Amazon: Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch are for US only

The blogosphere is alive with discussion about today’s announcements from Amazon, with many commentators and consumers in agreement that the company’s new products will have a profound effect on the e-book and tablet markets.

The introduction of a new, lower price point ($79USD) and refresh for the entry-level Kindle was a very welcome move, and the debut of two new touchscreen readers – one with Wi-Fi only ($99), the other with 3G and Wi-Fi ($149) – is certainly a logical progression in the Kindle story. The most dramatic announcement was clearly that of Amazon’s new full-colour touchscreen tablet, the Kindle Fire; at just $199, it significantly undercuts many other tablets on the market, even if it does without some of the features available on its rivals, such as 3G connectivity or an integrated camera.

Many users outside of the US will undoubtedly have been hoping for news that Amazon’s expanded Kindle portfolio, along with the tight integration of Amazon cloud and media services offered on the Kindle Fire, would signal a broader international availability of these devices. Unfortunately, a spokesperson for Amazon.co.uk told Pocket-lint that both the Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch will be available exclusively for the US market, crushing the hopes of British consumers intending to buy one of the new devices, and seemingly dashing any dreams of those in other markets that Amazon might be intending to officially launch Kindle hardware and stores in a wider selection of countries. The Amazon spokesperson did not give a reason for the company's decision to limit the new hardware's availability to the US only.

In the UK, the new non-touch Kindle is available to pre-order now for £89 (around $139) ahead of its release on October 12, but that's the only new Kindle hardware available for us Brits. As in the US, the previous models remain on sale on Amazon.co.uk under a new name, ‘Kindle Keyboard’, along with a very modest price drop to £109 ($170) for the Wi-Fi version, and £149 ($232) for the 3G + Wi-Fi model.

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well the kindle fire would be pointless in Canada from their point of view since they do not even sell digital music or digital movies.. so their is not point to sell a super cheap tablet if they will not make their money back in sales.. the standard kindle is all they can make money in these other countries where they just sell digital books.

AFineFrenzy said,
Dumbest thing Amazon could have done.
I see that being changed soon. They will have massive orders in US, that they won't be able to have many left for the rest of the world.

AFineFrenzy said,
Dumbest thing Amazon could have done.
I see that being changed soon. They will have massive orders in US, that they won't be able to have many left for the rest of the world.

mrbester said,
Grey import it is then. I'll get one of the guys in the US office to grab one and ship it over...

Ya but if only the browser works whats the point?

tylerc said,

Ya but if only the browser works whats the point?

You can manually add books.
Plus, the Project Gutenberg has direct support for Kindle device.

FMH said,
You can manually add books.
Plus, the Project Gutenberg has direct support for Kindle device.

I think he was referring to the Silk browser. Silk uses the Amazon servers as a back end to compress and optimise your web browsing experience. Amazon may very well restrict this feature to the US only.

Without this, you might as well just grab any old Android tablet and stick the Kindle app on it for the same effect.

TCLN Ryster said,

I think he was referring to the Silk browser. Silk uses the Amazon servers as a back end to compress and optimise your web browsing experience. Amazon may very well restrict this feature to the US only.

Without this, you might as well just grab any old Android tablet and stick the Kindle app on it for the same effect.


Opera Mini is that aspect of the Silk browser for the rest of us (Android, iOS, ...). This optimization is basically what it does, and why Opera Mini is quite popular for mobile browsing.

I was going to get my dad a Kindle for christmas and one of the new models would have been ideal. Typical though that something like that only gets a US relese, it's like MS's Zune, it still hasn't been released over here I would have preferred one of them to a crappy apple device.

BeLGaRaTh said,
I was going to get my dad a Kindle for christmas and one of the new models would have been ideal. Typical though that something like that only gets a US relese, it's like MS's Zune, it still hasn't been released over here I would have preferred one of them to a crappy apple device.

A crappy apple device with regular OS updates in your hand, is better than a discontinued unsupported and buried MS Zune.

Has it dropped at all? I though they'd been at £109 & £149 for some time now. My mother bought one 2 months ago for £109 at any rate.

It's not exactly a great deal anyway - skimping out on the £20 to get the new basic version loses you a keyboard, half the battery life and nearly 2/3's of the storage space.

The prices dropped today from £111/£152; they had previously increased in price shortly after the UK VAT increase of 2.5%.

Obviously people are going to complain! Why is it that only Americans are allowed to have the latest stuff? I can understand why the Kindle Fire would be US only, since it allows music and movie streaming from Amazon, but why is the Kindle Touch US only?!

downhillrider said,
man this place really is full of butthurt euros that complain about anything thats US only.

LOL, and the opposite happens for news where the US is excluded.
Btw, the world is about more than US and Europe.

I can understand the Kindle Fire being, for the moment, restricted to the United States, but I'm also struggling to understand why the Kindle Touch isn't available in the UK...

Unless, they're just staggering the release dates? The original Kindle was a U.S. specific product if I'm remembering correctly, I think they only started selling them internationally from the second generation onward

psionicinversion said,
I bet half the ppl that moan about it don't even want one anyway. Moaning is the new sport!

The Internet rewards moaners more than positive people in forums and discussions.

Ill moan I wanted a Kindle Touch 3G (Not interested in the fire less battery life and an LCD screen as opposed to epaper/ink) considering the kindle keyboard has 3g contracts (paid for by amazon) set up in the UK I don't see the delay. Flipping annoying I'm not buying the Wi-Fi only one when I know it's going to be superseded in weeks or months a bit different from a normal release cycle when you know the better product is out there somewhere else already.

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