While not up on EU law myself, I can almost guarantee that would be considered an illegal import, and you would likely be subject to some pretty nasty fines if someone ever found out and wanted to make an issue of it. Are there no local electronics retailers that sell the Kindle where you are? On this side of the pond, there's probably a half dozen places that sell the kindle from Best Buy to large retail chains like Target and Walmart. I would be quite amazed to find out that there was nothing similar in Ireland.
Not really sure what Irish settings there would be anyway, besides using the British spelling of certain words, but if you bought a 3G enabled Kindle in the US it would be using US cellular frequencies which are not necessarily the same for Europe. Also, if you use your credit card overseas, you often find that you end up paying something of a premium, so if you plan to buy a lot of books you'd likely end up spending more than you'd save skirting import duties. I don't know if that applies moving from one EU country to another, you'd probably have to ask your credit card company.
Converting between ebook formats is trivial so long as there's no DRM to contend with. The free Calibre program will do a pretty effective job, even if the GUI is something of an unmitigated disaster... It's free, and the author is regularly working on fixing bugs and adding new features, as well as quite responsive on the forum devoted to the program, so it's difficult to complain too much.
Hopefully someone can help - I am awfully confused about this whole business (even of where to post this question!)
I am looking to buy a Kindle Touch, and I live in Ireland. To get it delivered I have to buy this through Amazon.com for $139, and pay delivery and duty on top of that - for a total of nearly $210.
I have a friend who is visiting from USA, and I was wondering if its possible to get this delivered to her - with all the "Irish Settings" in order to save a bit on delivery and cut out the duty? (I hope that doesn't come across as too dim - but I really am confused...).
The other option is my brother lives in the UK, where the touch will be released on the 27th April for £109 ($173). I visit every month or so - so can I just get books when I am over there, or will it hate my Irish credit card?
Thanks in advance for any help