Originally Posted by tomblond
Hello, I'm from the UK and so, of course, use Amazon.co.uk. I was browsing through the Kindle store on Amazon.com, however, and found that some magazines and books that I like are available on Amazon.com but not Amazon.co.uk.
Is it possible to buy books and/or magazine subscriptions from Amazon.com if you're a UK resident?
(I'd check but I don't have my Kindle yet)
Publishers often only have the rights to sell certain books in certain regions. So an American publisher might have rights for US/Canada/Mexico, and a British publisher might have rights for UK/Europe.
It has been agreed that the point of sale for digital downloads is the location of the buyer, not the seller. So US publishers aren't allowed to sell UK residents ebooks for which they only have US rights.
These 'Geographical Restrictions' have been getting enforced more strongly in the past couple of years.
Technically, it's possible to buy restricted books from Amazon.com in the UK, through clever use of paypal or giftcards, along with a US-based http/https proxy. And you have to keep your Kindle unconnected for a while, because Amazon can track its location through the wireless connection
But IMO it's more hassle than it's worth.
Of course, according to the same rules, if you're visiting the US with your Kindle, you should then be able to buy geographically restricted titles from Amazon.com, but not from Amazon.co.uk. But at present, it's most likely you'll end up finding it hard to buy either.
It's all a bit of a mess, and will be until the rules change to make the sales location the place of business of the seller (unlikely) or contracts get re-negotiated to give publishers non-exclusive world-wide rights to ebooks. (Possible, but not a global fix, as every contract for every book has to get changed, one by one.)