Canadians Want Their Kindle, And They Want It Now

Posted by Varun Mathur

Amazon.com launched the Kindle internationally yesterday, in over a 100 countries, but skipped a few, including Canada (see our story from yesterday: Amazon Skips Canada In Its Global Kindle Launch). The web is abuzz with speculation on why that happened...mostly to do with issues with wireless carriers here, but no specific reasons have been offered by Amazon as yet on why Canada was omitted.

And that has Canadians up in arms. Check out some reactions on Twitter (from "kindle+canada" Twitter search link):

Wall Street Journal offered some theories on this (WSJ: No Kindle For Canada, So Far):

What could be causing the delay with Canada? Indigo Books & Music, Canada’s largest book reseller, has a thriving digital business called ShortCovers, which lets people buy and read e-books on a variety of devices, including the iPhone, regular computers and dedicated e-readers, like one made by Sony.

For some markets, there may be issues with local censorship laws (such as China) or even incompatible cellphone technology standards (like South Korea). But those aren’t likely the problem in Canada, where the international Kindle’s wireless provider AT&T already has negotiated local data roaming agreements for handsets, including Apple’s iPhone.

The issue may have more to do with the complexities of securing the rights to sell digtial books...

..It’s also possible that Amazon is working on a native Canadian version of the Kindle. The new “U.S. and International” Kindle has to be purchased through Amazon’s U.S. store, and then imported to the buyers’ home countries...Amazon also charges $1.99 every time you download a book outside of the U.S. A local edition of the Kindle, either in Canada or the UK, could alleviate some of those problems — for those willing to wait.

More coverage from some Canadian media outlets:

Company:
Amazon
Website:
http://www.amazon.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc., seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of... more

Company:
Kobo, Inc.
Website:
http://www.kobobooks.com/
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kobo is a global eReading service backed by majority shareholder Indigo Books & Music, Borders Group, REDgroup Retail, and Cheung Kong Holdings. Kobo believes consumers should be able to read any book on any device. With a catalog of over two million eBooks, and an open platform, Kobo enables retailers, device manufacturers and mobile operators to bring the joy of eReading to customers everywhere. For more... more


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Varun Mathur

Varun Mathur

Varun Mathur is the Techvibes Community Manager in Toronto, focused on covering local tech startups, news and events. He is also a Co-founder and Product Manager at Zytran, a Toronto-based web startup which developed and launched Alertle.com - a personal news aggregator (Alertle's version 1.0 got widespread global coverage, with reviews written about it in various tech blogs and in over a dozen... more



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