Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Kindle news: Amazon launches India Kindle Store + No Kindle Touch models available as new in U.S. today

Amazon unveiled its India Kindle Store today

According to Ajit Joshi, CEO and Managing Director of Croma stores, the first retailer in India to offer the current Kindle, the basic Kindle (the 6" Not Touch/No physical keyboard E-Ink model) will be sold exclusively in all Croma stores across India at the introductory price of 6,999 INR.

  In the press release, I see no mention of the Kindle being sold at the Amazon online store in India, but at least one news writer in India believes it will.  It definitely will be sold on the Croma website, which states the "product ships within 2 working days." And, it is still available along with other Kindles for shipment to India from the US Amazon store.

  I suspect that the availability, in India, of just the one e-Ink model is affected by what is certainly a change in the Kindle Touch models soon (neither one shows as available from Amazon today).

  Tech Radar's Kate Soloman mentions today that "A new Kindle has shown up at the FCC suggesting that Amazon may have a regular Kindle ready to rock alongside the oft-rumoured Kindle Fire 2."  She got this information from Nate Hoffelder's The Digital Reader column yesterday.

"May have" is too weak an assessment at this point.  Today Amazon is not even pretending to have any Touch models remaining for sale. on their site.

  Over one million Kindle books at Amazon's newly launched India Kindle Store (Link: ) will be in Indian Rupees (INR), "including 70 of 100 Nielsen Bestsellers."

The press release says that Amazon's India Kindle Store (Link: ) is opening "with the largest selection, including the most bestsellers, and lowest prices of any e-bookstore in India"... from a range of Indian authors, including Chetan Bhagat, Ashwin Sanghi, Ravinder Singh and Amish Tripathi.

The India Kindle Store link above, if you are not accessing from Indian and are registered as being in another country (in my case, the U.S.), will redirect you to the Kindlestore page for your own country.

Amazon has also launched Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) "for independent authors and publishers in India... New features for authors and publishers in India include the ability to set prices specific for India, as well as receive royalty payments in rupees."
  See the full press release for more details.

All available Kindle Models are also still purchaseable for India from the U.S.
The release states that:
  "Customers can also continue to purchase Kindle, Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G from with shipment to India."

Current Kindle Models for reference, plus free-ebook search links
Kindle Fire  7" tablet - $199
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $79/$109
Kindle Touch, WiFi
- $99/$139
Kindle Touch, 3G/WiFi - $149/$189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189, Free, slow web
Kindle DX - $379, Free, slow web
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £89
Kindle Touch WiFi, UK - £109
Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi, UK - £169
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
  Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
OTHER International
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $109
Kindle Touch WiFi - $139
Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi - $189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
  Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB

Check often: Temporarily-free recently published Kindle books
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.  Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published free books, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

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