Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book Readers > Amazon Kindle

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-22-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
IxiaAurea
Connoisseur
IxiaAurea could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.IxiaAurea could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.IxiaAurea could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.IxiaAurea could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.IxiaAurea could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.IxiaAurea could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.IxiaAurea could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.IxiaAurea could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.IxiaAurea could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.IxiaAurea could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.IxiaAurea could sell banana peel slippers to a Deveel.
 
Posts: 82
Karma: 3170
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Australia
Device: Amazon Kindle 2, Kobo Glo
Red face Whispernet Question

Hi all,
Just became an owner of a kindle 2 today
I am a bit confused about whispernet after reading in Amazon and the kindle 2 guide. It says on the kindle order page that whispernet is free. Does this mean for international owners that wikipedia and the amazon store are absolutely free with no hidden costs?
However, I read somewhere that they charge 2$ for sending documents to your kindle or something Can anyone explain what this is about?

Thanks in advance!
IxiaAurea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2010, 12:08 PM   #2
BarryTX
Connoisseur
BarryTX can spell AND pronounce 'liseuse.'BarryTX can spell AND pronounce 'liseuse.'BarryTX can spell AND pronounce 'liseuse.'BarryTX can spell AND pronounce 'liseuse.'BarryTX can spell AND pronounce 'liseuse.'BarryTX can spell AND pronounce 'liseuse.'BarryTX can spell AND pronounce 'liseuse.'BarryTX can spell AND pronounce 'liseuse.'BarryTX can spell AND pronounce 'liseuse.'BarryTX can spell AND pronounce 'liseuse.'BarryTX can spell AND pronounce 'liseuse.'
 
BarryTX's Avatar
 
Posts: 88
Karma: 39328
Join Date: Apr 2009
Device: Kindle 2
In the US, where I am at, Whispernet itself is "free" - which means to me that I paid for the access in the K2 cost itself. So browsing to Wikipedia or Amazon, or any other web page, has no inherent cost. However, Amazon does charge for the service of converting and sending a document (which can be an ebook that you got outside of Amazon)through Whispernet. To me the charge is minimal - it is based on the file size. Finally, you can avoid that charge by sending it to yourusernamehere@free.kindle.com rather than yourusernamehere@kindle.com. The free.kindle.com address has them convert it and then queue it for download to your K2 through your PC via Internet/USB rather than Whispernet.

One more thing - Calibre is a free e-book library management program and it does a great job of converting formats and uploading files to the Kindle. It also has the ability to pull newsfeeds and create 'newspapers' for you to read on your K2. I highly recommend you take a look at this one.

I hope this helps, welcome to the Kindle world.
BarryTX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2010, 03:48 PM   #3
Mike L
Wizard
Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Mike L's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,440
Karma: 3818575
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Device: Kindle 3, Samsung Galaxy
IxiaAurea,

As BarryTX says, Whispernet is free in the US.

That's true elsewhere as well. There is no charge for accessing Wikipedia or the Amazon Store. But there is an extra cost involved in actually buying books. Here in Europe it's US$1.99, which covers the extra cost of international wireless delivery, and also VAT.

You'll see that extra cost built into the book's cover price when you visit the Kindle Store.
Mike L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2010, 03:52 PM   #4
Mike L
Wizard
Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Mike L ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Mike L's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,440
Karma: 3818575
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Device: Kindle 3, Samsung Galaxy
On second thought, I'm not completely sure that figure of US$1.99 is completely correct. I've noticed a few titles where the surcharge is slightly more, and some where it's a little less. But my basic point remains valid.
Mike L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2010, 11:01 PM   #5
Chris Crouch
Enthusiast
Chris Crouch began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 40
Karma: 26
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Device: Kindle 2, Kindle 3 & iPad
As Mike said, for buying books the cost is built in price of the book. We pay an extra $2 for all books, even if you don't use Whispernet to get them on your Kindle (my pet peeve).

Using Whispernet to
  • Get samples
  • Download books you've bought
  • Re-download books you've bought
  • Browse the Amazon store
  • Browse Wikipedia
are all free, aka paid for by the extra $2 you pay for the books.

Anything else may cost you $1/Mb. This is mainly browsing other web sites, and receiving converted items that you send to your.name@kindle.com.

To avoid accidentally costing myself, I
  1. Leave wireless off, and
  2. Don't have any approved emails (set in Manage My Kindle)
Chris Crouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2010, 05:23 AM   #6
Sischa
Evangelist
Sischa knows what time it isSischa knows what time it isSischa knows what time it isSischa knows what time it isSischa knows what time it isSischa knows what time it isSischa knows what time it isSischa knows what time it isSischa knows what time it isSischa knows what time it isSischa knows what time it is
 
Posts: 428
Karma: 2370
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Germany
Device: Nokia 770, Ilead, Cybook G3, Kindle DX, Kindle 2, iPad, Kindle 3, PW
It's really simple for you if you have the int. kindle and don't live in the USA. If you buy kindle books from amazon.com the fixed end price is shown. No extra fee for sending your book viy whispernet will be charged. You can remove and redownload your kindle books as often as you want and it doen't matter if you for example live in germany and you redownload/order your book in italy for example.

You have to keep in mind that sending yourself personal documents via email (like PDF's, mobibooks etc.) to the kindle email adress they will charge you 0.99 $ / 1 MB.

Good news is that you are now able to limit this fee in the user settings to avoid to accidential send you a 50MB PDF or so ...
Sischa is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Samples now available without Whispernet AnemicOak Amazon Kindle 0 10-09-2009 05:42 PM
Whispernet outside of US jabz Kindle Developer's Corner 1 07-03-2009 11:08 PM
Dead Easy Question (No Whispernet) Paul in Saudi Amazon Kindle 3 03-15-2009 12:32 PM
Is Whispernet down? daffy4u Amazon Kindle 13 11-16-2008 11:08 AM
Question on Whispernet Coverage carld Amazon Kindle 1 12-13-2007 06:58 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:27 PM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.