On the day Kindle arrives, Shortcovers adds more Canadian publishers

John Connors

November 17, 2009 10:41am

kindleAmazon’s eBook reader “Kindle” is available (link here) to ship in Canada today for $259 (USD) and has over 300,000 books and magazines around the U.S. $11.99 or less mark. They say that “Kindle wirelessly downloads books, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution 6-inch electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. Kindle utilizes the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so you never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot”.

Ian Freed, vice president of Kindle said “We know that Canadians are passionate about books and reading, and we’re excited to make Kindle available to our customers there. Kindle enables customers around the world including Canada to think of a book and start reading it in under 60 seconds.”

Also today rival Indigo’s “Shortcovers”, the ebook reader for your mobile device, has announced that the “world needs more Canada” and has “just signed an agreement to carry thousands of newly digitized works from Canadian-owned publishers… We’re so proud to be the first retailer to take part in this initiative. We’ve always believed that book lovers should be able to get ebooks anywhere, anytime, and that Canadian content is something the whole world should be able to enjoy.”

It will be interesting to see how these two eBook reader organizations compete. CTO Michael Serbinis of Chapters Indigo has stated in the past that Shortcovers is the “Kindle Killer”. Now that Kindle is actually in our yard we’ll see who stays the course

  • joe

    Indigo should just sign a deal with Barnes and Noble and bring the Nook to Canada. Their chance of success against the Kindle is slim to none because reading on a computer and PDA/phone isn’t as reading on an eInk device.

  • reidjr

    With all due respect to short covers and there company.I hope they can compete but its not going to be easy aslo the kindle offers a device that is very appealing.

  • reidjr

    To truley compete they need there own device.

  • bj

    or better prices… Unless it is just me who struggles to pay $11.99 for an ebook, when I can buy the paperback verison for $8.99-10.99.

    I like the idea, but it still is not as satisfying as actually holding a book, and I don’t have deal with any DRM crap with the paper copy (it is mine forever to do with what I wish).

    If the price was more reasonable and I could buy the ebook at the same time or sooner than the hardcover release, without any DRM I would be interested.

  • reidjr

    One of the neat thing about this unit is you can download via 3g right to the unit.So you could be at the park or out and not have much to do and say i could really read a book right now.Pull out your kinddle and go to the online store and buy and download your book in 60 seconds this alone is very appealing.

  • reidjr

    Another interesting thing is barns and nobile is launching there ebook service in canada dec 1.THe nook will not be avaible here but the service will be which could be not good news for short covers.