Kindle in the Philippines

Thursday, February 24, 2011 Stef dela Cruz 17 Comments

Kindle in the Philippines? I can sense book lovers reacting violently to this idea.

Not so long ago, a friend told me that books are soon going to be obsolete. I had to pause and ask myself if I heard him right. Books, obsolete? I shall dread that day.

Of course, with the advent of gadgets and gizmos like Kindle, reading a book doesn’t mean cutting down trees anymore. Kindle allows you to read e-books, giving you almost the same experience as reading an old-fashioned book.

One thing I didn’t like about the idea of reading e-books is the glare from my computer screen. I hate the eye strain. I like reading actual books better because I can write on my book (yes, I do it, let it go), and I don’t have to deal with any kind of glare. But when I looked at my friend’s Kindle, I was surprised to see that the screen actually looked like a real book page! Even the text looked like book print, complete with the tiny print flaws you would see in a real book page.

Below is a picture I took of my friend’s Kindle:

Amazon Kindle

Kindle Wireless Reading Device

In the Philippines, there are still very few Kindle users. However, I did realize that more and more people who are fond of gadgets are trying to order Kindle in the Philippines. Yes, Amazondoes ship Kindle to the Philippines. It costs $139 plus shipping (less than $5). Kindle shipped to the Philippines will arrive after 18 to 26 days. (If you want to order Kindle, here’s the link:Kindle Wireless Reading Device on Amazon.

Kindle’s battery lasts for one month, compared to tablets, laptops and mobile phones which have a battery life of just hours to days. I also found out that the glare-free screen is due to E Ink, which gives ambient brightness. The brightness of the page will be the same as the brightness of the room you’re in, so you don’t need to adjust it!

If you love gadgets and you love reading a book, it’s definitely something you might want to consider. My friend is raving about it. You just might, too. ^_^

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.

17 comments:

  1. Hi, Amazon does not ship Kindle to the Philippines. You can only have it shipped to a US address.

    You can however, use courier services like Johnny Air Cargo but the delivery fee will definitely be more than $5. Around $100+ or so.

    If you have friends coming home from the US you can have them bring it home, too.

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  2. To quote Amazon's website, "We are excited to now ship Kindle to Philippines..." Sorry, man, but you're wrong. :)

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  3. Yes. you can ship it to the Philippines. I had mine shipped for christmas! ;)

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  4. Great to hear! Kindle is definitely in the Philippines, thanks to the semi-miracle of shipping. ^_^

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  5. So no other charges at all except for the $5 shipping? Is that right? If I get the 3G+Wifi model, that'd be 189+5=$194. No more, no less. I just wanted to be sure because I live outside Manila and I hate to be bothered by paying additional blah blahs for customs. Actually, this is what kept me from getting a Kindle all this time.

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  6. That's what I understood from the text on Amazon, but why don't you check it yourself? Every time you order something from Amazon, they tell you how much you shall pay for shipping and handling. Check and see for yourself - just my two cents. :)

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  7. I actually want to order one but I am scared of the Custom tax if ever it comes in here in the Phil... I already had several bad experiences with customs people even if the package I receive is only a gift... >.>

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  8. I just tried to pre-order the latest Kindle Fire from Amazon.
    But it won't let me. The older Kindles are available for the Philippines, though.

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  9. Hello mga kababayan. Don't be nervous about ordering Kindle from Amazon for delivery to the Philippines. It's completely hassle-free! I have mine now, and my article here tells the story of how I placed my order and received my Kindle keyboard.

    http://www.kindlelove.org/2011/buykindleinthephilippines/

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  10. is it save to order from amazon cellphone. im leaving in zamboanga.baka kasi hinde save mag order ng cellphone sa amazon

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  11. Um, you mean is it SAFE to order? I guess it depends. I can't really vouch for safety, etc. because I'm not the one selling Kindle... but I hope it is. :)

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  12. well i have kindle and it sucks. it stuck on its advertisement or screen saver , every 5 minutes or less. I searched about it and apparently I am not the only one experiencing this kind of problem regarding the device. Now I can't finish my reading, i have to reboot it every time it frozen and im losing my bookmarks. and u lost your interest cos after reading for like 3 minutes, you can't flip another page cos it stuck again.

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  13. Too bad your Kindle sucks! Many of my friends are happy with their Kindle. :)

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  14. say I won a kindle from an international giveaway. Will I still be taxed for it?

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  15. Oh, you're going to have to ask customs that. That's not something I'm in a position to answer, yes? :) Good luck, though!

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