No Kanadian Kindle ? When will Amazon bring the Kindle to Canada ?

by Guest on October 12, 2009

kanadian“This is the future of book reading. It will be everywhere.” Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and Liar’s Poker.

Yes, everywhere but Canada.

It looks like Amazon’s ebook reader, the Kindle, is going to be shipped to 100 countries, but Canada isn’t one of them.  The reason?  Amazon is still shopping for the best deal on the wireless carriers available in Canada.  Now that Telus and Bell have HSPA+, there are more options for Kindle users.  Amazon wants to go with the cheapest best option available among the available international carriers.

What is Kindle ?

– Revolutionary electronic-paper display provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper.
– Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing.
– Wireless connectivity enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle—whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or in bed.
– Buy a book and it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute.
– More than 350,000 books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs available available, including more than 105 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers.
– New York Times® Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
– Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.
– Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
– Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
– More than 5000 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.
– Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces.
– Holds over 200 titles.

The Kindle sounds great. Now, what’s wrong with Canada ?

A few weeks ago, who would have guessed that there would be too much competition in the Canadian cellular market ?

Is this another instance where Canada is snubbed due to the high price of our cellular providers?  The Globe & Mail seems to think so, comparing the Kindle delay to the iPhone situation that saw Canada get the phone almost a year after it was launched.

It will be nice to see the options that the new entries into our market will bring.  Public Mobile, Wind Mobile, and DAVE Wireless can’t get here soon enough.

Written by: Jason Finnerty. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Identi.ca, or Friendfeed

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