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Amazon Kindle goes international

Electronic reader will now be available in over a hundred different countries instead of just in the United States

Amazon's Kindle e-reader will cost $279 internationally.
Amazon's Kindle e-reader will cost $279 internationally.

A new model of Amazon's Kindle e-reader will now be available in more than a hundred countries including France, India and Brazil.

The Kindle, which is just over 1/3 of an inch thick, is capable of storing 1,500 books. Customers around the world can now download books wirelessly through the Kindle Store which has over 350,000 books from top publishers as well as more than 85 international and U.S. newspapers and magazines.

"We have millions of customers in countries all over the world who read English-language books," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. "Kindle enables these customers to think of a book and download it wirelessly in less than 60 seconds."

The move will see Amazon compete with Sony, Fujitsu, Samsung and others now in the global electronic reader market.

The Kindle will ship internationally on October 19th and cost $279. However the company has revealed that it will not ship the device or offer Kindle content in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East at present.