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Initial post: 12 Aug 2010 08:49:28 BDT
S. Kilani says:
If I buy my Kindle from the amazon UK site, but I'm an expat living abroad in the Middle East, can I still download books from the UK site? I don't understand how or why they would want to stop me doing this.

Also, if it doesn't work, can't I just download the books to my PC and then transfer them to my Kindle?

Posted on 11 Nov 2010 19:13:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Nov 2011 18:53:54 GMT
I'm exactly in the same situation. Living in Bahrain and not sure if Kindle 3G will work here. Did you find out whether it will work in this part of the world?

update: The 3G works perfectly in Bahrain

Posted on 11 Nov 2010 19:19:12 GMT
From my understanding you can only use if your account is registered to a British address otherwise it will be .com. It has to do with the publishing rights in different parts of the world it is not Amazon being bloody minded

Posted on 11 Nov 2010 20:31:09 GMT
I'm a writer living in France and my book has a price different to that showing on both the USA and UK site. I queried this with amazon and it's to do with the tax they said!

It does seem a bit bizarre though!

Enjoy your new toy anyway. :-)


Impeding Justice

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2010 07:40:03 GMT
J. covic says:
Hello. This has been a problem for me as well! I received my Kindle as a gift from a friend living in the U.K. I live in Europe, and even though he had put his U.K. address as the prime address, they delivered a few books to the kindle, then all of a sudden they said I couldn't purchase anymore books from the U.K site, so had to change my kindle account to (U.S.)The books are more expensive, and the free books available on the U.K. site aren't even available on the U.S. site! This seems very strange to me, and can't find an answer why this is so! Thankyou.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2010 07:44:45 GMT
J. covic says:
Hello. Yes, I'm pretty sure your Kindle will work there, but you will have to get your kindle books from Amazon.Co (U.S. site) The whispernet should work anywhere in the world, (not 100% sure). Wishing you luck in any case!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2010 07:47:26 GMT
J. covic says:
Hi. My gift kindle was registered to a U.K. address, but after I downloaded and bought a few books, they blocked me buying from the U.K. site, had to join U.S. site. I feel this is unfair, as the books seem a lot more expensive than the U.K. site!!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2010 08:08:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Nov 2010 08:09:18 GMT
Damaskcat says:
It's because of copyright restrictions - and tax in different countries. It's not Amazon's fault - it's just the way it is. Tax regulations are different in different countries.

If you don't live in the UK you don't get the advantages of living here - simple

Posted on 12 Nov 2010 12:05:40 GMT
ChrisJ says:
Of course, other people are complaining that the number of free books available in the US is so much greater than the number in the UK!

Posted on 12 Nov 2010 12:40:48 GMT
Joe says:
All you lot, look up 'web proxy' - in essence, its pretty simple to make it look to Amazon if you are in the UK even if you are in say, Outer Mongolia.

Posted on 12 Nov 2010 16:47:34 GMT
For me, it's not a question of not being able to download ebooks from the UK - it's that as I am retired to Spain Amazon UK won't sell me a Kindle but say I must buy from the US. Buying within the EU means I would not pay customs duty; buying from the US means I run the risk of having to pay out up to 50 euros duty.

I've been told that this restriction cannot be blamed on a law, copyright or whatever, thus presumably it is a matter/arrangement between Amazon 'com' and ''. It would be interesting to know the official reason.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2011 12:51:44 GMT
The reason is Amazon wants you to buy books form US because it makes more money by selling them in America (less tax etc.). It can do so if you are outside the UK and it does. It doesn't even let you buy the kindle from UK if you are outside the UK, if you want one in Italy you have to get it sent over from America, which is quite dumb also because there is free trade in Europe (and you wouldn't pay extra tax buy buying it from UK) but not between EU and US so you must pay taxes both in europe and us. Why does amazon make people pay double tax when they could sell a lot more Kindles by sending it to you from UK? Don't they want Europeans to have kindles? They could sell a lot more I don't get it..

Posted on 7 Mar 2011 19:51:20 GMT
S. A. Tangey says:
I don't really mind which site I purchase from EXCEPT the book I want isn't available on the US site. Understand the argument but if a shop doesn't have the product i'm looking for, I should have the right to seek the product in a different store....

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2011 20:57:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Mar 2011 20:57:55 GMT
Suzanne says:
@Charles Caporal. I live in France and have just purchased my Kindle from I didn't pay "2" lots of taxes/import duties. In fact the price I payed was pretty much the equivalent of the UK price. It arrived in 4 days, fully tracked. I also paid in euros on my euro debit card, so no bank charges incurred.

@chrisj. There may be "more" books available on the .com site but it depends which region your kindle is registered to. Mine is set to "europe" and all the "free" books on .com are actually 2.30usd (because of european taxes/local 3g charges ??? )

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2011 08:09:26 GMT
Damaskcat says:
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Posted on 8 Mar 2011 08:13:49 GMT
Suzanne says:
Who/what was that comment made at Damaskat??

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Damaskcat says:
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Posted on 8 Mar 2011 09:09:35 GMT
If I purchase a UK newspaper monthly will I be able to access it whilst in eastern europe (Bulgaria)?

Posted on 8 Mar 2011 09:51:36 GMT
Tigger's Mum says:
I bought my 3G in the UK and used it for a couple of months there and went to France for 7 weeks and from there I've downloaded a good few books both freebies and purchased. So far I've not had any problems, on my account page on Amazon on the computer I have left my country as UK so I dont know if that makes a difference and I pay using my UK registered card. My E mail address is in France though. I'm going back to UK this week so perhaps you are treated as being on holiday if you dont change your country base. I'll have to wait and see if anything changes.

Posted on 8 Nov 2011 20:37:15 GMT
Damien Byrne says:
Just thought I'd chime in. I'm in the Republic of Ireland, so basically right next door to the UK so to speak, yet I couldn't get my first Kindle delivered from the UK site. Had to order from Amazon US, and pay an import fee.
If the argument against selling UK Kindles outside the UK is that they make more money off of e-book sales if you buy from the US, that is complete BS. It ignores the fact that when you buy a Kindle, you are purchasing a piece of hardware. Yes, its used to read e-books, but an e-book and a e-book reader are not the same thing.
Plus, a few stores in Ireland are now selling Kindles (PC World and Tesco, that I know of). Amazon UK still won't deliver though. So they're telling me that instead of fulfilling consumer demand and selling me a Kindle cheaper (buying direct from them means cheaper price), I have to either pay for a US Kindle and get charged import fees or pay for a reseller's Kindle and get charged the mark-up.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2012 09:19:56 BDT
Hi Tigger's mum, i believe you have hit the nail on the head. the key is where your method of payment to Amazon originates from. If you have a UK credit card you could be anywhere (your IP address has no impact) and buy ebooks from I have a NZ credit card and i can quite easily buy cameras etc from Amazon UK (and have them delivered to Kuwait where i live or my mother's home in UK). But try to buy an ebook and and Amazon knows that i am not a UK (or US) customer so am unable to buy any ebooks. If i have got this wrong please let me know, as my wife and i would like to have the ability to buy ebooks.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2012 09:39:43 BDT
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Posted on 7 Jul 2012 09:40:14 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Mr. Roberts, most digital content is sold on a regional basis. In the case of eBooks the Author may not have the same publisher in the UK and the region covering Kuwait. Ebooks in Australia, for instance are often much more expensive than in the UK. As a result Amazon UK only has ebooks licensed for purchase by UK residents. The .com site holds licenses for all regions and charge the appropriate amount for each overseas sale.

Amazon have software that recognises the download location but have no problem with UK residents holidaying overseas and downloading there, but if you never download in the UK Amazon can force you to change your account to .Com. If were to allow ebooks to be sold to residents of other countries they would be in breach of copyright law.

Most, but not all, physical products are treated differently as, in effect, because Amazon are actually buying them wholesale and therefore own them they can do anything they like with them because the point of sale is considered to be in the UK. With most digital content the point of sale is treated, in effect, as the location it's downloaded to.

I can buy some digital content from non-Amazon retailers in the US without a US address or credit card simply because I'm buying ebooks that are licensed for sale in the UK. You should be able to do the same from sites like Fictionwise. Remember that Amazon isn't your only source of ebooks for your Kindle. I regularly buy from 7 different US sites.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2012 12:42:18 BDT
Hello, Denis, many thanks for your explanation about the copyright issues preventing non UK residents accesssing ebooks. Next week I will be in the UK and plan to try and buy an ebook whilst there. I will let you know how i get on!
Best regards Chris

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2012 12:48:44 BDT
Thank you Damaskcat, i know of people that do not live in the UK or US but can still download from Amazon (.com & ebooks. i believe the key may be to initate the first ebook purchase while in the UK or US. i will try next week and let you know how i get on! best rgds Chris. The key of course will be will it still work when i get back to Kuwait. By the way i have three delivery addresses logged with Amazon. X1 UK and X2 Kuwait, (and i might even have a French and NZ one too)!
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