Gatecrashing virtual China

Kindle>> Internet • China

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015 | 02:50:09 AM

imageAmazon’s Kindle devices are selling in China because the e-reader allows users to log on to banned sites such as Twitter and Facebook, according to Hong Kong’s newspaper South China Morning Post.

The device bypasses the Chinese government’s firewall, becoming popular on the grey market.

Lawrence Yeung Kwan of the University of Hong Kong’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering department told BBC News that “this is because its software routes traffic directly to Amazon’s servers”. Officially, Kindle is not available in Mainland China. But South China Morning Post’s survey of the Chinese auction site Taobao reveals hundreds of them on offer. The device costs between 1,200 yuan (US $170) and 3,500 (US $400) yuan.

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