Amazon plans to start selling its Kindle reader worldwide on October 19, and will ship the 6in screen version of the device from the US the UK customers for $279 (£175). However, it's likely that import taxes will push the price up to around £200 here.

The 6in Amazon Kindle, available for pre-order on Amazon's site, has the ability to wirelessly download books and other content globally, the company said today.

The Kindle will be sold in 100 countries in total, but not in China because Amazon is unable to ship the Kindle and offer Kindle content to Chinese customers, the company said.

Bestseller books will cost $11.99 or more for international customers, with about 100,000 other titles available for less than $5.99, Amazon said. These prices are higher than in the US where most bestsellers sell for $9.99.

Amazon also said that it is lowering the price of the 6in display Kindle in the US to $259 from $299. The Kindle DX, which has a 9.7-inch display retails for $489.

The Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless is 0.36 inches thick and weighs just over 10 ounces, Amazon said. Its 2GB of memory holds up to 1,500 books. The device features an experimental text-to-speech feature, Amazon added.

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