Amazon has announced plans to ship Kindle to 100 more countries, including India in order to gain market share in the nascent ereader market.
As per a report by Forrester Research, e-reader sales will total an estimated 3 million this year, with Amazon selling 60 percent of them and Sony Corp. 35 percent (source).
Amazon sells 48 Kindle copies for every 100 physical copies of books that it offers in both formats – which essentially shows the growth opportunity in this space (Jeff Bezos even went on to say that in future, they expect to sell more books in Kindle edition as compared to physical).
The international edition will start shipping from October 19th and if you are a voracious reader, you can pre order Kindle right away (link).
As far as Kindle/AT&T tie-up is concerned, International users will be able to download books using GPRS out of the box or via USB.
Kindle Price in India
Add a minimum shipping price+ import duty of $150 to the device price (i.e. $279) and the overall price can easily go beyond $400+ (the unlocked Android phone for Indian developers was priced at $624, when the base price was $399!).
Update: Amazon confirmed to us that the Kindle price is $400.
- Slim and Trim: At just over a third of an inch thin (0.36 inches) and weighing just over 10 ounces, Kindle is pencil thin and lighter than a typical paperback.
- Reads Like Real Paper: Kindle’s 6-inch electronic ink display reads like printed words on paper because the screen works using real ink and doesn’t use a backlight, eliminating the eyestrain and glare associated with other electronic displays.
- Stores Up To 1,500 Books: Kindle’s 2 GB of memory holds up to 1,500 books and Kindle books are automatically backed up by Amazon so customers can re-download titles from their library.
- Read For Weeks On A Single Charge: Kindle’s electronic ink display sips battery power so users can read for over two weeks with wireless turned off and up to four days on a single charge with wireless on.
- Read-To-Me: With the experimental Text-To-Speech feature, Kindle can read most newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud.
- Automatically Syncs With Kindle and Kindle Compatible Devices: Amazon’s “Whispersync” technology automatically syncs customers’ last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless, Kindle with U.S. Wireless, Kindle DX, and Kindle compatible devices like Kindle for iPhone.
- Wirelessly Receive and Read Personal Documents: Wirelessly send, receive, and read personal documents in a variety of formats such as Microsoft Word and PDF.
- Instant Dictionary Lookup: Kindle comes with the New Oxford American Dictionary and over 250,000 definitions that appear instantly at the bottom of the page.
- Choose Text Size: Kindle lets readers customize their reading preference by providing six different text sizes.
- Bookmarks, Notes, and Highlights: By using the QWERTY keyboard Kindle users can add annotations to text, as well as highlight and clip key passages and bookmark pages for future use.
The worldwide launch is aptly timed as festival season is just around the corner and expect Amazon to show great numbers next year.
Will you go for the device? How much price are you willing to pay for Kindle?