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Old 01-15-2010, 04:43 AM   #1
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annoyed in the UK

Just bought a kindle 2.
I knew before I bought it that newspapers were more expensive in the UK and didn't display pictures, what i didn't realize was that many books can not be bought if you have a UK account !!!!!
does anyone know how to get round this .. All the books I decide to buy seem to be US only ........
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Old 01-16-2010, 02:41 PM   #2
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I have been lucky, so far. Every book I want, even some obscure ones, is available to UK customers.

The alternative is to buy another version such as ePub, strip the DRM and convert to Mobi using Calibre. I have converted all the ePub format books I had previously bought and put them on my Kindle. I am not trying to profit from stripping the DRM, just making sure I can read books I have purchased on my current ebook reader.
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I have been lucky, so far. Every book I want, even some obscure ones, is available to UK customers.

The alternative is to buy another version such as ePub, strip the DRM and convert to Mobi using Calibre. I have converted all the ePub format books I had previously bought and put them on my Kindle. I am not trying to profit from stripping the DRM, just making sure I can read books I have purchased on my current ebook reader.
sounds good but long winded

I just bought a book from amazon in paper as i really wanted to read it, but not available in the uk - felt dirty but had to get it
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:21 PM   #4
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I know that I've heard that there are some in Canada that just put their one click accounts to a US address and then use thier credit cards to buy US Amazon gift cards (the ones you email) and get around it that way. So I've heard. ;0) Don't know if that'd work in the UK or not.
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I know that I've heard that there are some in Canada that just put their one click accounts to a US address and then use thier credit cards to buy US Amazon gift cards (the ones you email) and get around it that way. So I've heard. ;0) Don't know if that'd work in the UK or not.
Should be working. At least I do so in Germany. I only download via USB, as I've got the former US-version, not the international one. I switch between my accounts as I please. One book actually was cheaper in the German account, but mainly I purchase in the US one. All with my German credit card. In the beginning, I've sent myself gift cards from another account. With the introduction of international Kindle 2, this step became obsolete (although it never did bother me).
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Find a cheap vpn provider. I know at least one that gets you 5GB for $8.50. Plenty for tons of book downloads.

Use Giftvouchers. Or even Kindle for PC.

Strip drm

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Should be working. At least I do so in Germany. I only download via USB, as I've got the former US-version, not the international one. I switch between my accounts as I please. One book actually was cheaper in the German account, but mainly I purchase in the US one. All with my German credit card. In the beginning, I've sent myself gift cards from another account. With the introduction of international Kindle 2, this step became obsolete (although it never did bother me).
Why did the need for gift cards become obsolete? As far as I know you still need them to use a US account and take advantage of better selection and lower prices?
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Why did the need for gift cards become obsolete? As far as I know you still need them to use a US account and take advantage of better selection and lower prices?
No, you dont need the gift card thing. Not sure if it was really ever needed but that method always worked and had the added benefit of avoiding all those small charges. And some banks were contacting customers, suspecting fraudulent use of their credit card, because of those continuous small charges.
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No, you dont need the gift card thing. Not sure if it was really ever needed but that method always worked and had the added benefit of avoiding all those small charges. And some banks were contacting customers, suspecting fraudulent use of their credit card, because of those continuous small charges.
So, how do you do pay then? Just use a foreign credit card with all the real data?
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Yes Hans. And did it again today. Not meaning to though, but downloaded something through whispernet. Something I try to avoid.
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Yes Hans. And did it again today. Not meaning to though, but downloaded something through whispernet. Something I try to avoid.
Good to know that works! But be careful, Amazon has even blacklisted accounts of people on the basis of foreign IP addresses while downloading to the computers alone. It seems that they have periods when their controls are very loose and then perhaps the publishers complain and they become very strict again.
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Why did the need for gift cards become obsolete? As far as I know you still need them to use a US account and take advantage of better selection and lower prices?
No, not necessary anymore. I can use my German credit card in my US account.
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Things are getting better for UK buyers - eg, Random House, a large UK publisher, has recently "signed on" with Amazon, which means that we in the UK can now buy "their" authors, such as Dan Brown and Terry Pratchett.

You could, of course, have checked this out before buying your Kindle .
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Good to know that works! But be careful, Amazon has even blacklisted accounts of people on the basis of foreign IP addresses while downloading to the computers alone. It seems that they have periods when their controls are very loose and then perhaps the publishers complain and they become very strict again.
Yes, I agree it is very random as to who gets that email. I have saved all my books to my laptop and rarely turn on the wireless but download to the PC.
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No, not necessary anymore. I can use my German credit card in my US account.
And you can do that since you have the international Kindle?? So let us be quiet and enjoy, and let sleeping dogs lie!
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