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.
Text from Amazon & Electricpig.
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