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A friend from Italy pointed me to Amazon.it yesterday where Kindle Paperwhite appeared on offer. It looks like it’s already available for pre-order in all localized Kindle stores: in UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.
Kindle Paperwhite (both versions: WiFi and WiFi+3G) will be released on October 25 in UK, and on November 22 in other markets. There is a limit of two units per customer, just like in US, where due to heavy demand the delivery is delayed by 4-6 weeks.
Under Kindle Paperwhite 3G in German Kindle Store there is already a message that due to a popular demand the pre-ordered units will ship on December 3:
Aufgrund der großen Nachfrage werden heute aufgegebene Bestellungen voraussichtlich in der Woche ab dem 3. Dezember versandt werden. Die Bestellmenge ist auf zwei Geräte pro Kunde limitiert.
Now, this becomes the biggest question: will your ordered Paperwhite come for Christmas? If the delay time will be kept, there is quite a big risk that it won’t. Six weeks from November 22 is January 3.
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