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How to order a Kindle Paperwhite for UK delivery


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Initial post: 7 Sep 2012 10:15:08 BDT
As with the Kindle Touch last year, we have compiled a step by step guide to importing a Kindle Paperwhite from the US to the UK along with sample costs.

Full details here

http://www.kuforum.co.uk/kindleusersforum/thread-9990-post-82161.html

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 10:16:27 BDT
Brian says:
Thanks A.

Posted on 7 Sep 2012 13:30:40 BDT
I am thinking I'll order one and have it shipped to a friend in NYC. I'm planning a trip to NYC in November, I'd pick it up from her then which would save on the postage cost and import duties payment. I'd actually like to have the paperwhite one registered to the .com kindle store and keep the Touch I have currently as the co.uk one, due to different availability and costs. Would that be feasible?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 13:33:12 BDT
Sarah O says:
You could register it to your friends NYC address and work out a system of giving him money to put gift vouchers on the .com account for you to buy stuff.

Posted on 7 Sep 2012 13:34:59 BDT
Oooh now that's an idea........ But would it not be possible to register it to my own account and still access the .com store and keep it separate from my current Touch?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 13:35:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Sep 2012 13:36:47 BDT
Sarah O says:
Nope. UK address, UK card = UK site if you're in the UK

You need a US address and US card/billing address to buy stuff from the UK on the .com site

Having your Touch on the .co.uk site means that all the books you buy from here are only on your Touch, and the same applies to buying from the .com site. So you'd essentially be paying for 2 totally separate libraries of books

Posted on 7 Sep 2012 13:40:06 BDT
I was reading reports of original imported Touch models defaulting to the .com store regardless of the user's location or which amazon site they were registered with though. This only changed when the Touch was released in the UK.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 13:42:28 BDT
Sarah O says:
Well sure, they'll default to the place they're available for. There are all kinds of import laws and bylines for products only available in certain places. But the Paperwhite would default to the place you wanted it registered to, so shouldn't be a problem

Posted on 7 Sep 2012 13:47:08 BDT
I know there are import laws and such, but it does baffle me how I can boy books from amazon.com and have them imported no problem (pre Kindle, I often did this), but I can't access the amazon.com Kindle book store. I know laws surrounding digital media are very different, but if the end product is the same, then I can't get my head around why you shouldn't be able to buy it.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 13:50:05 BDT
It was only the basket icon on the top menu of the Touch that would default to .com. You could order books as normal via the experimental browser exactly as normal.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 13:51:01 BDT
Sarah O says:
Me either, it's a mystery. I've never really looked at country-specific restrictions on buying/selling digital content, but am assured that it's Very Serious and Must Be Obeyed.

Posted on 7 Sep 2012 13:51:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Sep 2012 13:55:33 BDT
that's good to know, about the browser. By that reckoning, I could buy Kindle books from any PC and they'll be delivered to the paperwhite on my account?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 14:02:13 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Popcultureboy, an Author can sell to Publisher A in the US for one price but to Publisher B in the UK for a higher one, and vice versa. With paper books the extra shipping costs would probably not have much impact on domestic sales, but that's not the case with digital deliveries.

We've seen lower prices put many milk producers out of business recently and while that may be no bad thing I'm not convinced that I wouldn't miss some authors if that happened to them.

I'm sure things will change in time but that may not be to our benefit. We'll have to wait and see.

Posted on 7 Sep 2012 14:24:01 BDT
@Popcultureboy

If you take a look at my old thread (link below) about the Kindle Touch I imported from the US, the first one in the UK I believe :) You can see how things worked out. I've no reason to believe that the Kindle Paperwhite would be any different.

http://www.kuforum.co.uk/kindleusersforum/thread-5286.html

Posted on 7 Sep 2012 14:42:23 BDT
Ah ha! Finally got my head around the .com/.co.uk thing now. Fine. The main attraction for me is the contrast, the lighting but most of all, the new fonts that it comes with, so I can live with not being able to access the .com store.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 14:59:48 BDT
masai mara says:
That's interesting.
Are you going to try it out with the Paperwhite?
Thanks...

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 15:09:32 BDT
I have one on order and will post up a full report as soon as I get my clammy hands on it lol.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 15:14:11 BDT
masai mara says:
I can't wait. Many thanks
You are a true leader...:)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 20:37:16 BDT
I think you'd find that unless the Paperwhite is registered to an account with a US address and credit card, you'd have problems.

Posted on 10 Sep 2012 12:58:00 BDT
so...if I order a paperwhite from the US and get a friend to ship it over to me in the UK - then register it under my amazon.co.uk account...will it work ok or will I only be able to buy books from the .com store in the US?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Sep 2012 14:02:12 BDT
Wrong. People ordered the Touch long before it was available over here, and it worked just fine.

Posted on 10 Sep 2012 14:24:20 BDT
All you need to do is register the Paperwhite to your .co.uk account and it will work correctly. Mine's already showing up in my UK manage my Kindle page. We've even had confirmation direct from Amazon that it will work fine in the UK, even the 3G.

Posted on 11 Sep 2012 10:39:42 BDT
Hugo Read says:
Hello all - do people think the paperwhite will eventually come out in the UK (like the touch did)? Even if it takes say a year?

Personally I want a paperwhite (for the fonts, light...), but assuming it will eventually come out in the UK I'm prepared to wait until it comes out here officially, as I'm not sure I can be bothered circumnavigating the system and getting hold of a US one. I'd rather just wait, but obviously only if it were going to come out here eventually.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2012 10:48:09 BDT
masai mara says:
I think it will. If Amazon follow their usual pattern, It may be here next spring, just like the Touch. Only guessing though..

Posted on 11 Sep 2012 12:02:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Sep 2012 12:02:39 BDT
I'd say it's a fairly safe bet that it will come out, eventually. When I imported the touch, it cost me (in total) about £20-30 more than it would have to wait for the official UK one 6 months later. To me, that was worthwhile overall - I guess it just depends on your eagerness vs the outlay.
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