Amazon's Kindle Fire range continues to spread, with today's news that Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets will be heading to Japan in time for the holidays. Both devices are available to pre-order now at Amazon's Japanese site -- the vanilla Kindle Fire priced at ¥12,800 ($160), and the HD version at ¥15,800 ($200). In addition, Amazon offers the Kindle Fire HD with 32GB of storage for ¥19,800 ($250). For the moment, it seems only the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will be offered in Japan -- there's no mention of the larger U.S.-bound Fire HD models arriving on Japanese shores.
Gaining a foothold in the Japanese tablet market will be an important step for Amazon, as it does battle with the likes of Apple and Google. Both flavors of Kindle Fire will begin shipping to Japanese consumers on Dec. 19.