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Amazon Kindle Global Wireless – Wooo HOOOO

My book friends have all been wishing for a global wireless Kindle – and here it is!

From Amazon, and yes, I own stock in Amazon, but not so much as to make me a rich woman. 🙂 What I wonder . . . is how this will work in the Gulf countries, where books are heavily censored? Will people have free access to any book they choose (gasp!) with a Kindle?

(Update: Here’s the answer – ‘global’ does not mean everywhere. Saudi Arabia is covered, but Kuwait and Qatar are not!)

Say Hello to Kindle DX with Global Wireless
Beautiful Large Display: 9.7″ diagonal e-ink screen reads like real paper; boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and sharp images

Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines

Books In Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered wirelessly in less than 60 seconds; no PC required

3G Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle DX; no monthly fees, no annual contracts, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots

Global Coverage: Enjoy 3G wireless coverage at home or abroad in over 100 countries. See details. Check wireless coverage map.

Carry Your Library: Holds up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents

Longer Battery Life: Now read for up to 1 week on a single charge with wireless on, a significant improvement from the previous battery life of 4 days

Built-In PDF Reader: Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your personal and professional documents on the go

Auto-Rotating Screen: Display auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the device so you can view full-width maps, graphs, tables, and Web pages

Read-to-Me: With the text-to-speech feature, Kindle DX can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book’s rights holder made the feature unavailable

Free Book Samples: Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy

Large Selection: Over 400,000 books, including 101 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs. For non-U.S. customers, content availability and pricing will vary. Check your country.

Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are $9.99, unless marked otherwise. When traveling abroad, you can download books wirelessly from the Kindle Store or your Archived Items. U.S. customers will be charged a fee of $1.99 for international downloads.

January 23, 2010 - Posted by | Books, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Marketing, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Shopping


  1. SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSssssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhh!!!!! I was HOPING no one would realize that and start asking questions!!! lets just hope the beards that smell of urine and their ink blots dont catch on..

    Comment by Mrm | January 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. although its says that kindle won’t work in kuwait .. it actually does as i have been successful in downloading several books and periodicals wirelessly

    Comment by solution 1 | January 23, 2010 | Reply

  3. Wooo HOOOO! Works in Kuwait!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 23, 2010 | Reply

  4. I am not getting a Kindle because Amazon can detract books whenever they want. And then you can’t read your book anymore. According to the Dutch Consumers association they have done so with several titles. That sucks big time!

    Comment by Aafke | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  5. I don’t have a Kindle, but I do have an iphone. The Kindle for iphone app allows me to also download wirelessly to… China! Yah! Although officially not allowed, I think it works because I am using a US credit card with a US billing address.

    I also do not like that Amazon has control over the books I buy, as Aafke says. I have always purchased ebooks to read on my laptop that have DRM, but never the ability for the store to delete them from my device. However, for right now I am going to tolerate it, as having access to SO many books and being able to conveniently read them is a huge joy to me, as so many expats the world over will surely understand!

    Comment by globalgal | January 25, 2010 | Reply

  6. Hmmm. I didn’t know they could take books out of circulation. Hmmm. Like you buy them, and one day they are gone from your collection on Kindle?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 25, 2010 | Reply

  7. I was on the fence for months before I finally decided to order my Kindle 2. I had been reading such mixed reviews about the device and about Amazon’s customer service that I simply could not decide about the purchase. This review is for all of those people, like me, that cannot decide if they need a Kindle 2 for themselves. Well, struggle with the decision no more and ORDER IT! I am so happy with my Kindle 2 and I look forward to reading it every single day. All of the problems that I was worried about are not problems at all. Downloading books is easy, the screen is NOT too dark, the font size is adjustable and the Kindle customer service support is terrific. I had a problem with my Kindle 2 and I was instantly connected with the most helpful representative. I did not have to wait on hold and the problem was solved in no time. I have made the highest recommendations of the Kindle 2 to my friends and family and will continue to do so in the future. I can say with absolute confidence, if you order your own Kindle 2 you will not be disappointed!!!

    Comment by malofieonline | April 5, 2010 | Reply

  8. Thanks for your input, Malafie.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 5, 2010 | Reply

  9. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your preference. In the middle of a great book or article but have to jump in the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen on the go.

    Comment by rochman | July 2, 2010 | Reply

  10. No kidding! I did not know there was the audible/hands free mode, thanks Rochman. That is amazing.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 2, 2010 | Reply

  11. I am in Riyadh, and II renetly bought two books throouugh Amazon and they haven’t downloaded a week later. Anyone had similar?

    Comment by Rob Young | September 29, 2011 | Reply

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