New Kindles available in Canada

- January 23rd, 2013
Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite. (Supplied)

The Kindle Paperwhite and the new version of the Kindle are now available here in Canada.

Both are available through various retailers, including Staples, The Source and Shoppers Drug Mart as well as through Amazon.ca.

You can also buy e-books through the Canada Kindle Store accessible from your Kindle and Amazon.ca.  The online store offers over 1.5 million titles, over 250,000 of which are exclusive to the Canada Kindle Store. In addition, there are over 50,000 French-language titles and over 35,000 free books.

According to the press release, the Kindle Paperwhite is the “most advanced e-reader ever built.” The 6-inch electronic ink display has 62% more pixels and 25% more contrast than the previous generation  Kindle and has a built-in front light to make reading easier.

The 169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm device is 77% thinner than the previous Kindle and has an eight-week battery life (based on a half an hour of reading a day, with the lighting level set at 10). It comes with 2 GB of internal storage (roughly 1,100 books) and about 1.25 GB of online storage. The 3G version weighs 222 g and is available through Amazon.ca for $199, while the 213-g Wi-Fi only version is available for $139.

Kindle

Kindle. (Supplied)

In contrast, the regular Kindle is smaller and lighter. The 165.75 mm x 114.5 mm x 8.7 mm device features the same 6-inch electronic ink display but weighs only 170 g and has a month battery life (based on half an hour of reading a day). It comes with same storage as the Paperwhite. This Wi-Fi only device is available through Amazon.ca for $89.

But the big question is whether Canada will eventually get the Kindle Fire – Amazon’s answer to the tablet market. No word on that today. But here’s hoping…

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10 comments

  1. Vince | January 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    You could already buy a Kindle through places like Staples in Canada or through Amazon.ca. What would be big news is if you could by the Kindle Fire/Kindle Fire HD in Canada. This isn’t news.

  2. Adam Swimmer | January 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Sorry, you’re right. I had a brain fart there. I’ve corrected the first sentence.

    I agree that having the Kindle Fires here would be bigger news – as the time for e-readers is fading anyway.

  3. Sandra | January 23, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Kindle paperwhites were not available in Canada until today. You had to order from amazon.com to an American address and then get someone there to ship it up. You couldnt even get amazon.com to ship one to Canada. And, they werent in Staples or anywhere else. I know…I tried to get one.

  4. Adam Swimmer | January 23, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    No, it’s my fault. Originally, I wrote these were the first Kindles available in Canada because earlier versions weren’t available through Amazon.ca. Vince was just pointing out that he could buy a Kindle from Staples.

    But the Kindles mentioned in Amazon’s announcement today, the Paperwhite and the current generation Kindle, are available for the first time in Canada.

  5. Armitage | January 24, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I have a Paperwhite and think it’s great! White I have the older (and now discontinued) large Kindle DX that I love and use daily, with the new Paperwhite I can read in bed without turning on a light waking the wife.

  6. Kitwel | January 25, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Are we ever going to be able to download anything but books to ther kindle fire or HD if it comes to canada? I have a kindle fire, love it as an ereader and checking email and facebook, but the “wonderful” media and apps for it from the kindle store are not available in canada.

  7. Adam Swimmer | January 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

    My guess is that the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD will eventually be available in Canada. And when they are – the apps will be too. Granted, it may not be until they come out with the next generation of the devices.

  8. Paul | January 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    And friend of mine loves his kindle. But for my self, I use my playbook. You can not rent from the library yet on Kindle. At least not in Calgary. You can on the blackberry. It may not be as nice of a read but for me it fine.

  9. Rick | September 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Can you download (borrow) Calgary library books with the paperwhite Kindle?

  10. Greg Gazin | September 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Rick, I have a sneaking suspicion that they’re not compatible. I think it might be a system issue. Some library systems only work with Kindle in the U.S. I’d check with them http://calgarypubliclibrary.com/books-more/ebooks

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