The UK will not see the launch of the Amazon Kindle e-book reader this year.

Brian McBride, the managing director of Amazon in the UK, has told trade publication "The Bookseller" that we won't see the device that was launched back in November 2007 in the US before the end of 2008.

McBride said the delays are all down to the problem of licensing mobile access across Europe.

"If you need agreement with carriers in the US, there is one carrier", he said. "In Europe it is a minefield, as there are so many operators. If you buy a Kindle in the UK and want to read it on the beach on holiday, unless we have signed deals in Spain it is not going to work on the beach."