Amazon Kindle goes International
Written by Book Watch   
Wednesday, 07 October 2009

Amazon's Kindle, which since its launch in November 2007 has only been available in the US, is now available to Amazon customers in over 100 countries including the UK, Germany, Spain and Japan.

Kindle utilizes 3G wireless technology to downloads books, magazines and newspapers. Readers can purchase the magazine or book they want and have it available within seconds. Already the Kindle Store has more than 350,000 books available plus top newspapers, magazines, and blogs. The high-resolution electronic ink display looks and reads like real paper. Less than a centimetre thick (0.36") and weighing less than 300 grams (10.2 ounces), Kindle is pencil thin and lighter than a typical paperback and the International edition will start shipping on October 19 but only from the US. This is a development that is bound to have a long term impact on publishing.

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For those who don't want a deicated e-reader,  a free PC application for reading Kindle books on the PC is coming soon. Fom November titles in the Kindle Store will be able to be read not only on on the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, but also on the PC.

Kindle for PC features Amazon’s Whispersync technology that automatically saves and synchronizes bookmarks and last page read across devices. With Kindle for PC, you be able to read some of a title on your PC, read some on your Kindle, and always pick up right where you left off.

 

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