October 22, 2009

Fun Facts About The Amazon Kindle

Filed under: fail,interfaces,losers,toys,vendetta — mhoye @ 1:34 pm

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Some places you can get the Amazon Kindle, and some fun facts about them!

  • The Aland Islands. Fun fact: the Aland islands have an estimated population of just over 27 thousand people.
  • Botswana. Fun facts: About 40% of Botswana’s citizens live below the international poverty line of $US 1.25 per day. Approximately 70% of the country is covered by the Kalahari Desert.
  • The Democratic Republic Of The Congo. Fun fact: The Second Congo War, ongoing since 1998, is sometimes referred to as the “African World War”. In the eastern Congo the prevalence of rape and other sexual violence is described as the worst in the world, and the Second Congo War has been the deadliest conflict of any kind since World War II, resulting in the deaths of over 5.4 million people.
  • The Federated States Of Micronesia. Fun fact: There are more than six hundred islands in Federated States of Micronesia, several of which are artificial.
  • Nauru. Fun fact: covering just 21 square kilometers, Nauru is the smallest island nation in the world.
  • Sao Tome and Principe. Fun facts: about 140 kilometers apart, these two islands make up Africa’s second-smallest country.

Some places you can’t get the Amazon Kindle, and some fun facts about them!

  • Antarctica. Fun fact: Penguins can’t read.
  • Pitcairn Islands. Fun Fact: Population: 50.
  • Sudan. Fun fact: it’s a war-torn hellhole.
  • Canada. Fun fact: We are home to some of the worst, most lethargically uncompetitive telecommunication companies and cultural institutions in the modern world.


  1. Check out Amazon’s Kindle International coverage map. Canada’s included, in all the places you’d expect.

    I presume that this has a lot more to do with negotiating with rightsholders here than wireless.

    Comment by Joe — October 22, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

  2. See also: Amazon’s launched Kindle with no wireless in several places. They could have done that here, but didn’t.

    Comment by Joe — October 22, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

  3. Given that Amazon and B&N both have their own, incompatible, proprietary DRMed readers, I think it’s clear that you have to wait for the Chapters one.

    Comment by Mike Kozlowski — October 22, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

  4. Chapters doesn’t even know how to run their own inventory systems, much less something involving the internet.

    Comment by mhoye — October 22, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

  5. Chapters Indigo has already launched an e-book store, Shortcovers ( It runs on a bunch of smartphones, the Sony reader, and computers.

    Comment by Ian — October 22, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

  6. Huh, I’ll be damned. Not surprised they outsourced that, but still surprised.

    Comment by mhoye — October 22, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

  7. I wonder if there’s anything that prevents a grey-market US int’l Kindle operating permanently in Canada?

    At a certain point in the past it was cheaper to get a US NA Voice Plan than a Canadian one, but US companies changed it so that you had to use 50% of your minutes in the US. (VOIP quickly routed around the inconvenient US area code.)

    Is it just me or doesn’t the search function work w/ firefox on shortcovers? Safari seems okay.

    Comment by j2 — October 23, 2009 @ 10:31 am

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