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March 8, 2009 11:32 PM Subscribe
Recommend an eBook Reader for purchase by an Australian?
posted by planetthoughtful to Technology (6 answers total)
Since the release of the Amazon Kindle 2, I've been thinking more and more about getting an eBook Reader device. Unfortunately, Amazon seems to have done an effective job of locking the Kindle into US usage only (aside from needing a US credit card and mailing address to order one, it looks like you need a US credit card to buy content, and as far as I can tell the only way to get content onto them is via the builtin cellular capability, which wouldn't work in Australia), so that rules the Kindle out.
Aside from the Kindle, it appears that the Sony Reader Digital Book also can't be purchased directly in Australia, though I've heard of people ordering them in from OS. I can only assume this means you can still purchase, download and transfer eBook content onto them in Australia, but I haven't been able to confirm this directly.
So, I'm left wondering if there's an eReader device out there that has reasonable functionality in the range of the Kindle and Sony Reader Digital Book (primary function for me is take-with-me library, rather than on-demand internet browsing etc), that can be purchased directly or indirectly from Australia, and which will work in the sense of being able to purchase and download a wide range of of eBooks (fiction, non-fiction, classic literature, programming manuals, etc) in Australia? No problems at all if this means transferring content on the Reader via USB or SD card, etc.
Bonus points if I can save / print / export web page content onto the Reader, so I can use it in conjunction with ReadItLater (currently I use Evernote to capture the text content from ReadItLater pages and then print out double-sided for my train trips to and from work, but this seems wasteful for once-off articles).
So have any Australian MeFites (or MeFites from any other part of the globe, if you have input) successfully purchased an eReader and used it to purchase and download eBooks?
Many thanks in advance for any help!