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Kindle DX to ship outside US, says Amazon

But Microsoft doesn't care

The Kindle DX will be available internationally during 2010, Amazon has confirmed.

Company spokesman Drew Herdener has said that the DX – which has a larger, 9.7in screen than the original Kindle, which has a 6in screen – will be available internationally “sometime next year”, according to reports.

A specific UK launch date or price for the DX hasn’t been announced.

Two days ago, Amazon announced that the smaller Kindle – available to buy in North America since 2007 - will be made available to UK-based buyers on 19 October.

But instead of a dedicated UK version, the online retailer's US wing will simply start accepting orders from overseas customers and ship the e-book viewer out for $279 (£175/€190) plus shipping and import taxes – a total price of $344.98 (£217/€234) for Brits.

At this stage, it's unclear whether the DX will likewise be an internationally sold unit, or a UK-specific device.

In related news, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer recently said: “We are not interested in e-readers ourselves,” during the recording of a TV show in the Netherlands, according to a report by Reuters. ®

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