Amazon’s much anticipated international version of the Kindle has finally been launched.

Initially sold through Amazon.com, it is priced at $279 and will ship from 19th October. The international version is the smaller six inch screen Kindle 2, as opposed to the larger Kindle DX only available in the US, and will run on 3G networks (USB syncing where unavailable). Accordingly, Forrester has raised its forecast for e-reader sales in 2009 from 2m to 3m and to 10m in 2010, when colour e-readers are expected to become more widely available.

And if you’re stuck deciding which of the 250k books to read, then why not start with one of the 613 Lonely Planet guides now available on the Kindle…