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Old 06-24-2010, 01:46 PM   #1
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Buying ebooks with a foreign credit card.

I am a Malaysian who will be buying PRS-300 when I go over to US in Aug. And I have set up OpenVPN in my pc to hide my IP address. However, I know that the other hurdle in buying ebooks is my non-US credit card. How do I overcome this issue? If I register using a US address (for my M'sian credit card) will that be enough or will they still check on that and discover that my card is not US based?

Help! I don't want to buy the reader and find it useless outside US! Malaysia currently doesn't have a bookshop retailing ebooks..


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Old 06-24-2010, 09:07 PM   #2
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Try Kobobooks. I have bought there with my Dutch credit card with a non-USA (and also non-Dutch) address.
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Adding an U.S. address is good enough for B&N. But Sony Readers cannot read B&N books.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:25 AM   #4
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I am a Malaysian who will be buying PRS-300 when I go over to US in Aug. And I have set up OpenVPN in my pc to hide my IP address. However, I know that the other hurdle in buying ebooks is my non-US credit card. How do I overcome this issue? If I register using a US address (for my M'sian credit card) will that be enough or will they still check on that and discover that my card is not US based?
There are a number of companies offering 'virtual' debit cards, that you load money into from a normal card or account, and then use to buy things online. The one I use (Entropay.com) will validate any address a merchant sends them, so they will appear to US sites as though it is a US card.
You could test it out before buying the reader by buying a cheap book from the online store.
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Old 06-26-2010, 11:52 AM   #5
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This Entropay.com... It is really trustworthy and secure?
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Old 06-26-2010, 02:10 PM   #6
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Yes, tell us more. This may be what a lot of us need. Are the charges for using their service acceptable?
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Old 06-26-2010, 07:57 PM   #7
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Very interesting. Love to know more about this.
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I've never used it myself, but USUnlocked also provide this service. In fact, I believe you have two options. You can either pay them a nominal sum ($10 I think) and have a US billing address assigned to you; or, for websites that only accept credit cards by American banks, you can add some money to your USUnlocked account and they'll buy it for you. Check their website for details.

Since I haven't used them, I can't vouch for their reliability, but a lot of people here have, at least, used their freight forwarding services, and seemed satisfied...
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Yes, tell us more. This may be what a lot of us need. Are the charges for using their service acceptable?
Disclaimer: I have no connection with them other than a user, and I imagine there are a number of similar services, this is just the one I am familiar with.
I have used them maybe a dozen times or so, and have had no issues. There is a 5% charge for loading money in from another account, no other charges that I've seen. It probably isn't suitable for large purchases, as that 5% would start to hurt, but very convenient for small media purchases.
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:40 AM   #10
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I am a Malaysian who will be buying PRS-300 when I go over to US in Aug. And I have set up OpenVPN in my pc to hide my IP address. However, I know that the other hurdle in buying ebooks is my non-US credit card. How do I overcome this issue? If I register using a US address (for my M'sian credit card) will that be enough or will they still check on that and discover that my card is not US based?

Help! I don't want to buy the reader and find it useless outside US! Malaysia currently doesn't have a bookshop retailing ebooks..


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hi mel , i have a sony PRS - 600 and sucessfully bought e-books from these 2 websites with my local credit card (non-US).

http://www.webscription.net/ <- mostly scifi / fantasy types
http://www.fictionwise.com/

plus u can check if your local library allows you to check out ebooks ... (they have the service in singapore library http://singapore.lib.overdrive.com/E...en/Default.htm )
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I am a Malaysian who will be buying PRS-300 when I go over to US in Aug. And I have set up OpenVPN in my pc to hide my IP address. However, I know that the other hurdle in buying ebooks is my non-US credit card. How do I overcome this issue? If I register using a US address (for my M'sian credit card) will that be enough or will they still check on that and discover that my card is not US based?

Help! I don't want to buy the reader and find it useless outside US! Malaysia currently doesn't have a bookshop retailing ebooks..


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I've had my Sony reader for a couple of months now and so far it's only the Sony store that requires a work-around in order to buy books. Basically, I have a friend buy me gift cards for the Sony store. First time you buy something, you're asked to give your address, which must be in the US. I have a US credit card, but what seems to trip me up buying from the Sony store is the fact that the billing address on that card is not in the US.

But you can still buy from Kobo, Waterstones, WH Smith and other "multi-reader" e-book stores that sell epub format reading material. You won't find your Reader useless outside the US at all. Just give some thought to which country you want to register it as being "native" in. (Not sure about the US version, but the Reader I bought through the UK had a whole list of countries you could register - it's apparently your choice.)
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:01 AM   #12
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But you can still buy from Kobo, Waterstones, WH Smith and other "multi-reader" e-book stores that sell epub format reading material. You won't find your Reader useless outside the US at all. Just give some thought to which country you want to register it as being "native" in.
Being a Malaysian I guess it is best if I register the country as US rather than UK? (Currently ebooks are not sold by any M'sian bookstores). From the forum that I have been reading it seems that there are more choice if the country is US that any countries in Europe?
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Being a Malaysian I guess it is best if I register the country as US rather than UK? (Currently ebooks are not sold by any M'sian bookstores). From the forum that I have been reading it seems that there are more choice if the country is US that any countries in Europe?
Yes, there are more books available on Amazon U.S. I'm in KL too and use the gift card option, along with a VPN that provides me with a U.S. ip address, to buy books from Amazon.
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I'm in Singapore & also struggling with geo restrictions. Do you mind sending me a PM to let me know which VPN service you are using? I've tried some of the free ones with no luck & leery of shelling out money for a VPN service with no guarantees that it will work. TIA!
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I'm in the UK and have the Sony software set for the US. I use gift cards purchased by other Mobileread members, to whom I send the money via Paypal (eg Disney_Mommy). They send me the card number which I then just enter into my Sony account. The credit shows up immediately and doesn't seem to expire until I spend it!
I've also managed to register on Barnes & Noble and can get their freebies, but have never tried to buy from them - I would imagine my credit card would be no good there.
Have you tried any of the UK stores? WH Smith and Waterstones may work for you - I'm pretty sure some of the MR members in Australia and NZ manage to buy from them.
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