Exciting announcement from Amazon. They now ship their Kindle internationally as prominently displayed on their frontpage:
Now, I couldn’t help myself investigating what Amazon means by “Internationally”. Let’s pick a poor small European country – Albania.
Ok – mildly surprised there, but even if piss poor, Albania still is a European country, let’s check a really tiny places:
Hell, I myself wouldn’t want to locate Wallis and Futuna on a map. How about Africa?
South America then?
OK – need to up the ante a bit. Surely a patriotic American company such as Amazon wouldn’t ship to communist countries – ahem – sorry – democratic republics that is:
I stand corrected. Lao is in South-East Asia, let’s check other South-East Asian countries. Cambodia?
No problem, Thailand?
No problem. Philippines?
Also no problem. Finally back to a communist country:
No problem. Now, what about Malaysia?
Still no go. And for some bizarre reason:
Odd! Why on earth would Amazon ship to places like Burma, Kiribati, Lao but not to Singapore and/or Malaysia?
Final note – OK – I wanted to prove a point here and I admit I did hand pick oddities a bit. There were other countries to which Amazon refused to ship – Indonesia and most of the former Soviet republics for example.