Update (31 January 2015): For Kindle Voyage Australia fans out there, here is an update about the international availability of the ereader. Over the few weeks, I noticed that Kindle Voyage is listed at Amazon’s product results page when “Ship to Australia” filter is applied. The results likewise state that it is “Eligible for shipping to Australia”. Also, the product description page makes mention of “Want it [date]? Order within [number of hours] and choose AmazonGlobal Priority Shipping at checkout.”
I tried to place an order and selected an Australian address as shipping address. However, Amazon returned the usual error which states that the device is not available for international shipping and points a link for other kindle devices that can be directly delivered to Australia.
I don’t know if the information regarding the international availability of the device is an error on the part of Amazon.com or maybe an indication that the international release will come very soon.
It’s time for new Kindle line-up once again. Amazon, on September 17th, has updated once more it’s Kindle Family. The popular digital reading device got a major refresh through Amazon Kindle Voyage. Amazon started accepting pre-orders for Kindle Voyage and will begin shipping the device on October 21. Unfortunately, the device will be available for shipping in USA only. For Aussies, who are not willing to wait, here’s how you can buy Kindle Voyage ahead of everyone in Australia. Just take note of the following steps and you’ll have the device even before it is officially released here.
1. Open an account with Shipito.com. Shipito is a freight forwarder that will provide you with a USA address where you can ship whatever you want to buy in any online store in USA. Just complete the sign up process here. Once you receive your own USA address, proceed to the next step.
2. Pre-order Kindle Voyage from this Amazon page. Just follow the usual process when you shop at Amazon. When you are asked to enter your shipping address, use your Shipito USA address. For your billing address, use your credit card billing address. Then proceed to check out.
3. Just wait until October 21 when Amazon will start shipping the device. Amazon will ship your Kindle Voyage at your Shipito USA address. Once delivered, Shipito will then forward it to your address in Australia. You’ll have to pay minimum postage fee for that. And that’s it. You’ll have your Kindle Voyage even before Amazon releases it in Australia.
Update on Availability
It seems that the initial stocks of Kindle Voyage have been sold out. Due to popular demand, orders placed on September 20th will be shipped on the following days:
Wi-fi Only with Special Offers – November 24th
Wi-fi Only without Special Offers – December 8th
Wi-fi + Free 3G With Special Offers – October 24th
Wi-fi + Free 3G With Special Offers – December 8th
Update:As of today (Jan 31, 2015), all Kindle Voyage devices are back on stock. Amazon has obviously caught up with the huge demand for the device in the USA. This is also an indication that the store can now start stocking up for the device’s international release.
These availability dates would indicate that Kindle Voyage might not be released officially in Australia within the year.
Kindle Voyage is priced as follows:
Wi-fi Only with Special Offers $199
Wi-fi Only without Special Offers $219
Wi-fi + Free 3G With Special Offers $269
Wi-fi + Free 3G With Special Offers $289
1. High-Resolution Display
The New Kindle Voyage sports a six-inch next-generation Paperwhite display. What makes is different from the Kindle Paperwhite is that Voyage features a high-resolution display with 300 ppi.
PagePress is a new way of turning pages without using your fingers. The PagePress mechanism is located at the bezel of the device. Simply apply pressure onto it and the page will automatically turn. As it turn the page, PagePress will return a haptic response just so you know that it has recognized the pressure.
3. Adoptive Front Light
The Kindle Paperwhite introduced the built-in light for e-reading devices. Kindle Voyage innovates further by adding an adoptive front light sensor. This works in the same manner as the auto-brightness function of your smartphones. It will automatically adjust the brightness of the screen to adopt to the brightness in the environment.
4. Thinner than ever.
Kindle Voyage has a sleek yet durable design. It only measures 7.6 mm, making it the thinnest Kindle ever.
What Kindles are available direct shipping to Australia
The new Kindle, which now features a touch display, is now available for pre-orders and will start shipping on October 2, 2014. Aussies may place orders and Amazon will ship them directly to Australia.
Aside from the New Kindle, you may still order Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDx. All of which are available for direct shipping to Australia.
But if you’d insist on Kindle Voyage, go ahead and follow the steps above.
Amazon Kindle Voyage Australia