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Posted on October 8, 2009 by  & 

Amazon's Kindle goes international

The international version of Amazon's Kindle is now available to order in 100 countries although it will be another two weeks before the devices are shipped from the US.
Based on their smaller 6-inch version it has the same 3G wireless technology as a mobile phone, meaning that you can download books in less than 60 seconds from 100 countries without a computer - though oddly not in Canada. However, unlike cell phones there is no monthly wireless bill or yearly contracts.
Weighing less than a paperback and as slim as a pencil it can store 1500 books downloaded from the Kindle store of over 350,000 - 104 of the titles are from the top 112 New York Times best sellers list.
The price is coming down with the international version at $279, which is only $20 more expensive than the US Version.
Although Amazon's Kindle is currently dominating the e-Reader market, the company will need to watch out as CEO of News Corp, Rupert Murdoch is looking to jump on the band wagon. Reuters reported yesterday that he has held talks with Japanese companies Toshiba Corp, Fujitsu Ltd and Sony to discuss e-reader technology, possibly sounding out potential partners to rival the Kindle - although rumour has it that no deals or contracts were discussed. Murdoch apparently told sources in August that he was unhappy with Amazon's control of relationships with newspaper subscribers for Kindle, and might seek a better deal with rival e-reader maker Sony Corp.
Reuters also wrote that Murdoch was in Seoul meeting up with executives at LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics who are also working on their own e-readers.
It will be interesting to see what Rupert Murdoch brings to the market.

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Posted on: October 8, 2009

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