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Old 08-16-2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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Anyone know if there's any restrictions on number of times you can download? there's a couple of books I fancy, but don't have my Kindle yet.
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:48 AM   #2
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No. The Amazon Kindle does not currently support eBooks protected with Mobipocket DRM.
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Arrrg! All the eBooks I want are available in the UK only.

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Plus the site must be busy 'cause it's painfully slow.

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Old 08-16-2010, 03:23 PM   #4
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That makes a change, its normally the USA that gets the good deals...lol Off to take a look now.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:56 PM   #5
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Does anyone know how W.H. Smith determines geographic restrictions? Can I buy a gift voucher, and then change (temporarily) my address to somewhere in the UK, or do I need to have a UK IP? There are several ebooks I'd like to buy that are not available in the US and may never be.
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:16 PM   #6
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Arrrg! All the eBooks I want are available in the UK only.

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Plus the site must be busy 'cause it's painfully slow.
Yep, same here.

It is pretty funny - because Amazon will sell me the exact same book and edition in the case of the one I looked at.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:13 AM   #7
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I'm in the UK at the moment. Wonder if I can buy any books.
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Does anyone know how W.H. Smith determines geographic restrictions? Can I buy a gift voucher, and then change (temporarily) my address to somewhere in the UK, or do I need to have a UK IP? There are several ebooks I'd like to buy that are not available in the US and may never be.
I'd like the answer to this as well. Although my #1 ebook desire, The Power of One, isn't available, there are several other Bryce Courtenay ebooks available that I'd love to purchase.

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Old 08-17-2010, 01:53 AM   #9
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Does anyone know how W.H. Smith determines geographic restrictions? Can I buy a gift voucher, and then change (temporarily) my address to somewhere in the UK, or do I need to have a UK IP? There are several ebooks I'd like to buy that are not available in the US and may never be.
I think you might have to do the IP thing.

I tried buying an ebook a few weeks ago by simply putting in a UK address in my profile, but it didn't work. I am not sure, however, whether this also applies to buying via vouchers.

So it looks like a VPN is needed, but most seem to give you a US IP. I don't know of any which will give a British one.
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Old 08-17-2010, 04:03 AM   #10
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Thank you, it's so nice to see an offer that actually might apply to me.

I have to check if the book I want (Stone's Fall by Iain Pears) is available for France though. Right now the site seems to be having problems, as others said.

Edit: yes, it is available for France!!! I've had my eyes on this book for a while now
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Old 08-17-2010, 04:27 AM   #11
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So it looks like a VPN is needed, but most seem to give you a US IP. I don't know of any which will give a British one.

The do exist, but I don't know of any that are free to everyone who asks (I know of one that's free if you manage to get one of the free accounts they give away each month). You can try for a free one from hideipvpn.com. I think they give away 25 a month, but they go quickly.

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Old 08-17-2010, 04:50 AM   #12
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I have to check if the book I want (Stone's Fall by Iain Pears) is available for France though. Right now the site seems to be having problems, as others said.

Edit: yes, it is available for France!!! I've had my eyes on this book for a while now
When I checked out the site, nearly all the books were listed with "access restricted" - but if you click that, you find that access is "restricted" to most of Europe. Hoo-ray for our side! (for a change)!

Unfortunately the latest Bill Bryson isn't quite affordable yet, even at half price. (They seem to be marking down from the hardback edition - think I'll wait and see if it comes down a bit.)
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The do exist, but I don't know of any that are free to everyone who asks (I know of one that's free if you manage to get one of the free accounts they give away each month). You can try for a free one from hideipvpn.com. I think they give away 25 a month, but they go quickly.

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The "Pay VPN" from http://hidemyass.com allows you to choose which country you appear to be in.
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Ditto for the paid one from HidIPVPN. I use it to watch British and American TV even though I'm overseas. . .
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