I’ve been considering purchasing one of the Amazon Kindle’s here in Thailand and was wondering where to buy it, but also – asking myself, “Does it even make sense to buy a Kindle in Thailand?” I have about 15 books there, (here’s one) – but, I’m not really a book reader anymore. I’ve read a couple on the software Kindle that works on my PC – but, haven’t bought a Kindle in TH yet.
Turns out – it does make sense to buy one of the new 6-inch WIFI + Free 3G Kindles in Thailand. And you get FREE SUPER SAVER SHIPPING – so, you really can’t beat this deal.
With the new updated Kindle it now works for free 3G or EDGE/ GPRS connection in 100 countries across the globe. Thailand is one of them. It doesn’t say that the 3G works – in Bangkok for the Kindle, so I’m guessing it’s just EDGE all around the country, which is what the coverage map showed for Thailand and, really, is fast enough for text and most web photos.
The new Kindle is available at Amazon and even if you’re here in Thailand you can buy it and get free shipping to your home in Thailand for $189 at this link (my affiliate link):
Now, in order to order the correct Kindle for Thailand you need to notice this little box on the right at that order page:
See it there? Click where the arrow points.
You’ll get a small pop-up in the middle of your screen.
Scroll down through the options and choose “Thailand” and then you will see this below:
Click “this separate page.” where the arrow points. Now that will take you to the correct order page for International Kindles that work best with Thailand’s wireless network (and presumably other international networks).
How the Kindle works is that you can buy books straight from your Kindle from anywhere in Thailand using the wireless phone connection to Amazon. Your Kindle logs you into your account. You buy what you want and instantly download your books. They say it takes all of 60 seconds to get your ebook.
These new Kindles can hold up to 3,500 books. There are many free ebooks at the Kindle Store too – so you can try them out. Kindle allows you change the font type, size, the size of the lines of text, and the amount of contrast. With the new Kindle that you can have here in Thailand – you can read the text in bright Thailand sunshine at the beach, the contrast is that good.
There is a delay in shipping right now of about 3 weeks. If you order today they’ll ship it on September 10th, 2010 is what I was shown. I haven’t ordered yet, still figuring out which bank card to use. I think it’s time to jump into the ebook market instead of reading paper books. The Kindle takes the place of a lot of books I’d rather not carry when I travel.
If you buy a Kindle in Thailand write in and let me know how it all goes for you – I’ll post it here if you want.
Update 1/20/11:There will be a new Amazon Kindle coming out – it must be in the works by now, but there is no word on it at all. The current version is perfect for reading books – and I mean perfect – that’s what it was made to do – not be a “do everything” device. What it isn’t fine for is surfing the internet, watching videos, and typing email or books out. Is Amazon going to go that way and make the Kindle MORE than just an ebook reader? Remains to be seen. I hope not. I don’t think they really have much chance to “do it all” and beat the IPad and other tablets coming out soon. Best to stick with what they know – epaper screens, and add some more basic multimedia functionality.
What do you think?
Note – you cannot use your Amazon Kindle to find girls to date in Thailand. Find girls here.