A week after launching its marketplace in India, Amazon India has launched its Kindle eBook readers and tablets in the country. These devices will be available from Amazon.in as well as retail store such as Croma, Reliance Digital, E-Zone and Vijay Sales in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Hyberabad, and Ahmedabad.
When we checked, the 5th generation Kindle is currently available for purchase for Rs 5999. It appears that Croma is handling the delivery of the 5th generation Kindle. The Kindle Paperwhite WiFi model is priced at Rs 10,999 and WiFi+3G model at Rs 13,999, Kindle Fire 7-inch at Rs 15,999 and Kindle Fire 8.9-inch at Rs 21,999 and will be available for purchase starting June 28, 2013. It’s not clear whether retail store Croma will handle the delivery of other devices as well. Update: Amazon India has informed MediaNama that Croma will sell all the tablets and paper white on amazon.in and they may have other sellers as well for these and future devices.
Update: Note that the 5th generation Kindle is available from Amazon.com for $69 or Rs 4028. Similarly, the Kindle Paperwhite WiFi only model is available for $139 or Rs 8114, Kindle Paperwhite WiFi+3G model for $199 or Rs 11,617, Kindle Fire 7-inch for $214 or Rs 12,500, and Kindle Fire 8.9-inch for $284 or Rs 16,500. Buying the Kindle eBook readers and tablets from Amazon.com turns out to be a lot cheaper than ordering from Amazon.in, however, in that case the user still has to take care of the shipping cost.
Note that in March 2013, Amazon.com subsidiary, Amazon Seller Services had appointed the IT distributor Redington India as a national distributor for its Kindle devices. Previously, Amazon had tied up with the multi-brand electronics store chain Croma to offer Kindle devices on Croma’s online store and across various Croma retail outlets across India last August.
Features: Kindle Paperwhite comes with capacitive touchscreen and E-Ink display technology. It also comes with dictionary and an app for web browsing. The Kindle tablets come with custom HD display, built-in dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-Fi, and apps for web browsing and streaming, other Android apps, games and books.
Kindle Store & Android App Store in India
In August 2012, Amazon had launched the Kindle Store for the Indian market on Amazon.com, which will feature e-books available for purchase in Indian currency. The company claims that the Kindle Store in India offers 1.7 million books priced in Indian currency. In April 2013, Amazon launched its Android Appstore in India allowing users in India to purchase Android apps from its app store. The launch of these devices in India strengthens Amazon’s software and hardware ecosystem.
What’s not available in India
Amazon’s other content services such as music (CloudPlayer), movies and television programs (Amazon Instant Video) are still not available in India.