Amazon Kindle E-reader Now Available in the Philippines!by noid (amazon | e-book reader | e-ink | e-reader | electronic ink | kindle | wireless)
Only found time to blog about this now, but last October 12, I received an e-mail from Amazon.com letting me know that they were about to roll out their Kindle E-reader with US and International Wireless on October 19 for only 259 US dollars, down from 299 US dollars.
This means that Amazon can now ship to over 100 countries, including the Philippines. We will also be able to buy and download wirelessly (using 3G technology) books, newspapers and magazines from Amazon. (We're among the lucky few countries in Southeast Asia to avail of the Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device -- luckier than Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, since we have a local AT&T presence, which is Amazon's partner in delivering Kindle digital products wirelessly.)
According to Amazon, new releases will cost $9.99 while you can find other books/digital products for less. There are no additional fees for downloading in the Philippines or in other countries where the Kindle wireless service is available.
This is indeed great news for Filipinos especially for Filipino lovers of literature. We don't have to wait anymore for books to be shipped to us. All we need to do is buy and download any book or digital product from Amazon, and in a matter of seconds, the book/digital product will be at our fingertips and we can already start reading! That's instant gratification for you!
If you are not yet aware, this is a great thing because reading from the Kindle is not like reading from a backlit Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) such as that of a laptop's screen or desktop monitor, or even your iPhone. Amazon Kindle uses E-ink (electronic ink) display technology -- it's as if you are reading printed text on paper, unlike reading from an LCD, the glare of which can hurt your eyes. And the amazing thing about this "virtual paper" is that you can resize the text -- it has 6 different font sizes -- according to your liking. And just like reading a regular book, you can also annotate; there's even a built-in dictionary -- the Kindle uses The New Oxford American Dictionary with 250,000 entries and definitions. How great and convenient is that for us bookworms!
According to Amazon, the Kindle -- as thin as most magazines at 1/3 of an inch and weighing 10.2 ounces (lighter than a typical paperback) -- can hold up to 1500 books. The Kindle's battery can last up to two weeks without charging -- this is because the Kindle e-reader, or any other e-book reader using E-ink technology for that matter, only uses power when changing the display.
You can order the Kindle at Amazon using your debit or credit card. I tried using my Unionbank EON debit card, and it worked -- I had to cancel though because my EON debit card didn't have enough funds. :P (259 US dollars at the current exchange rate is equal to around 12,329 pesos. You can also include in your order an Amazon Kindle Leather Cover for $29.99 [1427.50 pesos] )
According to the Amazon website, here's Kindle's Important Product Information for the Philippines:
Important Product Information for Your Country
Here's a video featuring the International Version of the Amazon Kindle.
Meanwhile, here's Amazon.com's CEO Jeff Bezos and some authors (including James Patterson, Daniel Handler, Toni Morrison, Guy Kawasaki, Anita Diamant, and Neil Gaiman) talking about the first version of the Kindle Wireless Reading Device (even Oprah has endorsed the Kindle) :