Amazon Kindle debuts in China

The Kindle Fire HD tablet and Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader are now on sale in China.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

The Amazon Kindle has officially landed in China.

On Friday, both the Kindle Fire HD tablet and the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader popped up for sale on Amazon's Chinese Web site. The Fire HD tablet costs 1,499 yuan ($244) for the 16GB version and 1,799 yuan ($293) for the 32GB version, while the Paperwhite e-reader costs 849 yuan ($138).

The Kindle devices will also be sold locally through Suning and Tesco Shi, two retail chains in China, according to Chinese news site Sina Tech. Chinese consumers will be able to find the Kindles at stores in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, and Chengdu. Amazon and Suning will team up to offer content for the Kindle, Sina Tech added. Suning already has deals with almost 1,000 publishers.

Last month, Sina Tech reported that Amazon would launch the Kindle in China on June 7.

The Kindle debut marks Amazon's growing push into China. Last December, the retail giant opened an online Kindle store for Chinese customers. And in early May, Amazon expanded its Android appstore to offer Chinese consumers both free and paid apps.

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