Customers buying the Kindle Paperwhite through Amazon International are now getting their devices shipped directly to Aussie shores.
We knew the Paperwhite would be coming sometime early this year — but we did not expect that Amazon would try to sneak the release in unnoticed.
Following up on a report on Gizmodo that claimed some Australian customers were now receiving their Paperwhite e-readers direct from Amazon (rather than through a parcel forwarding service) led CNET Australia to the Amazon International product page — clearly showing the Paperwhite as finally available and in stock for Australian customers.
When you select Australia from the drop-down country selection menu, a pop-up box proudly declares, "We are excited to now ship Kindle to Australia."
The Kindle Paperwhite, long awaited by Kindle customers, is Amazon's first E Ink reader to have a built-in front-light. Although it was announced in September of last year, it was beaten to the Australian market by the Kobo Glo, an ePub-compatible reader with the same feature.
CNET Australia has contacted Amazon for comment and confirmation, and will update this story when we know more.