Thursday, October 8, 2009

Kindle Now Available To New Zealand. (Update: Nope, None For Us)

By Benedict Wee

Update: I've tried purchasing the Kindle and it turns out that Amazon is not making it available to New Zealand despite it being purchasable in Australia. has a story about it here.

Original Story:
Books. You know, that thing that has words in it and relies heavily on the imagination to picture scenes of the narrative? Yeah well Amazon's device that displays and stores a ton of those in digital format is now available for Kiwis.

What was once a US-exclusive gadget, the Kindle can now be shipped internationally and features the following:
Slim and Light - 1/3 of an inch thickness and weighing only at 10.2 ounces.

Books under 60 seconds - Books are delivered wirelessly in less than 60 seconds.

3G Wireless - Download books from anywhere with a 3G connection.

Paper-like Display - Reads like real paper without glare, even in bright sunlight.

Carry Your Library - Holds up to 1,500 books.

Long Battery Life - Read for days without recharging.

Read-to-me - Experimental Text-to-Speech feature allows the Kindle to read out to you. (Subject to book's rights holder availability)

Free Book Samples - Download and read the first chapters for free before deciding to buy.

Large Selection - Over 350,000 books (including 104 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers) plus international newspapers, magazines and blogs.

Low Book Prices - New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases are US$9.99/NZ$13.60 (unless marked otherwise).

The international version of the Kindle retails for US$279/NZ$378 (minus shipping) and will be released on the 19th of this month.


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