Amazon’s Kindle range in Australia finally includes its Android-powered Kindle Fire models, which offer Android apps as well as ebook reading. Fire models go on sale starting from today in Dick Smith and Big W stores.
The slightly lower-spec Kindle Fire HD is available today in those stores for $189. The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX will go on sale on November 26 for $329, with the 10-inch HDX model to follow on December 10 for $479. Both Big W and Dick Smith are also selling the latest Paperwhite model for $159.
Veteran Kindle buyers will know that buying through the Amazon site is often cheaper than local retailers, even with postage included, and it’s always worth checking that site before buying (unless you need the device very urgently). Amazon VP Neil Lindsay told Lifehacker this wasn’t a deliberate policy, but the outcome of frequent price adjustments on the site to reflect exchange rates and available supply.
Amazon is also launching a full-blown Australian Kindle store, with Australian pricing and Australian authors. See our full guide to the new store for all the details.