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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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