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Amazon Kindle available to UK consumers

International version of e-Book reader unveiled

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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.co.uk 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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