Amazon.com announced today the new “U.S and international” Kindle which will enable users to wirelessly purchase electronic books from Amazon’s U.S. eBook store even if they are in their home countries.
Unfortunately, the Kindle 2 world version isn’t available for all countries in the world, including a handful that may have been significant markets, including Canada, Singapore, China and South Korea. Canadians aren’t especially happy with the news and has even created a Facebook group page.
Other countries which doesn’t have Kindle availability are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen.
In its website, Amazon posted a note explaining the delay of the availability in Canada: “Unfortunately, we are currently unable to ship Kindles or offer Kindle content in Canada. We are working to make the Kindle available to our Canadian customers as soon as possible.”
“We want to ship Kindle everywhere and we’re working hard on it,” an Amazon spokeswoman said. “This is an audacious first step, and we will continue to innovate on behalf of our customers and expand our offerings – we know that there will be other steps, but we’re happy with where we are starting and we think our customers will be too.”
For the other countries who do have Kindle world version available can purchase the Kindle here.