Great news, guys! The Kindle will be available for the Philippines starting Monday, October 19! I said “for” rather than “in” because you can’t exactly buy the Kindle in the Philippines. You have to go to the Amazon website, pre-order the Kindle 2 World from there, then wait for the device to arrive in the mail (and keep your fingers crossed that our wonderful government won’t slap heavy taxes on it).
How did this happen? On October 19, Amazon is releasing an international version of Kindle, the Kindle 2 World, to over 160 countries (except Canada, for some reason, lol). Most countries can’t view blogs on the Kindle, but we can order books and magazines over the wireless 3G network and receive them in seconds. That’s right – no need to hunt for Wireless hotspots to order an eBook with the Kindle, and no need for monthly dues to use the 3G network, either. Simply browse, click, and buy. According to the Kindle blog, there are around 290,000 book titles available for the Philippines, with each book costing an average of $11. Of course, $11 can you get an actual book around here, but I guess it beats having to deal with book clutter when you’re running out of space. Also, at least you can get book titles you can’t find here without worrying about heavy customs taxes.
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Amazed… That’s what I am. First by the speed of the delivery. I placed my order friday, monday the package was delivered. As I am french and used to the slightly longer delivery times of my home country, I couldn’t help but be delighted to have my Kindle in my hands monday evening !
As for the device itself, I was slightly surprised by its weight ! It looks almost unsubstantial in the pictures but it has a pleasant weight, and still stays light enough to be held in one hand without problem. It looks more fragile than it feels. That’s a good point.
As for reading, well, the book lover that I am was delighted. It’s a page. Like a book page. Enough already with the pointless debate – as in “I love the feel of the book, I love to turn the pages, and so on and so forth…”. I love to read. Period. I read books, I read newspapers on the internet, I read magazines. I don’t care for the paper, I just READ ! So even if I love my books, and don’t plan of emptying my bookshelves anytime soon, the idea of going on vacation with 10 or 20 books stashed in my Kindle just makes me extatic ! I will go on reading books, and add the Kindle to my reading habits. And reading on the Kindle screen really is pleasant and natural, not to mention that my 47 year old eyes love the possibility of adjusting the text size !
So now, all I have to do is wait for the silicon skin I ordered to protect my Kindle, and read ! I have the feeling I am entering the future of books… Once man wrote on stone tablets. Wax. Parchment. Skins. For a few centuries we have used paper. This is just a normal evolution in a digital age. And what matters is reading, when all is said and done.
Can i ask what the actual cost is? Including import fees and custom taxes when you order the Kindle from The Philippines?
Hello Nona. Here is the answer: http://www.kindlelove.org/2011/buykindleinthephilippines/
This is a very useful post and I hope it helps all others who are curious about ordering Kindle to be delivered to the Philippines.