Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Amazon opens UK Kindle Store, posts two free games

updated 02:10 pm EDT, Thu August 5, 2010

Amazon Kindle gets UK-native store

Amazon on Thursday opened the UK Kindle Store, its first e-book shop outside of the US. The store gives access to a smaller 400,000-book library but scraps the extra fees that would come from downloading books outside of the US. Prices for popular books ranges from as little as 2.79 to as much as 11.25; most are under 10.

Books bought in the store work both on Kindle devices as well as in apps updated to recognize the second country. Amazon has previously planned to expand the Kindle Store to countries that already have a native Amazon store, but it hasn't said how close these might be.

For at least Americans, Amazon has also posted some of its first downloadable apps in the form of free games: Every Word and Shuffled Row provide the Kindle with puzzle games that work on the e-paper display. Both need a second- or third-generation Kindle to run.

The posting mirrors the difficulty that Amazon has had in promoting its Kindle app platform. Major developers such as EA have signed onboard, but few apps have surfaced beyond what's now preloaded on the Kindle. Software is considered a secondary goal for Amazon, but it has been eager to at once provide a small piece of the functionality of the iPad and claim an edge over more direct competitors like Barnes & Noble's Nook.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringi ...

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News