Amazon opens UK Kindle store

Amazon has opened a U.K. Amazon Kindle bookstore featuring more than 400,000 books, magazines, and newspapers that can be viewed on the company’s e-reader hardware and software.

A number of e-books are available to download for free, while the paid titles start at £1.96. More than 80 of the 100 titles that appear in the Nielsen U.K. bestsellers list are available on the store.

Prior to the launch of the U.K. Store, Brits with a Kindle had to download e-books from the U.S. store, and were charged in dollars.

According to Amazon, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Swedish author Stieg Larsson is currently the best-selling title on the store. Last week, Larson became the first novelist to hit the million e-book sales mark on Amazon.

“The opening of the UK Kindle Store allows customers to buy content in pounds sterling and offers a great shopping experience including UK customer reviews, recommendations, bestseller lists and customer service,” said Greg Greeley, vice president of European retail at Amazon.

Amazon said in the U.S. last month it sold 143 Kindle e-books for every 100 hardbacks sold in the previous three months.

The launch of the U.K. Kindle store comes just days after Amazon announced a new version of the Kindle.

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