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Old 07-26-2011, 10:58 PM   #1
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There is a book I wish to buy that is not available in the US, only from Amazon UK. I am based in Australia and I can buy from the US with a VPN, Gift card and US email address.

Is anybody using this or a similar method to buy from the UK?

One of these days the book companies will catch up with technology and abandon geographical limitations, and I hope it's soon. It encourages piracy.
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:13 AM   #2
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There's no reason to expect it to work any differently - although the VPN is overkill I think (I certainly don't use one and have bought from US, UK & German stores with no issues - otherwise those travelling outside their countries would be unable to buy on the move right?)
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There's no reason to expect it to work any differently - although the VPN is overkill I think (I certainly don't use one and have bought from US, UK & German stores with no issues - otherwise those travelling outside their countries would be unable to buy on the move right?)
It's where your account is registered that matter. Eg, I can't buy eBooks from "Amazon.com" because my account is with "Amazon.co.uk".
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:26 AM   #4
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Amazon UK won't sell me any Kindle books at all. It just directs to the US. And Amazon US often tells me the book is not available in my geographical area. I need the VPN and a US email address to be able to buy these books.

AFAIK my account has to be registered in Australia because they can tell that's where I'm located.
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There is a book I wish to buy that is not available in the US, only from Amazon UK. I am based in Australia and I can buy from the US with a VPN, Gift card and US email address.
I haven't tried with the UK store but I did with US store and wasn't very successful I started up my VPN (hotspot shield) created a new account with a hotmail address filled it in with a US postal address and applied a gift card to the account, I was able to buy 7 books some of which I know are geo locked and it was all going well. Then I went to get another one and got the dreaded email from amazon telling me to correct my address I have no idea what tipped them off that I wasn't american.
I was loading the books into K4PC and am wondering if perhaps the K4PC software reported back to them that it was installed on an Aussie machine? Anyhow its all too much work and I wish they'd wake up and realise its a global ecconomy now, and Yes I know its not totally Amazons fault.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:29 AM   #6
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I haven't tried with the UK store but I did with US store and wasn't very successful I started up my VPN (hotspot shield) created a new account with a hotmail address filled it in with a US postal address and applied a gift card to the account, I was able to buy 7 books some of which I know are geo locked and it was all going well. Then I went to get another one and got the dreaded email from amazon telling me to correct my address I have no idea what tipped them off that I wasn't american.
I was loading the books into K4PC and am wondering if perhaps the K4PC software reported back to them that it was installed on an Aussie machine? Anyhow its all too much work and I wish they'd wake up and realise its a global ecconomy now, and Yes I know its not totally Amazons fault.
Interesting. That's exactly what I've been doing without problems but haven't tried for a while. I will probably try to set this up for UK Amazon tomorrow and see what happens.
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I think K4PC was probably what did you in. Also - did you do all 7 books in a short amount of time? I've seen people report they are okay as long as they keep it to 1 or 2 books at a time, but when they start mass buying like that it seems to trigger some sort of IP check or something.
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It's where your account is registered that matter. Eg, I can't buy eBooks from "Amazon.com" because my account is with "Amazon.co.uk".
Agreed, but if you physically relocate yourself and your Kindle to (say) France temporarily for a holiday, you can still buy from the Amazon.co.uk store because that's where you're registered.

Likewise if you move to France (permanently) and change your location to "France" then you will buy from whatever is on offer to the territory "France" - when you go to the UK (temporarily/on holiday) you will still be in "France" as far as Amazon is concerned.
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There is a book I wish to buy that is not available in the US, only from Amazon UK. I am based in Australia and I can buy from the US with a VPN, Gift card and US email address.
I think you'll need to set up a new Amazon account with a UK-based address to be able to buy from the UK kindle store.

I hope the Australian ebook supply situation improves for you soon.

I used to fiddle with getting around geographic restrictions, but it's just too much hassle now that the UK ebook supply has improved so much. There are still US books I'd like, but there are so many other good books I try not to worry about them.

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Agreed, but if you physically relocate yourself and your Kindle to (say) France temporarily for a holiday, you can still buy from the Amazon.co.uk store because that's where you're registered.
That's right - and that's because, as you say, it's where I'm registered. If the OP's account, though, is NOT registered in the UK, Amazon won't let them buy eBooks from "amazon.co.uk" at all, just as I can't buy from "amazon.com".
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Old 07-28-2011, 02:16 AM   #11
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I'm trying to find a free VPN for the UK. I tried Expatshield, which seems to be the UK version of Hotspotshield. It allows me access to BBC Iplayer OK, but can't access Amazon UK, it keeps timing out.

Does anyone have any thoughts please?
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