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Amazon confirms international Kindle 2 plans

updated 04:40 pm EST, Tue February 10, 2009

Amacon Kindle 2 worldwide

An Amazon spokesperson said the Kindle 2 e-book reader officially announced just yesterday will be launched in countries outside of the US, says a Tuesday Reg Hardware report. While there is "ambition" for an international introduction, no specific dates for the widespread launch were mentioned. The original and popular Kindle was only sold in the US via Amazon.

In the past, the company had a tough time keeping up with demand for the Kindle, with waiting times as long as 13 weeks. The new device has a 6-inch E-Ink screen, downloads content via a 3G data connection to 2GB of onboard memory and has a new ability to read out books via its built-in speakers.

The Kindle 2 is due to ship to the US on February 24th, priced at $359.

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  1. midtoad

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2007


    I say BS

    well that's a crock of BS. I asked yesterday when the Kindle would be in Canada and they said the following:

    "At this time, is unable to offer the Amazon Kindle and associated digital content from the Kindle Store to our international customers due to import/export laws and other restrictions. Whispernet, which allows users to take advantage of Kindle's wireless features, is currently available only in the United States."

    Someone please educate Amazon about the existence of Telus and Bell, both of which use the CDMA technology employed by the Kindle. And as for laws restricting content, how is it that Sony is able to sell its Reader in Canada?

    No, the real reason Amazon isn't offering the Kindle outside the US is probably that it's too lazy or incompetent to make deals with international cellular providers, since Apple appears to have no trouble doing it.

  1. ElectroTech

    Junior Member

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Amazon's UPHILL battle

    A while ago, I helped my son with a reading presentation for school. We found several surprising statistics:

    1. about 60% of high school graduates never read another book in their lifetime.

    2. about 40% of college graduates never read another book in their lifetime.

    3. Most US families have not been in a bookstore in the last 5 years.

    4. The average book purchased is never read beyond page 17.

    What chance is there that the Kindle will be a commercial success when it can't even produce color pictures? At least magazines have color and might be a good use for a Kindle like device.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: I say BS

    Yes, because Amazon wants to keep the Kindle in the US only. Sell in Canada. Nah, that would just spur more sales. Amazon wouldn't want that.

    And did it occur to you that it may have a lot more to do with copyright? How long did it take Apple to get TV shows and movies to canada?

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