Yes it stinks a bit, we bought kindle last week so I could share books with my sister in the USA only to find out we can't. Good news is kindle did say that it was something they were looking into, I can see people jail breaking there kindle soon if you can't buy a book on line and then share.
I can only download the kindle UK versions of my own book. Thankfully I downloaded kindle to my PC and didn't fork out for one before I discovered this. Until Kindle sort this I won't buy their product, as it's a kind of discrimination.
Thats not all. If you buy a kindle book from a US site you are charged by Visa to convert from dollars to pounds. So, if the book is $1 it turns into £2 and that's why I don't buy any more books from the US sites.
I open two windows and search the Amazon.com site for books, once I find one that interests me I then do the same search in the second window on Amazon.co.uk. Invariably they usually do have the same book and the prices are usually ok. I most recently did this last week and had some really good books that have never appeared in the bestsellers or the new releases on the UK site and they were reasonably priced. Its worth the effort and you don't end up out of pocket.
Really good idea. I just tried it and there are more e-books than on UK site - but Amazon.com still asks which country you are in - and when you ask "why?" They say: "Certain Kindle Titles are not available everywhere. Kindle Titles that are available in your country or region will be displayed." I wish we could do something about it, because you can order printed books easily.
I *think* it may have to do with issues with UK publishers. I've noticed more and more, not just with kindle but printed books that if a UK publisher has bought the rights to a US book, amazon stop selling the US publishers version of the book. (Very annoying)
I think this is the same with the kindle books and its all down to the publisher.
Is there any way, that anyone knows, to put pressure on publishers to allow kindle versions/kindle exchange on books in UK? I hear from my brother that in the US, once you have read an e-book, you can post it up on an "exchange" site and allow up to 5 people to "borrow" it and read it for up to 2 weeks. I do not know if borrowers have to pay any fee. the idea seems to make sense though. If I buy a printed book I am free to lend it to people. the whole system needs sorting out. Can any one think of anyway to start a movement to do this?
Hypothetically speaking, if a person went to "Choose country" on their Kindle and inserted the location of an American hotel then they would be able to buy American books in the same way as if they were in that hotel.