such as Penguin in less than 60 seconds according to Amazon, as well as automatically receiving newspaper and magazine subscriptions. It also has the ability to read other document formats such as PDF.

According to our colleagues at our sister site CNET.com, the Amazon Kindle is not perfect, but its built-in wireless capabilities and user-friendly interface keep it atop the e-book reader heap in the US. Read their full review of the device here.

Topics: Amazon, Government AU

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  • Kindle In OZ

    This is awesome... I have long been waiting for this day........
    anonymous
  • why bother?

    another device with another proprietery format, why would anyone bother? are there any devices that can't view pdf's or .txt or .doc formats? why add another to the mix...and at over $250, it ONLY views ebooks?
    anonymous
  • Read the summary again.

    It says "It also has the ability to read other document formats such as PDF."

    If you're an OpenOffice user you can export directly to a PDF file. Other programs in Windows can print to PDF via cutePDF.

    Four days' usage appeals to me, but I hope that replaceable batteries and not toxic Lithium which needs factory-replacement inside 12-months.
    Treknology
  • Batteries

    Hmm.. I wonder why a device of this size won't take the standard AAA or AA batteries. I just hate it when they come with their own batteries that necessitates the headache of sending it back to the factory when the batteries wear out.

    Also all concerned should be aware that there are 3 kinds of Amazon eReader; the link seems to connect to the earliest, cheapest and least capable version. I'm wary of sales tricks. I fear that only this oldest version is being dumped on us "stupid Ozzies". If not, this seems to be an attempt to steer us to that oldest and un-sellable version (which, I think, can't read .PDFs)
    anonymous
  • CAREFUL! DON'T BUY---YET!

    "Oh I've waited SO long for this!"
    "At last! I can look forward to day-long reads at the beach!" etc etc. My thoughts were exactly on these lines.

    But wait!

    We should be aware that there are 3 kinds of Amazon eReader; the link seems to connect to what they call "the international Kindle" which seems to be the same as the earliest, cheapest and least capable version. I'm wary of sales tricks. I fear that only this oldest version is being dumped on us "stupid Ozzies". Buyers beware; I believe only later versions can read PDFs (and other formats).

    If I'm wrong, then this seems to be an attempt to steer us to that oldest and most un-sellable version (which, as I say, probably can't read .PDFs)
    anonymous
  • Won't be buying

    Its a proprietary format and distribution which locks you into Amazon.

    e Book pricing is 40% higher than for the US, in real terms.

    Update and load over mobile phone network rather than internet

    Nice idea but too many caveats to consider buying it.
    anonymous
  • Will never buy

    made the mistake of buying a proprietary device before.. it's all good until... you wan to change.. and you can't because you can't transfer your books..
    nop I happy with an open standard device like the BeBook.. What's even better, you can have a look at the device before you buy it.. in the co-op bookstore..
    anonymous