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Amazon’s Kindle to go in sale in Australian stores

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The popular Kindle eReader – usually available to buy online from the Amazon website – will go on sale in selected Australian stores from August 29.

Woolworths, Big W and Dick Smith will stock the device which will be priced at $159 for the wi-fi model and $219 for the wi-fi/3G version,

The device, which has a 6-inch e-ink screen and can hold up to 3500 books, is already available for pre-order from the Dick Smith and Big W websites. 

Customers will still be able to order the device from the Amazon website with pricing at $US139 for the wi-fi model and $US189 for the wi-fi and 3G but that price does not include shipping costs to Australia.

Users who buy the Kindle in Australia will be able to register the device with Amazon and set up an account to the online bookstore on the device itself and download purchases in seconds.

The Kindle, apart from being an excellent reading device, is also backed by the largest library of electronic books as well.

The Kindle eReader will be available to buy over the counter in AustraliaThe wi-fi model will only connect wherever users can access a wireless network while the wi-fi and 3G model can connect anywhere even outside wi-fi networks via the 3G cellular network.

The Dick Smith and Big W Kindle pre-order sites are offering from delivery on the August 29 shipping date.

Many prospective Kindle customers have held back from buying the product because they couldn’t get the device in their hands to inspect it before buying.

That worry will be eased once the product is set up in Big W, Dick Smith and Woolworths in display areas for customers to get up close and try the product for themselves.

Earlier this year Amazon announced Kindle eBooks were now outselling printed books for the first time.