As far as I’m aware, this is the first time the Kindle will be available from a local retailer. Both versions of the graphite Kindle 3 are now up for pre-order: the 3G for $219, and Wi-Fi for $159 (shipping is free). That compares pretty well compared to getting it shipped from Amazon directly. Update: Also available Woolworths supermarkets.
For Australians, Amazon.com lists the 3G model for $189, and the Wi-Fi only version for $139. If you have a US address (or drop box), you can also go a little cheaper than that. But factor in shipping to Australia, GST and hassle, and you’re probably best to buy locally. And if you enter in WEEKEND30 on Dick Smith’s site before 11:59PM this Sunday, you’ll save $30.
Dick Smith also confirms that the 3G model’s roaming will indeed be free, letting you download books you buy on the fly.
Before your credit card starts burning a hole in your pocket — make sure you read Gizmood’s review of the latest Kobo Touch E-Reader. It’s also got a 6-inch screen, and in many ways, out guns the Kindle 3. Oh, and don’t forget that Amazon might have a little something something up its sleeve for later this year to battle the iPad.