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Kindle in Australia: Which Books Are Available? Amazon's Kindle e-book reader.
The Kindle is now available in Australia but buying e-books here may still be problematic, writes Dan Kaufman. It's finally happened. After years of speculation, Amazon is releasing the Kindle, its hand-held device that lets people read e-books, in Australia. Orders can be placed now on Amazon's website and Kindles will apparently be shipped from October 19. But before you hand over the cash, you might want to consider a few issues. The first is the question of which books will be available on it for Australians. "I can buy it [the Kindle] but once I've bought it I'll suffer the same frustrations I'll suffer if I have any other device at the moment and that's the content for the Kindle is still locked into the American market," Neil says.
Advertisement "So they're not actually servicing the Australian market, they're just making the Kindle available to Australia and some of their titles are available as well. " A range of alternatives. Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy? Editors' note: This story was first published in July 2010, and has been extensively updated, most recently on December 17, 2012.
Shopping for an e-book reader or a small tablet? At first glance, the task seems daunting -- there are more choices than ever before. The good news is that the list of worthwhile choices is actually fairly short. The even better news? Prices and features are better than ever. When we say "e-book readers," we're now really referring to four classes of products: black-and-white e-ink readers ($69 to $149); 7-inch color LCD media tablets ($150 to $300); midsize color LCD tablets ranging from 7.9 to 9 inches ($269 and up); and full-size color tablets like the iPad (mostly $400 and above).
The market for those products has consolidated around a handful of major players: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Google are the leaders, with companies like Kobo, Samsung, and Sony -- and a host of other Android tablet manufacturers -- bringing up the rear. 1. 2. School Libraries Struggle with E-Book Loans. Digital Tools Paul Stainthorp Just as many predicted, sales figures show that more people are opting to buy e-books rather than printed copies.
Sales of e-books rose 167% in June, reports Publishers Weekly, with sales totaling $473.8 million for the first half of the year. But sales of print books — both paperbacks and hardcovers — continues to decline. It isn’t just publishers that are scrambling to adjust their business models to the growing demand for e-books; so too are libraries having to reconsider how they will provide content for their patrons. Even though there’s keen interest on the part of library patrons to check out e-books, making a move to digital loans is not going to be easy. What might be good news for consumers — your whole library on your cellphone, for example — might be terrible news for libraries. The Kindle Marketing Kit: Get the word out!