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Kindle & Amazon

Postby P/o Prune » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:04 pm

Is anyone buying kindle books at Amazon?
I'm trying to buy a certain book but due to geographic limitations I'm not allowed to purchase this book.
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby DazaKiwi » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:52 pm

I do from time to time on my ipad as i have kindle reader on it. I have had that problem once before i think, its rather silly isn't it. It could be a newly release book that might have a kindle release date in your region later on. Do you have a kindle reader device or ipad? there are other ebook platforms you can try if you do have an ipad, such as ibooks and Kobo but you might have the same issue there. I think on Amazon you can wishlist an ebook and get a notification when it is released. Otherwise perhaps it might be in your bookstores in hardback or paperback format?
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby David Whyld » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:33 pm

Almost every book I'd bought for the past five years has been via Amazon so I can read it on my Kindle or iPad. Physical books have pretty much been a no-go since I first got a Kindle - being able to adjust the fonts and font size is amazing, as well as carrying an entire library in one hand instead of lugging around big, thick paperbacks.

I've never really had any problems with buying books I've wanted from the UK Amazon store but I've come across a few times where someone has mentioned a book on the USA Amazon store that isn't on the UK one. Which is weird when you think about it because it's an electronic book so in theory it should be available everywhere. I guess it must be some kind of licensing issue.
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby Lumin » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:02 am

I don't at all understand how digital goods wind up being region locked but it happens with games all the time too.

I only buy physical books that fit the criteria of 'nice and collectible and look pretty on a shelf' now, but even that's slowed down a lot due to lack of space.
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby P/o Prune » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:47 am

Could any of you Kindle users please check if you are able to purchase the following book?

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00 ... em_1p_0_ti

It tells me that it's no available in my "area"
I have tried various "bookstores" including Kobe but with the same disappointing result.
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby David Whyld » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:52 am

It says "This title is not currently available for purchase" for me.
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby R2T1 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:05 am

I get the same as David too. I don't own a kindle but this is in a box on the RHS of screen using your link. I don't know what area I would be in - Australia.
Perhaps you could make an enquiry to Amazon to get an answer.
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby Lazzah » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:30 am

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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby P/o Prune » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:32 am


Looks like it... Strange... Unless, of cours, that "my link" points to a newer edition. But I'm not sure.
Thanks Lazzah. looks like I'm buying it from the UK.
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby P/o Prune » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:54 am

And then again... Maybe not! :x
This is what I got when I tried to purchase the book through amazon.co.uk

We're sorry, we could not complete your purchase.
Finn Rosenloev, the Kindle Store on Amazon.co.uk is for UK customers only. To shop for titles available for your country, please visit Amazon.com.
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby ralphmerridew » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:47 am

Of course you can't get the US version of the book. They have to change the suffixes from -or to -our, from -er to -re, and from -ize to -ise, before you can read it.
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby David Whyld » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:39 pm

Ah yes, localisation changes. The usual excuse for why us Brits pay far more for the same product than our US counterparts. God knows how we'd understand American books if we had to deal with words like "color" and "humor" and "labor". What on earth do they mean...?
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby saabie » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:48 am

It must be nearly impossible. Google translate can happily translate dutch 'kleur' into Sindhi 'رنگ'', but as soon as you try to translate into English it gets confused as to whether it should be 'color' or 'colour'.
It does not even have an option to translate English into American or Australian, so clearly these are intractable problems :?
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby Lumin » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:20 am

Po (or P/o now, what's with that?), try changing your address, or making a second account with a US or UK address for digital purchases.
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Re: Kindle & Amazon

Postby P/o Prune » Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:01 pm

Lumin wrote:Po (or P/o now, what's with that?), try changing your address, or making a second account with a US or UK address for digital purchases.


P/o Prune or, Pilot Officer Prune was a character used during the war to humorously teach flight crews right from wrong.
Read more about it here: http://content-delivery.co.uk/aviation/airfields/prune/

As for the book I managed to download it by using "hidemyass" VPN hide.
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