Amazon confirms international launch for Kindle

News reported by BBC Technology explains the upcoming launch of the Amazon Kindle eBook reader to the UK and other worldwide markets.

Currently, the most advertised eBook reader available in the UK is the Sony Digital Book reader - available in select book stores. The addition of the Amazon Kindle to the market will provide UK eBook fanatics with more choice not only in terms of readers, but will provide the UK users with a wider range of publications to read. The Kindle store is reported to offer over two hundred thousand English Language titles to customers. "Hundreds of publishers are signed up including Penguin, Faber and Faber, and HarperCollins."

Previously only available for avid readers in the US since November 2007; according to the BBC, Amazon predicts it will have sold a million units by the end of the year. Expected as soon as October the 19th internationally, Amazon have said that the global version will run over the 3G network. Although, Amazon has not specified which networks will provide coverage for the device. Using the 3G network internationally was born out of difficulties with making the Kindle's wireless download system work in Europe. This, according to the BBC will mean that Kindle owners out of a 3G signal area will have to transfer content onto their Kindle through a more traditional USB cable.

"We have millions of customers in countries all over the world who read English-language books. Kindle enables these customers to think of a book and download it in less than 60 seconds," said Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Neowin have previously reported how Apple's up and coming Tablet have made publishers of magazines and newspapers concerned, Amazon have also entered this market. In May this year, they announced a new generation of the device, the Kindle DX - aimed at the reading of newspapers, magazines and documents.

The European version of the Kindle will begin shipping as soon as October 19th and will have a $279 (£175) price tag - a massive saving of $87.42 (£54.99) compared to the price of the Sony Digital Book Reader.

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Neowin have previously reported how Apple's up and coming Tablet have made publishers of magazines and newspapers concerned, Amazon have also entered this market. In May this year, they announced a new generation of the device, the Kindle DX - aimed at the reading of newspapers, magazines and documents.

I don't like this wording...

There might be a saving of £55 but if I order from Amazon.com I'm going to get hit with customs charges and the post office/courier will charge me a small fortune on top to claim them!

International means.... NOT in Canada. Thanks Amazon!

Canada
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to ship Kindles or offer Kindle content in Canada. We are working to make Kindle available to our Canadian customers as soon as possible.