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Old 08-25-2009, 11:25 AM   #1
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UK: new Sony Readers on 10th September; free Dan Brown with preorder

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Waterstone's is offering customers a free e-book copy of the new Dan Brown novel if they pre-order one of two new Sony Readers: a touch-screen device and a pocket version. The new Readers, unveiled by Sony earlier this month, will be available in the UK from 10th September. Waterstone's will be the only retailer selling the device in the UK, apart from Sony, for a week.
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The Reader Pocket Edition costs £179.
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The Reader Touch Edition costs £249.
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:31 AM   #2
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http://www.waterstones.com/waterston...o?pPageID=1918
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I can't load Waterstone's site right now- does anyone know if they're taken up shipping Readers outside UK again? Many thanks!

EDIT: it seems they didn't oh well, I can wait a bit...

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Old 08-25-2009, 11:49 AM   #4
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I really don't understand where those prices come from. Really irritates me - per www.xe.com $299.99 = £183.34 so that's a £70 premium. HMM.

Does anyone know of US stores which ship internationally?
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Yea apparently in the UK they have to cover additional costs due to our sales protection laws...

Usually whatever it is we can expect a straight $1 to £1 conversion so this usn't too bad for once.
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I really don't understand where those prices come from. Really irritates me - per www.xe.com $299.99 = £183.34 so that's a £70 premium. HMM.

Does anyone know of US stores which ship internationally?
B&H, where I'd order my PRS-600 as soon as I get cash on my bank account there's Fry's too, but it hasn't the PRS-600 in its catalogue yet.
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There's a useful'ish comparison table (pdf) on the waterstones site as well
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Old 08-25-2009, 12:13 PM   #8
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B&H, where I'd order my PRS-600 as soon as I get cash on my bank account there's Fry's too, but it hasn't the PRS-600 in its catalogue yet.
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Yeah, with B&H it seems it works out at around £220 (with shipping)
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Not to mention customs fees and admin charges when it arrives in the country...

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Old 08-25-2009, 12:37 PM   #11
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There's a useful'ish comparison table (pdf) on the waterstones site as well
They've got some thing wrong though; PRS-300 doesn't have audio player or picture viewer.
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Glad to have been helpful- I've been drooling on that page about the new Reader for weeks, seems like ages

Also, Ea told me they have a nice customers' service, and I've seen you can choose the shipping method. I think I'll go for Fedex, because it's cheaper and usually doesn't stress the poor boxes too much, like the usual postal service do as for customs, at least it's less messy than arranging travel at least at the moment!

The only point against B&H I could tell you is they don't have the "new" covers at the moment, but the old ones (for the PRS-505) should work. The PRS-600 comes with a neoprene pouch, but I'm not sure it's, ahem, entirely suitable to my lifestyle
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Oh customs. We have to do stuff with customs? What does that involve (never done this buying overseas thing before)
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You receive your package from Fedex or whatever courier and they bill you whatever customs charge + tax + an admin fee...

Often the admin fee is the largest chunk (the one for my 505 was about 25 quid).

They used to refuse to deliver until the bill had been paid. Apparently they can now charge you afterwards instead (as I phoned and complained when I got a random bill through the post 2-3 weeks after my reader had arrived)
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Oh customs. We have to do stuff with customs? What does that involve (never done this buying overseas thing before)
Usually it means that the Fedex/UPS guy will not release your reader to your hand until you'll pay him the custom amount + surcharge (They'll have already paid it for you at the border).
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