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Old 07-28-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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Kindle 4 pc and restricted content

I've recently discovered that I'm unable to purchase some ebooks via Kindle 4 pc (specifically Alan Moore's From Hell) - these are restricted to the various Kindle devices, Kindle 4 iPad and Kindle 4 Android. This is particularly annoying as I have been able to purchase the From Hell companion for Kindle 4 pc!

I'm happy with my Sony PRS-T2 for reading ebooks, and use Kindle 4 pc to interface with Amazon, so I don't particularly want to purchase a tablet (or a Kindle) solely to read a graphic novel on a smaller screen than my laptop.

If I were to register my phone (HTC Sensation) as a Kindle for Android device so I could actually purchase the ebook, would there then be any way of reading of it on my laptop?
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:20 PM   #2
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This means that these books use features (perhaps embedded audio and video) that aren't supported by Kindle for PC. I doubt they would be readable on a PC.
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Actually, thinking about it, if these are comics it's probably fixed layout that's the issue. I don't think K4PC supports that.
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:58 PM   #4
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It looks as though you can read this graphic novel with the Kindle Cloud Reader on your PC.

I own a lot of Kindles and when I looked up the book in question, the only devices eligible to purchase the book were:

Kindle 3 (keyboard)
Kindle Touch
Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Fire
Kindle for Android devices
Kindle Cloud Reader
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:18 PM   #5
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Cloud Reader is an excellent suggestion, but I notice the OP is in the UK, and I don't think it's available here. A search of "amazon.co.uk" for "kindle cloud reader" returns no matches.
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Cloud Reader is an excellent suggestion, but I notice the OP is in the UK, and I don't think it's available here. A search of "amazon.co.uk" for "kindle cloud reader" returns no matches.
Oops sorry, I didn't look before I posted.
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There is actually a UK cloud reader web site (read.amazon.co.uk) but it doesn't do anything. Hopefully we'll get it at some point .
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It looks as though you can read this graphic novel with the Kindle Cloud Reader on your PC.

I own a lot of Kindles and when I looked up the book in question, the only devices eligible to purchase the book were:

Kindle 3 (keyboard)
Kindle Touch
Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Fire
Kindle for Android devices
Kindle Cloud Reader
Daffy,

I was getting excited there, installed Kindle Cloud Reader and tried again. And failed again.

On checking, the list of eligible devices I get is:

Kindle
Kindle Touch
Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire HD
Kindle Keyboard
Kindle for iPad
Kindle for Android

I suppose that's one of the joys of living in the UK
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I'm now confused as to how I actually managed to install Cloud Reader - although I do understand why it sends me to amazon.com for purchases!

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Actually, thinking about it, if these are comics it's probably fixed layout that's the issue. I don't think K4PC supports that.
Sounds like it's all down to when/if Amazon decides to update Kindle 4 pc.

I won't hold my breath.
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There is actually a UK cloud reader web site (read.amazon.co.uk) but it doesn't do anything. Hopefully we'll get it at some point .
https://read.amazon.com/ works perfectly well for me, and has for about a year. You just need to sign in with your UK Amazon account.
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https://read.amazon.com/ works perfectly well for me, and has for about a year. You just need to sign in with your UK Amazon account.
That's interesting - when I tried to access it on my iPhone (which is what I was using for my previous post) it did absolutely nothing - just sat there with a blank screen. No error messages, just a blank screen. I wonder if it's using Flash, or something, that the Safari browser doesn't like?

Given that it does appear to be there (on a PC browser, at least), perhaps the OP could try using Cloud Reader?
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That's interesting - when I tried to access it on my iPhone (which is what I was using for my previous post) it did absolutely nothing - just sat there with a blank screen. No error messages, just a blank screen. I wonder if it's using Flash, or something, that the Safari browser doesn't like?
No Flash, but quite extensive HTML5: Web SQL and Local Storage and all sorts of other stuff.
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https://read.amazon.com/ works perfectly well for me, and has for about a year. You just need to sign in with your UK Amazon account.
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That's how I managed to install Cloud Reader, but I found that I was still restricted to buying books from the uk site (which means I can't purchase books restricted to Cloud Reader). I assume that's the same for you?
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