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E-Book Market Rekindled in Canada

Remember how Canadians were locked out from the worldwide Kindle launch last month? Well, whatever was happening behind the scenes conveniently got worked out in time for the holiday shopping season, so Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader is now being shipped to that primitive backwater known as Canada. The thing about e-books is that they last for weeks between charging, can be read in direct sunlight, and product can be downloaded via 3G networks “over the air” without syncing with your computer. If you want a Kindle, be prepared to pony-up a cool US $259, plus import fees (what free trade?), which, in Canadian dollars, is a little over three hundred smackers. Don’t discount Sony’s similar e-book offerings, but Barnes & Noble’s sexy little nook isn’t on its way north any time soon.


  • http://undefined MariaPD

    The border fees are gonna be a killer, especially if they don’t ship USPS but UPS or Fedex only. Those brokerage fees are insane!

  • Marc Lostracco

    I’ve had the incredible displeasure of dealing with UPS Canada on a few occasions, particularly for articles shipped over the border, and each experience summoned Falling Down–style rage from my deepest core.
    Brokerage fees are a total shakedown. A package handover from USPS to Canada Post is about $5, whereas the same package by courier can be about ten times that much for brokerage fees (on top of the courier cost). If I recall correctly, I even had an additional $10 fee once because the object being shipped was of “low value.” Whiskey tango foxtrot.

  • http://undefined eBook Reader

    Early reports show that shipping costs about $20 (US) and import fees are $30.
    This page has all the updated info for Kindle Canada.

  • http://undefined rek

    “In a story just dripping with irony, Amazon Kindle owners awoke this morning to discover that 1984 and Animal Farm had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for, and thought they owned. Apparently the publisher changed its mind about offering an electronic edition, and apparently Amazon, whose business lives and dies by publisher happiness, caved. It electronically deleted all books by George Orwell from people’s Kindles and credited their accounts for the price. Amazon customer service may or may not have responded to queries by stating, ‘We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.’”

    Caveat emptor. Kindles are just the latest of the IP industry’s attempt to put an end to people owning, rather than licensing, books, music, games and movies.