An article on thebookseller.com published yesterday cited anonymous sources among publishers as saying that the popular device would receive a UK launch later this year, as early as October. SciFiNow contacted Amazon for comment, and the company was adamant that any information on a release across the Atlantic is untrue. “We are unable to comment on rumour,” said a spokeswoman at Nelson Bostock, the PR firm handling Amazon’s media relations. “The Amazon Kindle is a US-only initiative and there are no plans for a UK release at this time.” When pressed further, the spokeswoman added that there is not even a rough schedule for any release in the United Kingdom in the future.
Amazon has recently been involved in a widely-publicised controversy regarding the licencing of its e-books on the Kindle platform, when it abruptly recalled all purchased copies of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four from the devices without warning.