Amazon Kindle goes Global

feat-screen-kindlestoreIf you visit the home page today you;ll be presented with news that the Kindle is going global. First off the note explains that the Kindle will drop $40 in price for the normal US version which cost $299 and is now $259. This version of the Kindle will only be capable of downloading e-books while in the US. However, a second version of the 6″ e-book reader is also due out that will allow you to use the Kindle in other countries for downloading books. It will cost $20 more than the standard 6″ model at $279, but will be capable of downloading books in over 100 countries around the world.

It’s a good move forwards for Amazon and will be welcomed by users I suspect. By allowing users to download where ever they are will allow those away from the US to still be able to get new content when they want it. However, there is a downside…

It’s not so much a downside, but an extra cost to use the service while abroad. Amazon’s Kindle Global page says… “When traveling abroad, you can download books wirelessly from the Kindle Store or your Archived Items for a fee of $1.99”.

So, there is a fee but if you can look past that then you are good to grab books from any of the 100+ countries in the world where the Kindle will be cable to connect to a 3G network.

Available on 19 October from Amazon.

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