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1Redlesley
maj 17, 2010, 8:44am

Hi there - thank goodness for Google and bringing me to this forum! I have decided to treat myself to a Kindle. I have a UK account via Amazon but am currently living in Dubai, UAE.
I have an Aramex shop & ship account which basically means I can order on the US site and get couriered to me here in the UAE. My question (finally I hear you cry!) is, a)when I register my Kindle, should I register my US account address and b) can I pay for my downloads from my UK card?

TIA for any assistance!

2rbott
maj 17, 2010, 11:33am

I would say No and NO.
I asked Amazon about downloading to my US-Kindle when in the UK and was told I could not buy from Amazon.UK, only from Amazon.com and would be charged a premium to download to my US Kindle in the UK. Sort of like overseas telephone charges.
What you want to do is talk to Amazon.UK and find out what the latest rules are and what kind of charges are involved

3Octane
maj 17, 2010, 12:00pm

Amazon.co.uk has absolutely nothing to do with the Kindle. All new Kindles are the international version, which means you can order and pay for books from wherever you live, the price of the books depends on where you live.

I live in Germany and can buy books from Amazon.com with a German Visacard and get them delivered wirelessly. The actual price for a 9.99$ book (US price) is 13.79$ over here, due to VAT and the wireless fee.

Also, in most countries outside of the US the internet access of the Kindle is limited to the Kindle Store and Wikipedia.

So to answer your questions:
a) If you register your Kindle to your Dubai address you could buy books and have them sent to you. I'm not familiar with Aramex, so I don't know how it works. Do you have an actual address in the US, where you can get packages from Amazon.com and then Aramex sends them on to you in Dubai? If so, you could possibly avoid the additional charges to books by registering your Kindle to the US address, but I'm not sure if it would work.
b) Yes.

4Redlesley
maj 17, 2010, 2:16pm

Thanks both - Octane, yes, I have a PO Box address in the US which is what I can use for US websites and then Aramex will pick up from there and charge me weight for.
If I put in my Dubai address I am concerned that not all books will be available. The other option I have is just to order to send to my actual UK address where I can pick up the Kindle when I visit there in the summer - I guess this would probably be the most straightforward in terms of future downloads for when I eventually move back there.

It would have saved me a bit on delivery but in terms of hassle, I guess it's better to go with the UK option.

Thanks so much!

5mellowyellow
jul 16, 2010, 1:57pm

There is a bit of an issue with availability of books, depending on the country your credit card is associated with basically. If registered to a Uk address, you will find there are books not licensed for kindle in the Uk, which you won't be able to buy. Similarly, the same thing will happen if you use a card registered to the US, but with different books, if you see what I mean.

It might be worth just checking out your favourite authors to see if they are affected. It doesn't always seem to make sense, as I have found well known UK authors whose books are licensed for the US market, but not available yet over here. It just depends on whether the publishers have sorted out the digital rights it seems.

6mellowyellow
jul 16, 2010, 1:57pm

There is a bit of an issue with availability of books, depending on the country your credit card is associated with basically. If registered to a Uk address, you will find there are books not licensed for kindle in the Uk, which you won't be able to buy. Similarly, the same thing will happen if you use a card registered to the US, but with different books, if you see what I mean.

It might be worth just checking out your favourite authors to see if they are affected. It doesn't always seem to make sense, as I have found well known UK authors whose books are licensed for the US market, but not available yet over here. It just depends on whether the publishers have sorted out the digital rights it seems.

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