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UK Gets a Kindle Store

9:35 AM -- Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) has launched a UK Kindle store that offers 400,000 e-books, including more than 80 of the 100 Nielsen UK bestsellers, The Guardian reports.

Previously, a Brit who wanted a Kindle had to have it shipped from the US and then had to buy e-books on the US site in American dollars. Not anymore, says Greg Greeley, vice president of European retail at Amazon: "The opening of the UK Kindle Store allows customers to buy content in pounds sterling and offers a great shopping experience including UK customer reviews, recommendations, bestseller lists and customer service."

The UK Kindle store seems to operate on a different pricing system from the US version. Some of the bestsellers have surprisingly low prices -- Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest is just £2.70, and Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love is £3.58.

However, the actual Kindle devices cost about $25 more than they do in the US store: £109 for the WiFi model and £149 for the WiFi and 3G model.

In other news:

  • There's a rumor circulating that Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is coming out with new versions of its mobile products soon, reports Jeremy Horowitz at iLounge. This includes a new iPhone, repacked to do away with the current version's antenna problems, at the beginning of 2011; a seven-inch version of the iPad to be released at the end of 2010 or beginning of 2011; and new iPods in the next couple of months.

  • Tween Internet sensation Fred Figglehorn is now the star of a movie that will debut on Nickelodeon in September. Click here to watch the trailer. If you dare.

    — Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Light Reading Cable

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