Did you know the collective noun for a group of kittens is a kindle? That's appropriate, because kittens are what I'm having at the news that Amazon's Kindle will be available worldwide later this month.
It's still available only from the US site, as Kindle-format books will be (that's Kindle books such as my Sophie Green series), priced $279 (that's £175 of your British pounds). But this is actually a Good Thing, as anyone who's ever bought anything from the US can attest. No matter the exchange rate, nearly everything is cheaper in US dollars. The Sony Reader Touch retails at around £239 in the UK ($395), and $299 in the US (£188). Do they think we're all made of money?
But I digress. The US-centric sale of the Kindle up until now meant that not only would Amazon not ship the device to you, but that even if you did get your hands on one, you couldn't use the wireless feature to download books anywhere outside of the US. No, not even Canada (although the cynic in me wonders how close to the border you have to get before the wireless cloud magically disappears). Now you can get it all over the world (not everywhere: but I randomly clicked on a whole bunch of tiny countries, and the only one unavailable was Chad).
What does this actually mean? Two things. One: that ebooks just got a huge boost in the UK, Canada, Australia... you can now buy my books on Kindle wherever you are (except of course poor Chad)!
The other thing it means is that my Christmas wish list just got a whole lot more expensive...
ETA: The Smart Bitches alerted me to the fact that the Kindle isn't available in Canada. Nor New Zealand, although it is in Australia. Democratic Republic of the Congo, yes; Canada, no. Weird.