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Amazon announces roll-out of popular Kindle e-reader to 100 new countries

ONLINE retail giant Amazon announced yesterday that it is introducing the Kindle, its wireless eBook reader, in more than 100 countries &ndash; including the UK.<br /><br />The move gives the world&rsquo;s largest online retailer the widest global reach among its competitors, including chief rival Sony.<br /><br />But it was not clear yesterday which UK mobile network providers would provide the Kindle&rsquo;s wireless connection, a potentially lucrative deal which would be a coup for the carrier in question.<br /><br />The Kindle will sell for $279 (&pound;175) outside of the US, where the price is going to be cut by 13 per cent to $259, bringing it closer to rivals.<br /><br />Amazon said over 200,000 English-language books from a host of publishers as well as more than 85 international and US newspapers and magazines would be available on the international device, which begins shipping 10 October.<br /><br />&ldquo;Our vision for Kindle is every book ever printed, in print or out of print, in every language, all available within 60 seconds,&rdquo; said Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos.