It wasn’t entirely unexpected when Amazon released their Kindle ebook reader some time ago and it wasn’t available in New Zealand. After all, it wasn’t available to anyone much, if they weren’t in the USA.
Recently though, we got our hopes up when Kindle was released to more than a hundred countries, including the tiny nation of Tuvalu. It’s probably comforting to the island’s inhabitants that at least they’ll be able to read digital books as they retreat to almost non-existent high ground while the oceans rise around them.
Alas, in one of those unexplained mysteries, apparently New Zealand is excluded from buying and using the Kindle.
Kindle for iPhone
Until today, when somehow the Kindle application for iPhone and iPod touch suddenly became available, along with access to quite a few, but not all, Kindle format books.
The app itself is free to download from the App Store.
I was a bit frustrated to find that several titles I searched for were available as Kindle ebooks, but not in my region, ie New Zealand.
Searching’s a bit tedious, so I looked at Amazon’s Kindle section on my Mac and located a free title: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. I ‘bought’ the ebook and opened up my iPhone to find it had been delivered to Kindle.app.
That was quick and easy.
I flicked through a few pages of the book and discovered the controls that allow me to resize font, change text colour and so on.
Now I can see why people like their Kindles so much.
It’s been a few decades since I last read 20,000 Leagues, but I’m not entirely sure I want to read it again.
I’ll invest more time and find a title I really want to buy, and look forward to reading it on my iPod touch.
I hate buying books on paper. I want to read them, not have chunks of dead tree taking up space on my shelves. If only I could buy the titles I want, when I want them.
Still, this is a great leap forward, and I’m very glad.