Since Amazon announced a lineup of new devices at an event in New York yesterday, I’ve been refreshing its U.K. webpage in the hope that pre-orders for the Kindle Fire would be opening up to us internationals anytime soon.The US firm has not put a time frame on a possible arrival on its e-reader, as discussions remain ongoing, although it did reveal, according to MENAFN, that it will initially look introduce less complicated, user-friendly products to build demand in the country.
Amazon U.K. has confirmed “Today, Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch are available only in the US,” a spokesperson from Amazon UK told us. We had asked why only the non-touch Kindle version was available on the UK site, Amazon.co.uk.Amazon is yet to give a reason why the devices won’t be selling internationally, but the news will undoubtedly be a disappointment. The Kindle will face strong competition in China, as and when it emerges in the country. The iPad is – like the iPhone – one of China’s most desired gadgets, however a series of devices from Android and local manufacturers compete for attention. The market place is about to get even more crowded.
It’s likely the device’s will be available on sites like eBay shortly after its launch, but it will certainly be sold well above its original retail price.
Are you disappointed that the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Kindle Touch won’t be leaving the U.S.?