I finally shook off my laziness and put together a Kindle comparison page. Updated for 2012. Check it out to see the range at a glance, and also to find out which Kindle models do and don't ship to NZ... Kindle Comparison
If you are considering buying an eBook reader and live in New Zealand, there are a few choices you can make. Several brands of eBook readers are available on our shores, but after thorough research, I ended up buying an Amazon Kindle 3, and am very glad I did. Amazon has recently started to ship the Kindle to New Zealand. The Kindle is Amazon’s bestselling e-book reader, as well as it's all-time best-selling product! After the decision to buy my Kindle was made, my next step was to research my options. I found that the only "official" way to buy one is from Amazon USA, who promise delivery to New Zealand in under a week (provided they have it in stock). I did find one or two Aussie stockists, but their prices are about $100 more expensive! I figured they are buying the Kindle from Amazon and adding a big margin to the price - however, they do offer overnight shipping for the desperate. True to Amazon's word, my Kindle arrived on day 6 :) Many of my friends have asked me if all of the features of the Kindle are available in New Zealand, such as book downloading, reading PDFs, and Internet access. The answer is yes! Click here for information about the specific models, but rest assured, the Kindle you buy and have shipped to New Zealand comes fully functioning, and able to access the entire range of features our American friends get (apart from the minor feature of "blog subscriptions", and some eBooks and magazines which are limited in distribution to US and other areas). Don't forget to buy an New Zealand power adapter (handy, but optional, as the Kindle can be charged off your laptop or PC via USB cable. You can get one at a discount if you buy an adapter at the same time you buy your Kindle). Another essential is a Kindle cover or case, which is essential to keep your precious Kindle safe from mishap. The Kindle's screen does not produce any light of it's own (which is why it is so easily readable in full sunlight), and so you might want to go for a reading light, which clip on to the Kindle itself. You can even get a nifty case that has a reading light built into it! After I got my Kindle, I went back to Amazon and was utterly amazed at the massive range of accessories they have for the Kindle! Click here to learn about the individual Kindle models available in New Zealand.
More info soon! Meanwhile, check out the newest Kindle that ships to NZ shores...
Kindle (Wi-Fi) is a great choice if you already have a high-speed internet connection and wireless router set up in your home or office and do not need the added convenience of a 3G connection. 3G enables you to download books anytime, almost anywhere in the world, while on the go. If you do not have Wi-Fi set up in your home, Kindle 3G may be a better option. Kindle 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) is the easiest option because there is no wireless setup—you are ready to shop, purchase, and read right out of the box. Built-in Free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that mobile phones use, but there are no monthly fees or commitments—Amazon pays for your Kindle’s 3G wireless connectivity! The added convenience of 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go—without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection. With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, Kindle 3G is a great option for travelers.
The Kindle 3 cannot really be considered a revolutionary device, it is after all in its third generation. So while it’s hardly revolutionary, it is certainly the most refined eBook reader ever. Many comparisons have been made to previous Kindle models, so I won’t discuss those here. This slim, light, and fast device is adorably small. The high-contrast E Ink screen is very easy on the eyes. The Kindle’s display is pleasingly free of glare as it is not backlit. After a day’s staring at an LCD screen, reading the Kindle provides a welcome rest for the eyes. E Ink displays are easily readable in sunlight, which is notorious for washing out even the brightest LCD displays. The absence of a backlight does mean that you can’t read your kindle totally in the dark, but there are several solutions to this – from clip-on lights, leather covers with lights built into them, or the good old-fashioned bedside lamp! The Kindle is not really designed for the itinerant reader, but rather for the type of person who loves to spend hours and hours really getting into a book, who travels frequently and/or has a bookshelf so full of books that there is barely enough room for one more. Kindle lovers appreciate the fact that they can travel with their entire library while only having to charge their device around once a month. For those who prefer to spend more time watching YouTube videos, playing games and surfing the web, then perhaps a laptop, iPad or Android tablet would be more suitable. These devices are also probably a better choice for parents who love reading to their kids, and the increased interactivity, color and animation really can help children to engage. There are times however when many of us, regardless of how awesome our new tech toys are, simply want to put away our attention-sapping gadgets and curl up with a good book. If you, or a loved one, love reading full-length fiction or nonfiction books, the Kindle 3 makes a fantastic gift, even for owners of tablet devices such as the iPad.