Kindles are finally here in Australia! Free shipping.

8 August 2011

I have friends with Kindles and they LOVE them. They are avid readers and use them every day. They feel like they are saving the planet (or at least the tres!!) and books are so much cheaper when purchased electronically. The way that the screens use battery (or should I say don't use battery) is incredible giving them months between recharges. They both have got personalised kindle leather covers (which both protects them and makes them look even better)
These will be available from BigW and Dick Smith from the 29th August but you can preorder yours now.

6" High-Contrast, E Ink Screen
for clear text and sharp images
Read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room with no glare.

Carry your library
Kindle holds up to 3,500 books.

Compact size
Kindle is lighter than a paperback and thinner than most magazines.

Never be caught without a dictionary
Kindle has a built in dictionary so simply move the cursor to the word in question and the definition will automatically display at the bottom of the screen.

Listen to your Kindle privately
Plug headphones into the 3.5mm stereo audio jack to listen to MP3 files or text-to-speach feature on Kindle.

Built-In Wi-Fi
Connect to Wi-Fi hotspots at home or to hotspots on the road.

Add notes, highlight passages or bookmark
Add annotations to text, just like you might write in the margins of a book. You can also highlight and clip key passages and bookmark pages for future use.

Simple to use right out of the box
No setup required, no software to install, no computer required.

Battery Life of Up to Two Months
A single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off and a half-hour of reading per day.

Free 3G Wireless with no annual contracts
No annual contracts, no monthly fees. Connectivity uses the same wireless signals as cell phones but there are no monthly fees or commitments. (Kindle 3G only).


  • ninkasi
    I agree that they are great. I have one, my wife has one, my brother has one... my wife's dad has the DX version.... I also highly recommend the 3G version as it provides access to the internet at a pinch - I've used mine to check my (web based) email in places like Hong Kong & Bali without any issues. Not super fast, not perfect, but usable. I also like we can (in a few weeks) get the things locally, but... we pre-order the Kindle from BigW for $219 and they'll start to arrive in about three weeks from now.... or can buy it direct from Amazon for $189+$20.98 shipping=$209.98, with current exchange rate of AUD$0.96=USD$1, that makes it $201.60 and you'll get it in the mail within about 3 or 4 business days. The wifi version is $139 at Amazon, so that means AUD$153.60 landed... so that's not a lot cheaper than BigW.... but you will get it sooner & have it delivered to you... Nice that it's happening, but the incentive to get it from BigW/etc is low.... if the argument is 'what if it breaks', well my brother's broke (lines on screen) and they sent out a replacement for no cost - he just put the broken one in the return package and that was it. No fuss.
  • admin EDITOR
    They're pretty good. Have been using kindles for about a year. My only complaint is that they are built from chocolate. I've broken two so far and my partner one. The saving grace is the exemplary amazon no question replacement policy. You can download third party software to your computer that allows you to read books from anywhere on them. Not just ones bought from amazon.
  • ninkasi
    Yep - highly recommend ']calibre'. Also recommend a decent cover - can get 'em off eBay for well under $10, and they protect the screen from being damaged when you throw it in a bag.
  • nod
    Yep. Love mine too. I grabbed a cover though you can still break them with one.
  • ninkasi
    Yep. Love mine too. I grabbed a cover though you can still break them with one.
    Can always get something like this: From ]eBookHugger Drop that, and the thing that's likely to break is the toe it falls on. :D Similar concept, sorta, to the ]BookBook, ]KleverCase, etc
  • QuirkyKiwi
    I like this one... qk
  • admin EDITOR
    BTW - rumours have it that the next gen of Kindles is due to come out soonish.
  • Keeys
    which means I might hold out for a price drop ;)

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