Numerous blogs are reporting that a Kindle store is now live at Before we all get too excited, I should clarify that this looks to be e-books only. While apps for various platforms are listed, there are no hardware Kindles on offer, and when I went looking for them on the main page, I was redirected to the American mothership.

But there are some welcome content offerings this new store brings to Canada: We can access the Kindle Singles now, and there is a reasonably large and well-organized selection of French e-books, which some of us have long been coveting. And, like the Canadian Kobo store, they are highlighting local authors. I’m not sure a legend like Alice Munro needs the front-page push necessarily, but it’s a start. And a ‘Canadian Bestsellers’ feature spotlights authors such as Rawi Hage and Tanis Rideout who are well worth a read.

I have some questions on how this is all going to work, exactly. If you need a .com account to buy a hardware Kindle, are you going to want to register separately for a .ca account too? And will features such as Wish List and Recommendations, which depend on your purchase history, carry over? My suspicion is they will not.

So, as someone who is already using the main store and who has an established library there, I am not seeing the incentive for me to switch over to the new Canadian version. I just hope they don’t make me do it—or that if they do, they have a protocol in place to transfer my stuff.

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  1. I see how it works: if you buy (when it becomes available) Sheila Fisher’s The Selected Canterbury Tales: A New Verse Translation from it is $9.99; from it’s $9.93 + 13% tax. I’d rather pay no tax and get it from

  2. A number of publishers already charge full Canadian taxes at Case in point: Harper Collins groups. Louse Penny “A Beautiful Mystery” is $16.50US at and $13.99CAN + tax at (or Kobo) . This has been going on for a year at least.

    There is no issue having both an account at and (and for that matter). It’s all one seamless thing. For convenience, you can transfer all your .com ebooks to .ca now, which makes a lot of sense. But, you don’t have to (yet). In other countries, Amazon restricts you to buying ebooks locally at the store level (for Canadians, Amazon handles this at the account level on .com).

    I’ll likely transfer my books over at some point.

    And I’d expect at some point Amazon will sell Kindles directly from .ca but the current system works really well (expect for free shipping) and they don’t have to carry duplicate inventory for Canada. Now … when do we get the cloud based services for apps, mp3s, videos and Amazon Prime? (Living in Toronto I already get next day shipping for “standard” free rates so I don’t want to mess that up.)

  3. Yes! A great read for less is THE CALENDAR BEGINS (A 12-21-12 Novella) by T. Lee Cook. Title is a bit misleading – the novella is set to start at an End of the World party. When the world doesn’t end well then it gets exciting. Great fun, mystery, all ages. Characters range from about 9 yrs old to 70+.

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