Attention, one-armed man - Kindle DX now in the UK

6 January 2010

Several months it was launched in the US, the Amazon Kindle DX is now available to UK customers. Hurrah! Named by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos after the main protagonist of popular 60s tv show and hit movie The Fugitive, now both the 6" Kindle and 9.7" Kindle DX are available with free wireless delivery, although nobody has bothered to work out the price of either in pounds; the Kindle still retails for $259 (£162) while the DX costs $489 (£305). Before you break out the credit card, be warned - according to Pocket Lint, import taxes and shipping will see the price of the DX jump to nearly $600 (£375). Get them while they're hot, kids. And yes, we know.

Bitterwallet - Kindle now available in the UK

TOPICS:   Gadgets

8 comments

  • Mark M.
    I thought the Kindle had been available to ship internationally from amazon.com for many months now, i'm sure it happened when the Kindle DX was released....
  • SimbaK2K
    It has been available in the UK for a while now I'm sure, I believe the only change is you can now use international wireless.
  • FoolsGold
    It was Dr Richard Kimble in the Fugitive, not Kindle ;)
  • Paul S.
    "And yes, we know." :)
  • NellieIrrelevant
    Personally, I thought when you said 'and yes we know' you were implying you knew that the DX will come from the US with a US plug and that if you try to download your favourite newspaper to it there will be no images because Amazon are skimping on the 3g bundle. So it's in fact overpriced non-UK-friendly crippleware. People slag off iPhones for similar reasons but at least they work properly in the UK.
  • Paul S.
    Good guess Nellie, but I was referring to the Richard Kimble joke.
  • John S.
    Shanks here. I am still waiting for somebody to explain to me why paying hundreds of pounds to read a grainy electronic version of a book that I can buy in a nice analogue paper based form for a few pounds is a good idea.
  • Donna T.
    How the Kindle got its name: Jeff [Bezos, the CEO] wanted to talk about the future of reading, but in a small, not braggadocio way. We didn't want it to be 'techie' or trite, and we wanted it to be memorable, and meaningful in many ways of expression, from 'I love curling up with my Kindle to read a new book' to 'When I'm stuck in the airport or on line, I can Kindle my newspaper, favorite blogs or half a dozen books I'm reading.'" Kindle means to set alight or start to burn, to arouse or be aroused, to make or become bright. The word's roots are from the Old Norse word kyndill, meaning Candle. "I verified that it had deep roots in literature," adds Hibma. "From Voltaire: 'The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others and it becomes the property of all.'" No other name could hold a candle to Kindle. http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/10/how-did-the-kindle-get-its-name.html

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