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. Stuff.co.nz has a story about it here.
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.