Kindle Surprise

Doctor Who on Kindle - The Glamour ChaseFacing stiff competition from Apple’s iPad, Amazon have launched their own UK Kindle Bookstore where users of Amazon’s  (now reduced) Ebook reader, the Kindle,  can find Doctor Who titles and more than 40,000 other books at the lowest prices of any e-Bookstore.

Or so the website claims; so being the ever ready consumer watchdogs that we aren’t; here’s a little test, using Kindle’s Marketplace, Apples iBooks, and as a comparison, the online BBC Book shop and Waterstones we took the three newest Doctor Who Books (Nuclear Time by Oli Smith, The Kings Dragon by Una McCormack and The Glamour Chase by Gary Russell) and compared prices to see if Kindle really does provide more Who for less.

The most surprising thing is that iBooks do not carry the three novels mentioned above*

For the remaining sites here is the run down:

The Kings Dragon

Kindle £3.98

BBC Books £5.49

Waterstones £4.19

The Glamour Chase

Kindle £4.17

BBC Books £5.49

Waterstones £4.89

Nuclear Time

Kindle £4.17

BBC Books £5.49

Waterstones  £4.89

The Waterstones offering is in fact the print version for those of us who still love the feel of a book. The eBook version will set you back £6.75 on their website.

So there are savings to be made using the Kindle.

In July Amazon launched the ‘Kindle Next Generation’ device which was both 15 per-cent lighter with 5o per-cent better contrast than the previous Kindle 2.

According to Amazon the device is now Wi-fi compatible rather than using the cumbersome 3G network connection to download eBooks.

While book prices are low; the device will set you back £109 (about $170).

Other manufacturers have jumped on the eBook reader bandwagon;

Barnes & Noble sells the Nook at $199 in the US, with a Wi-Fi only version for $149. Borders Group offers the Kobo e-Reader for $149, while the Sony Reader Daily Edition costs $250.

So how many Who fans out there would consider using an ebook for the latest novels? How many fans already do? Drop us a line below.

Visit Amazon’s Kindle page to see the full list of available Doctor Who titles.

*I accessed the app using an iTouch and found no links for these three titles; if this isn’t the case then please drop a comment in below.

Thanks to Andy Scarrott.



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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.


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