Apparently there are heaps of Thailand expats buying the Kindle online at the page you get when you click this image below:
Last week the Kindle was selling for $139 at the lowest price – for the WIFI version. Today it is just $114. The margins on this thing are supposed to be very low – so the company isn’t making much on each one – some say they are losing money. I’m quite sure that isn’t the case, there isn’t much to the Kindle – though it’s a revolutionary device.
Amazon added advertisements to the new cheaper Kindles to subsidize the price of it and allowed them to lower the price by $25.
I have seen more Kindles recently because I did some traveling by plane and train recently – there were Kindles on every journey.
If you’re a Thailand expat and you’re wondering – does this thing WORK in Thailand for the 3G? The answer is YES, it works.
But, of course -there IS NO nationwide 3G yet, so, it works with the present digital technology – EGPRS (EDGE) which is an advanced type of GPRS.
What that means is – it works just like the 3G connection will – when it finally goes online hopefully this year. But, it’s a bit slower. You can STILL surf at the Amazon bookstore and download new books you buy using the Amazon Kindle from Thailand – but, it’s slower to get them, that’s all. It’s fully functional though.
For me, the Kindle WIFI version is enough – I’m not online buying books all the time, so I can buy them from home while I have my WIFI connection. WIFI is all over southeast Asia – so if I am jonesin for another book I can always hit the internet shop or borrow my neighbors bandwidth for 10 minutes.
Take a look at this GIANT page about the Amazon Kindle at the official site – it has everything answered you could ever think of… and provides a simple way to buy it.
Note – you will pay shipping and customs import duty on the Kindles you buy – and any electronics you buy online. There used to be a good source for local Thailand Kindles, but that site is offline now. This is the only place, reliable and trustworthy place, that I know to buy your ebook reader from Amazon: