Kindle in Canada! 7


It was announced today that Amazon will finally ship the Kindle to Canada. You can read about it here at the Financial Post or at the Toronto Star or the Globe and Mail. One weird thing I noticed in the Toronto Star article – you have to order them through the Amazon.com site, not through Amazon.ca, which means you have to pay $31 (approximately) in tariffs. Wonderful. PM Stephen Harper et al will love that! Me? Not so much.

**edited** I just found this article over on the CBC site – apparently there will be no browser availability for the Canadian Kindle either:

The e-reader’s web browser and blog subscription service will not work in Canada, according to the description on Amazon.com, but customers will have free access to Wikipedia.

For those who already have Kindles – do you need the browser to find the books on the Amazon site?

For my own part, I’ll stick to my Sony Reader, but now at least there’s more of a choice.

Don’t forget, you can WIN a Kindle and save yourself nearly $300 by entering the contest over at Tera Kleinfelter’s blog. The contest is on every Monday through Friday until December 14th.


7 thoughts on “Kindle in Canada!

  • Natasha A.

    Even with it being shipped to Canada now, I still don't think I would get a Kindle. I have some issues with the fact that it only likes it's own file types (although I am hearing something about pdf or something now, that may be wrong though…).
    I dislike that if I ever replace my reader with something else, and I had all of these kindle books…..could I use them on something else, like a Sony?

    Also, well, I just don't like Amazon. They do some stupid things.

    However, this might (and by this, I mean shipping to Canada) open up some more possibilities for Canada. We can sometimes miss out on the cool stuff! šŸ™

  • Leah Braemel

    Natasha – I saw something about them not being able to handle PDFs this morning too. If they can't handle them, I wouldn't touch one with a barge pole.

    I'll stick to my Sony, and if it ever dies, I'll spring for a netbook – they're about the same price these days.

    And like you, I'm NOT a fan of Amazon, I use them only as a last resort, especially after their stunt in the spring banning erotic romances and anything remotely accepting of LGBTs.

  • Natasha A.

    Exactly.

    I mean they are obviously doing something right. But I just feel that they are limiting themselves. And I think people turned to them, because there was nothing else comparable on the market.

  • Tameka

    I'ts true they have a big market out on the other ebook but I hear that barnes and nobles Nook might give them a run for there money it's supposed to coming out at the end of Thankgiving and that's why Amazon dropped the price for there Kindle ebooks because it's price is supposed to be 256

  • Leah Braemel

    Tameka – there are no Barnes and Nobles in Canada, so the Nook won't be in the running up here. Not sure what happens if you buy one down there and bring it back across the border. I know that there are books I can't buy online via Amazon or Sony because they can see I'm in Canada, and they have geographic restrictions in place. Hmm…I wonder if they'll be lifted now the Kindle is available in Canada. Probably not because most times it's to do with publisher agreements/contracts.

  • Wylie Kinson

    I'd love an ereader… but not badly enough to get the step-child version of a Kindle. Think I'll wait awhile longer… see how the market shakes out.

  • Leah Braemel

    I also just discovered this morning that they're charging more for my books – as in $2 more per book for the international Whispernet connection. That adds up.

    Personal Protection on US AMZN is $4.40, but it's $6.40 Canadian. The Cdn. dollar is almost at par again with the American. I think there should be the ability to download it onto your computer and transfer it to the Kindle without using the Whispernet if you choose, and thereby forego the extra charge. But it doesn't look like that's an option.

    No thank you, Amazon. I'll stick with my Sony Reader, thanks. Or if I didn't have a Sony reader? I'd probably invest in a netbook since they're pretty much the same price but can do more.

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