Thanks to author Richard Herley for the following info. Below is an excerpt from The Bookseller. The author is wrong, however, in stating that Amazon is looking for WiFi partners. This is made clear later in the article when she talks about Amazon speaking with “carriers”. It’s a pity when journalists write about technology they don’t understand. Read the full article at the link above. It’s got some interesting stuff about Amazon’s sales pitch to authors at the end.
Amazon will not launch its Kindle e-book reader in the UK until after Christmas as it attempts to sign up Wi-Fi partners around Europe, it has been revealed.
Rumours that Amazon.com was poised to launch the device in Europe—with the Frankfurt Book Fair the launch venue—have been circulating. However, fair-goers hoping for an early sighting of the popular device will be disappointed.
In an interview with The Bookseller, Brian McBride, managing director of Amazon in the UK, said it was not yet clear when the Kindle would launch in the country. He said it was likely to be some time next year, given the complexity of signing up the many partners needed to support Europe-wide Wi-Fi access. “The Kindle is based on wireless technology. If you need agreement with carriers in the US, there is one carrier. In Europe it is a minefield as there are so many operators. If you buy a Kindle in the UK and want to read it on the beach on holiday in Spain, unless we have signed deals in Spain it is not going to work on that beach,” he said.