Amazon Kindle available to UK consumersInternational version of e-Book reader unveiled

07 October 2009

Amazon Kindle

The Amazon Kindle electronic book reader is now available for UK consumers to pre-order, after being available to buy in the US for two years.

The delay of the UK launch has been due to negotiations with mobile network providers, a necessary component for allowing users to download electronic books directly to their Amazon Kindle e-Book reader.

Amazon Kindle UK cost

An international version of the Amazon Kindle is available to order now from with shipping beginning on 19th October. The price at launch is $279, however import fees will be levied at the cost of $45 meaning that the device will set you back around £200.

The kindle has a 6-inch screen and can, according to Amazon, store around 1,500 books on its internal memory. It connects to the internet wirelessly over a 3G network to download books and newspapers, and Amazon claims that a book can be downloaded in less than a minute.

UK version of the Amzon Kindle

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, said: 'In the future, we plan to introduce a UK-centric Kindle experience, enabling you to purchase Kindle and Kindle books in sterling from our site'.

Which? will bring you a first look review of the Amazon Kindle as soon as the product arrives in the UK.

For more information and first look reviews of other e-Book readers, including the Sony Touch and Sony Pocket, check out our ebook reader reviews.

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