The Amazon Kindle will finally be made available to international customers.
Set for release on October 19, the international Kindle will cost $US279. It will ship with full 3G wireless access to Amazon’s Kindlestore, which, for international customers, is stocked with 200,000 books.
Another 85 newspapers and magazines are available for single purchase and subscription, covering publications from the US, as well as the UK, Italy, France, Spain and Germany.
The international version of the Kindle ships with 2GB storage. Amazon claims this will store 1500 books, text-to-speech, dictionary, and a keyboard for making notes.
Publishers including Atlantic Books, Bloomsbury, Canongate, Faber and Faber, Hachette, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Lonely Planet, Penguin, Profile Books, Quercus, Simon & Schuster and Wiley have books available on the service.
The Kindle recently met with criticism following the accidental removal of George Orwell’s <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i> from the service – and end-users own machines.