It's fantastic news for cave-dwelling hermits and submarine-stationed sailors alike. Amazon's self-illuminating Kindle Paperwhite will be officially available in Australia from next week.
Local retailer Dick Smith is now taking pre-orders for the ebook reader, charging AU$149 for the unit (plus postage) with the promise of delivery on Tuesday February 12.
The unit is a Wi-Fi only version, with 2GB internal storage and a 6-inch touchscreen e-ink display.
No pick-up lines
The pre-order page on the Dick Smith website explicitly states that this is an "online only" product, and not available in stores, suggesting there could be limited stock.
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No other major Australian retailer is advertising the availability of local stock for the near future. The Kindle has been available through online retailers for a while though, with Amazon itself shipping the Paperwhite e-readers to Australia for the past few months.