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Amazon Kindle E-Book reader £217.00 now available for the UK

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Amazon's best selling E-ink electronic book reader has arrived in the UK. "If you think there's no way you could ever get used to curling up with an electronic reader, you haven't given the Kindle … Read More
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7y, 9m agoFound 7 years, 9 months ago
Amazon's best selling E-ink electronic book reader has arrived in the UK.

"If you think there's no way you could ever get used to curling up with an electronic reader, you haven't given the Kindle a chance. Load up a good book and you'll soon forget you're reading plastic rather than paper. You'll also wonder how you ever did without it. The Kindle makes buying, storing, and organizing your favorite books and magazines effortless. You can take your entire library with you wherever you go and switch from reading the latest New Yorker to the latest best-seller without rolling out of bed. In my few days using it, I was won over: The Kindle is the future of publishing." Farhad Manjoo, Slate

Amazon's #1 best selling item, the Kindle, is now available in the UK. The Kindle, for the uninitiated, is more than a simple e-reader. Theres also 3G technology inside, letting it hop online to download books on the go. Itll also automatically download digital newspapers and magazines, assuming you buy a subscription to them, let you send and receive Microsoft Word documents and even e-mail on the move.

Theres a full keyboard for the latter, but if you just want to read thats no problem: the Kindle will last for over two weeks with its wireless abilities switched off.

And now its available for order in the UK, costing $299 plus $45 in import tax or £217 in British coinage. At the moment youll still place your order through Amazon.com and have the device shipped to Britain (complete with a US power adapter). However, the Kindle will work just fine in the UK and includes free 3G access just like Kindle devices on the other side of the Atlantic.

Amazon says in the future, we plan to introduce a UK-centric Kindle experience, enabling you to purchase Kindle and Kindle books in sterling from our UK site.

For the time being, UK Kindle owners will have a choice of 250,000 books as well as British newspapers including The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the New York Times.


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#4
want it!
banned#7
Thanks for info. So no charges. Are books are gonna be much cheaper than sony alternative?
#8
2 problems with this deal.

1) It's RRP so not really a deal.
2) There are cheaper readers available from Sony on the market.

I am soooo tempted though if they released this in the UK for £150 I would snap one up. :thumbsup:

I noticed a fair few complaints in the review section too about ebooks being pulled so once you've paid for it, if it's ppulled you can't re-download it. :roll:

Not voted BTW.

Anyone got a kindle? MK1 or 2.
#9
Link changed, thanks for pointing it out.
banned#10
It's worth noting the fact that although you may think you own the books you have paid Amazon for, that is clearly not the cae

http://mashable.com/2009/07/17/amazon-kindle-1984/


http://mashable.com/2009/07/23/amazon-kindle-bezos/
#11
Publishers do have intentions to digitalise all front list top sellers with effect from this winter but it will be a long time before back list and slow sellers are available in digital format. It will also be quite a while until the price drops significantly since at the moment digital titles are costing a lot to provide because of buying into all the new software and publishers having to set up entirely new departments to deal with it. Since they are essentially competing with themselves - ie they own the rights to the contents of both digital and print format, you are never going to see digital books for peanuts.
#12
this should be around £185 if they based it on the $US price ... being ripped off in the UK as usual
#13
britchic4
Publishers do have intentions to digitalise all front list top sellers with effect from this winter but it will be a long time before back list and slow sellers are available in digital format. It will also be quite a while until the price drops significantly since at the moment digital titles are costing a lot to provide because of buying into all the new software and publishers having to set up entirely new departments to deal with it. Since they are essentially competing with themselves - ie they own the rights to the contents of both digital and print format, you are never going to see digital books for peanuts.


The optimist in me likes to think that the decreased overheads in distributing books electronically should eventually be passed on to the customer once the new systems etc have paid for themselves.

The pessimist in me says that publishers feel they have been getting screwed over by the supermarkets deep-discounting for years now and will look to use electronic distribution to control RRPs a lot more.

With any luck they will learn from the music industry that high prices lead to piracy...
#14
The price will go down. The electronic price for The Lost Symbol was very reasonable, as an example. But they won't ever be pennies. Nor should they be.
The supermarket issue is a thorny one but the publishers themselves aren't affected by the deep discounting, except in the fact that it 'devalues' books as a product in the public perception. using Dan Brown again, Asda would have been losing money on every copy it sold at £5. It was an £18.99 book and the absolute maximum discount is likely to have been 70%. Of course that discount in itself is a distortion and the biggest headache for publishers about the supermarkets.
#15
Just read about this on the BBC which says "The European version of the Kindle will begin shipping on October 19 with a $279 (£175) price tag". Have they got it wrong then? Was quite tempted at that price
#16
g3460
Just read about this on the BBC which says "The European version of the Kindle will begin shipping on October 19 with a $279 (£175) price tag". Have they got it wrong then? Was quite tempted at that price


They've got the dollar price right, but as usual with the BBC, anyone who does a bit of digging can quickly see how lazy and uninformed most journalists are (especially at our feather-bedded state broadcaster and brainwasher!).

Adding it to the basket at $279 plus the leather cover for $29 produces the following total:

Items: $308.99
Shipping & Handling: $26.97
Total Before Tax: $335.96
Estimated Tax:* $0.00
Import Fees Deposit $51.89
Order Total: $387.85

- so just a bit more than the $308.99 headline price (for Kindle and leather cover).

It ain't gonna be a big seller until it's available in the UK with UK pricing - I suspect this is a stopgap measure to try and blunt the huge lead that Sony have built in the rest of the world while Amazon have restricted the Kindle to North America.
#17
Tigga!
this should be around £185 if they based it on the $US price ... being ripped off in the UK as usual


The prices in the US are stated before tax, in the UK they are always after tax.

So you are not comparing like with like.
#18
I'm not sure they will learn the lesson from the music industry you know. I have a bad feeling they're going to price ebooks at £5.99, or a pound cheaper than paper versions. And then promptly watch sales evaporate as people start to torrent more and more ebooks.

The publishing industry needs to be very very careful how they handle this new technology. If ebooks are priced at anything more than £2-£3 they might just wind up annihilating 90% of the publishing world.
#19
Painterz1
I'm not sure they will learn the lesson from the music industry you know. I have a bad feeling they're going to price ebooks at £5.99, or a pound cheaper than paper versions. And then promptly watch sales evaporate as people start to torrent more and more ebooks.

The publishing industry needs to be very very careful how they handle this new technology. If ebooks are priced at anything more than £2-£3 they might just wind up annihilating 90% of the publishing world.


Mmm, yes, we've all seen those starving pop-stars and music industry execs on the streets... and closed down cinemas all over the country! :thumbsup:

But you're right, they need to price the books sensibly - i.e. at something that includes their usual overheads and royalties, but without a huge chunk for manufacturing and distribution.
#20
Actually, the stupidest part of this is the nonsense of selling it from Amazon.com, complete with higher shipping costs and taxes - you'd have thought if Amazon were serious they could import a bunch centrally to Amazon.co.uk and then flog 'em direct - they manage to do it with other stuff (e.g. US editions of books), so the mind boggles about why they are unable or unwilling to take this easy step to make their technology readily available (even if it is two years late).

One other thought, for those dissatisfied with a Kindle from Amazon.com the return costs are going to be a lot higher too, you're not covered by UK Sale of Goods laws and you're most unlikely to get any of the tax back.

Fraid this one's an Amazon Fail.
#21
Is this worth that kind of money seeing as you can read ebooks as pdfs on nearly any pda?
#22
Tax headache looms for UK Kindle buyers - a much more accurate report than from the tellytax funded BBC:
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6864257.ece
#23
Painterz1
I'm not sure they will learn the lesson from the music industry you know. I have a bad feeling they're going to price ebooks at £5.99, or a pound cheaper than paper versions.


It's worse than that at the moment, I own a Sony reader which I love but if I want an Ebook of a newly released title (currently hardback) Waterstones actually want MORE for the ebook than the hardback!!!

For example:

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. Hardback RRP £18.99 Waterstones £13.99. Ebook RRP £21.84 (why 84p?) Waterstones £17.47.

Hardback:
http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/audrey-niffenegger/her-fearful-symmetry/6590316/

eBook:
http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/audrey-niffenegger/audrey-niffenegger/her-fearful-symmetry/7094542/

The list price is £2.84 more than the hardback, and is still more after Waterstones have kindly discounted it! No printing/ distribution/ stock costs for an ebook yet it costs more, and as a customer the ebook has no resale value!

I have emailed waterstones about this, suprisingly I got no reply!

Talk about stiffling an emerging market through greed!! They are practically begging people to illegally download the ebooks!

I thought the answer was the kindle, I pre-ordered one this morning. The above book is $9.99 (£6.26) on the Kindle shop! Then I found out that this, and other ebooks I currently refuse to pay stupid money for, are not available to UK customers!!!! In fact the Kindle's impressive list of 358865 books drops to 285880 for UK customers, and from looking a lot of these are newly released books (which would be hard back only over here). Needless to say order cancelled.

Oh and Amazon only have agreements with mobile carriers outside the states for book delivery so no web-browsing and blog reading for UK customers.
#24
Maybe alot of authors will be able to bypass the publishing houses completely with these devices and sell cheaply to the public direct?

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