Living outside the US but want a Kindle?

Feb 14, 2009 by

Sorry for the Kindle-centric news recently, but frankly this news is one of the biggest in the industry right now, with all the speculation, gasps of disbelieve and howls of protest amidst believers singing in the streets over the supposed digital revolution.

I would love to get one – check out the video on the Kindle 2 page if you haven’t already.  Oh so nice… 🙂

If you didn’t already know, the Kindle is currently only sold in the States.  But what if you’re staying outside of the country, but have the opportunity to get your grubby hands on one?  Perhaps a relative or friend is willing to ship one over.  Maybe you’re planning a trip to America yourself, and hoping to spread some greenback love for the good of the economy (whatever!).

But before you spend that hard-earned cash on this decidedly sexy and incredibly expensive device, it may be useful to know this: even if you could get the Kindle, you are not able to purchase content for the device (which is, of course, the raison d’etre of the whole thing).  From Amazon’s Help page:

At this time, we are unable to offer the Amazon Kindle 2 and associated digital content from the Kindle Store to our international customers due to import/export laws and other restrictions. When you place your order for an Amazon Kindle, the shipping address for the delivery must be recognized by our systems as valid U.S. addresses.

To successfully purchase digital content from the Amazon Kindle Store, the 1-Click payment method listed on the Manage Your Kindle page must be a credit or debit card issued by a U.S. Bank with a U.S. billing address. We value our international customers and hope to make Kindle available internationally in the future.

Therefore, unless the situation changes, no point getting the Kindle if you’re not living in the US.  Time to look for alternative readers, people.

Ok, this is definitely the last Kindle-related news for at least a couple of weeks.  Promise.

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