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Where should I buy a Kindle from?

by CH5443 / April 8, 2012 3:11 AM PDT

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

C

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by Jimmy Greystone / April 8, 2012 4:36 AM PDT

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.

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by CH5443 / April 8, 2012 7:44 AM PDT
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Thanks for the replies!

I didn't mention in my post that you cannot get a kindle delivered from Amazon.co.uk to Ireland - you have to buy it from Amazon.com, which is strange, as Amazon.co.uk acts as a supplier for all their other products, including free delivery - that's why I assumed that Kindles may be "locked" to the country you reside in.

I hadn't considered that other shops may sell Kindles - thanks for that, I will look into it. I don't need a 3G version, as I can connect via broadband at home - and intend of installing a good few books before I go travelling (which is why I want one).

I am already registered, and bought items from both .com and .co.uk so that shouldn't be a problem.

Thanks again for the replies

C

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Irish credit card
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 8, 2012 4:03 AM PDT

If your Irish credit card is Visa or Mastercard, or if it is an American Express card, then normally that would be fine. You don't say where in the UK you would consider buying one from, (which store), but if you visit their web site that should say what types of credit cards they accept.

Are you a member of Amazon.com the US site? If so and you have used them before, then ordering a Kindle from them and 'changing' the delivery address should work, but they would naturally be concerned about fraud or a scam, eg your account been hacked by someone in the US.

What about Amazon.co.uk ? If there is no Irish version of Amazon then the UK site has undoubtedly delivered direct to the Republic of Ireland before. And as a bonus Amazon has its own store of eBooks for the Kindle that you can download direct from the web site.

That said, you may have to do some more research because I suspect, but I am not sure, that one store's eBook Reader may not accept other stores' eBook files. There is no file type standard for eBooks sadly, as shown in the comparison chart in this link;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_readers#File_format_support

You might also be interested in this link; http://www.ebookreadersreview.co.uk/

Good luck.

Mark

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