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Old 03-30-2009, 09:30 PM   #1
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Need help in Australia (ebook purchase)

G'day... I have been trying to purchase a particular e-book...
"The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo"... Plenty available BUT not allowed to download into AUSTRALIA..I always thought the net knew no boundaries...Obviously not...Please does anyone know how I can get this book to download ????
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:09 PM   #2
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At US ebook stores you can generally self report your country (tell them US) and pay with gift cards or paypal. This should work at FictionWise and Books on Board, and other US stores.
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What you have experienced is a legacy of the way that print books are sold. An author (or the author's agent) will sell the US rights to one publisher, the UK rights to another, the German rights to another, the Australian rights to another, and so forth. Then, the electronic rights often get sold separately from the print rights -- usually in the same fragmented way. I think the original reason for doing this was related to the cost of shipping books from presses in the US to stores in Europe. Then it evolved into a way of making more money for the author and his or her agent by negotiating separate deals. By now, it's simply entrenched -- even though the publishers now have the ability to ship print-ready electronic files to a press close to the point of distribution, and the Internet doesn't respect boundaries. (Though my friend in China told me today that the Chinese government is now blocking all access to You Tube.)
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At US ebook stores you can generally self report your country (tell them US) and pay with gift cards or paypal. This should work at FictionWise and Books on Board, and other US stores.
But Amazon won't sell Kindles to people in Australia, and one needs a Kindle PID to download the book. Is there a way around that?

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Old 03-31-2009, 04:03 AM   #5
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But Amazon won't sell Kindles to people in Australia, and one needs a Kindle PID to download the book. Is there a way around that?

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No, you really have to have a Kindle to buy Kindle books. Is the book you want available at Fictionwise or Books on Board?


Edit: So sorry, there is a work around -- see wallcraft's post below.

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Old 03-31-2009, 04:10 AM   #6
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There is a helpful discussion on this thread about buying ebooks in Australia.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43304
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But Amazon won't sell Kindles to people in Australia, and one needs a Kindle PID to download the book. Is there a way around that?
The easiest work around is to use an iPhone/touch, see Buying Kindle books for the iPhone in Australia - a success story. You still need hardware, but there are millions of iPhones and iPod touchs out there.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:20 AM   #8
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ebooks.com is an Aussie bookseller. Try them.
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:32 AM   #9
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The easiest work around is to use an iPhone/touch, see Buying Kindle books for the iPhone in Australia - a success story. You still need hardware, but there are millions of iPhones and iPod touchs out there.
Thanks to you both.

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Old 08-15-2009, 12:37 AM   #10
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At US ebook stores you can generally self report your country (tell them US) and pay with gift cards or paypal. This should work at FictionWise and Books on Board, and other US stores.
hi there, i tired the paypal trick with fictionwise but as paypal has my credit card details (showing an Aussie address) i still wasn't able to get a book in. Any other thoughts on getting around these archaic rules??
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Old 08-15-2009, 07:55 AM   #11
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I missed this the first time around - but the original book is available at

http://www.diesel-ebooks.com

And they are happy to sell to people in Australia. Of course, formats are a bit of a problem, but there's ways around that. The microsoft reader format is the easiest one to convert.
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:32 PM   #12
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Kudos to Diesel for selling to Australia, but they'd do well to improve their search engine. It's current state is shocking, it not only gives false negatives but also suggests absurd alternatives. Also in some cases the cover thumbnail is for a different book altogether.
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Old 08-31-2009, 04:22 AM   #13
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Sorry to be late on the uptake, Heymae. Pop into my own wee publishing house's bookstore at www.bewrite.net. We have many Australian authors (we took over Jacobyte books in Melbourne some years ago). If anything there catches your eye, just email me and I'll be more than happy to send your ebook/s free of charge. Applies to any of our pals here at MobileRead, too. Very best. Neil
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Old 08-31-2009, 04:37 AM   #14
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ebooks.com is an Aussie bookseller. Try them.
Nope DixieGal, ebooks.com are one of the worst offenders for geographical restrictions (yes I know it is the publishers who set these). They are an Australian store, but impose restrictions and there is no way to circumvent these. They have books on their Australian site which are not available to people in Australia but are available to Americans and a range of other countries but not in the country where their store is.

I am really looking forward to DA directs foray into this market place.
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I know I am posting later to all this, but for the future you can just use a product forwarding website like URL REMOVED. They will buy you the ebook and sent it to you for a nominal fee.
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