Following on from my article "How to buy a Kindle in South Africa" I recieved a number of comments from my readers that they could not purchase the new generation Kindle eReader - the Kindle Paperwhite, from Amazon.
Update: 9th November 2013 - the all new Kindle Paperwhite has been released for international shipment - check out this post for more:
or carry on reading:
So I tried it myself and behold I got a nice message telling me that they would not ship to my address in South Africa. So I emailed Amazon Customer Service and this is the reply that I received:
Regarding the shipping of Kindle Paperwhite to South Africa, currently, Kindle Paperwhite only ship from Amazon.com to addresses within the United States.
Kindle Paperwhite and its related services were designed to be used within the U.S. only and due to some warranty issue, we are not able to ship Kindle Paperwhite to South Africa.
I've forwarded your interest in "purchasing the Kindle Paperwhite in your country" to Kindle Team for consideration. They'll surely review your your comments while improve our store and provide better service to our customers.
We value our international customers and hope to make Kindle and related content available in more locations in the future.
Thanks for your interest in Kindle."
So as you can see they will not ship to South Africa directly. However, you can of course look online and purchase it from other South African online vendors such as RocketShop who claim to provide a 12 month warranty - but you are not going to get the Amazon warranty, which in my experience is a no quibble replacement warranty if the unit fails. (I have had 2 failures in 3 years).
So I guess its horses for courses ! If you want it now - you can buy from a local SA provider, or you can wait maybe six months and I am sure they will be here via Amazon.
Alternatively you can still buy the Kindle WiFi - here is the link:
Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - for international shipment
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Postscript 9th March 2013 - Now you can buy the Kindle Paperwhite in South Africa direct from Amazon International - check here: http://www.imarcfletcher.com/2013/03/how-to-buy-kindle-paperwhite-in-south.html