Kindle Paperwhite shipping to Australia

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Customers buying the Kindle Paperwhite through Amazon International are now getting their devices shipped directly to Aussie shores.

(Credit: Amazon)

We knew the Paperwhite would be coming sometime early this year — but we did not expect that Amazon would try to sneak the release in unnoticed.

Following up on a report on Gizmodo that claimed some Australian customers were now receiving their Paperwhite e-readers direct from Amazon (rather than through a parcel forwarding service) led CNET Australia to the Amazon International product page — clearly showing the Paperwhite as finally available and in stock for Australian customers.

When you select Australia from the drop-down country selection menu, a pop-up box proudly declares, "We are excited to now ship Kindle to Australia."

The Kindle Paperwhite, long awaited by Kindle customers, is Amazon's first E Ink reader to have a built-in front-light. Although it was announced in September of last year, it was beaten to the Australian market by the Kobo Glo, an ePub-compatible reader with the same feature.

CNET Australia has contacted Amazon for comment and confirmation, and will update this story when we know more.

Head over to Amazon to pick up a Paperwhite for US$139 for the Wi-Fi version or US$199 for 3G. The cheaper, ad-supported Kindle with Special Offers is not available outside of the US.

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holly.lewis posted a comment   

I have been waiting for this product since its release, but it still won't let me ship to Australia. Are there still some restrictions in place? I want to buy the paperwhite 3G without the offers. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Michelle Starr posted a reply   

Hi Holly,

Did you go to the website by clicking the link above in the last paragraph where it says "US$199 for 3G"? You need to buy it through Amazon International, not the Amazon US website ...


Im Batman posted a comment   

Is a great device, hope this allows more people to get one... and i guess this opens the doors for it to eventually be stocked through brick and mortar stores

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