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Initial post: Dec 15, 2011 11:11:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 30, 2012 4:57:41 PM PST
Another thread sparked the suggestion that we begin a thread specifically for Australian kindlers, given how many things are different for us (books available, prices, freebies/discounts, etc). So here it is. Perhaps if it gets too busy it might get split into a few threads (problems, freebies/discounts, whatever) but for the moment, this is it. If you're Australian, come join us, track the thread, and feel free to post any specifically Australian info here. If you're replying to a specific post in the thread, please try to remember to use the "reply to this post" link at the bottom of the post, so that readers of your reply can easily see what you're replying to (it shows as a link "in reply to an earlier post" in the top RH corner of your reply).

A special note to Aussie thread newbies: we know it can seem a bit daunting to jump into a well-established group, but honestly, we're all just sitting round the barbie having a yarn. Grab a drink and a chair, and introduce yourself. You'll be given a warm welcome, and before you know it you'll be part of the gang.

Thanks to Julie, here's a summary of the thread highlights:

We recommend you use the search function to the right of this thread to check if what you want to know has already been discussed, otherwise here's a list of useful Kindle- related discussions in the first 130 pages with page references if you wish to read the relevant posts:

Price hikes by Hachette, Macmillan and Penguin - pages 1-13, 15-20, 23, 27-28, 30-44, 54, 63, 66-67, 71, 75, 84-86, 93-94, 101-110, 113-114, 117-118, 120-122, 124-128 This is the current hot topic.

Which Kindle should I buy? - 40, 105, 125-127

Refurbished K3K WiFi from Dick Smith at $99 - 99, 112, 120-123

Registering a Kindle, registering/using Kindles overseas or registering to other Amazon stores - page 14-15, 31-33

Using/buying Kindles not sold in Australia (Touch, Fire) - 37, 39-40, 60, 61, 79, 82, 84, 91, 103, 128,

Covers, lights, chargers and other accessories - page 7, 16, 23-27, 31, 33, 36, 41. 48-50, 52, 55, 57, 60

WiFi & 3G - 35, 37, 40, 49-53

Buying and using gift certificates, especially to avoid many tiny credit card transactions - pages 5-6, 19, 43, 101

"Not available to Australia" other ways to check and to work around, and buying books when visiting the US - pages 2-4, 12, 28, 30, 113-114, 128

Downloading and transferring (sideloading) books - page 7, 34-35, 37, 39, 53

Advice for new Kindlers - 46

Sharing an Amazon account - 38

Indie books - definition and advice on buying - page 3, 5

Kindle problems including freezing when highlighting - 79, 83, hard reboots - 92

Locations and page numbers - 108

How to "Tell the publisher I'd like to read this on Kindle" - 56

Reading in cars etc - 36-39, 54-55

Using Calibre including DeDRM plugin - page 12, 21-23. 32, 34, 63-64, 68-70

Collections - 65-66, 69, 116-117

E-books in other formats .mobi, epub - 74

Converting PDF's to Kindle format - 64, 70, 122

Tracking price drops on - page 9-10, 86-87

Kindle Daily Deal and Pixel of Ink - 118 - page 25, 28

Project Gutenberg - 34 & - 41-42 - 56

Amazon Prime - page 17, 19

Libraries and e-book lending - page 17, 98

Amazon & Kindle Customer Service - page 23, 100. 109

Kindle Games - 34

Advice for Indie authors - 54-57, 88

Book Depository - 67, 90

Converting Amazon time (PST/PDT) to Aussie time - 68-69

Baen books and DRM - 90, 106

Warning about - pages 2, 12, 22, 40, 45, 47, 53, 93

Warning about ereaderslibrary - page 12

Keep an eye out for regular posts by "Hitcho" regarding new free books listed on

Along the way we've digressed a few times, discussing such diverse things as internet shopping, weight loss (join our weight loss support group), aircraft, clothing etc.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 11:59:09 PM PST
Hitcho says:
Hi CBP, how exciting!
Here's a free pre-order of a novella by Australian author Cecilia ThorntonThe Enchanted for 1/2/2012

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 12:21:34 AM PST
Mummyscrooge says:
What a great idea. I will be keeping an eye on this thread.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 12:55:12 AM PST
CarltonCaz says:
Yep, terrific idea.

My hubby gave me a Kindle 3 for Xmas last year and I've never looked back, although sometimes it gives a little frustration and patience is needed re: the release of books.

Have just received today the new Kindle which I will be giving to my hubby for this Xmas....sharing the love! :-)

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 1:26:11 AM PST
Robin Colton says:
I've had a Kindle 3 since September and I just love it. I was warned that if I registered it in Australia I would miss out on freebies and that prices would be more. My option was to get my kindle sent to my family in US and have it registered there. I chose to stick with registering it in Oz. I guess I can't whine about the high prices etc. I have noticed that the prices have gone up considerably since I first got mine.

I'll look forward in seeing how this thread progresses as time goes on.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 2:08:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2011 2:11:00 AM PST
Hitcho says:
Lots of new free books have come up on tonight. I have bought 14 so far. There are 2220 free books available in total to Australia.
Here's a few
The River of Desire: A Journey of the Heart Through Patagonia
Cookies - 200+ Favorite Recipes from Club, Church and Community Cookbooks
Santa and The Little Teddy Bear (Bilbos Adventures)

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 2:12:07 AM PST
Count me in!

I got my first K3 when they were released to Australia in September last year. Over a year later, my love has only grown stronger and my Kindle goes everywhere with me. Thought I'd lost it at Denpasar airport but recovered it a few days later no worse for the adventure. This Christmas we're expecting an addition to the family - a K4, and when the Touch becomes available there'll be no stopping me. Not so sure about the be honest I'd love it just for the sake of having a colour e-reader to read to my toddler, but there don't seem to be many great picture books on the Kindle in any event.

At first I was so disappointed that so many books weren't available to Australia. But now I've discovered so many amazing books that have been among the best of my reading life...The Graveyard Book, Ms Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, 22/11/63, The Night Circus, the wonderful series of Lady Jane Grey and Nell Sweeney, Room and the wonderful Flavia deLuce. My Kindle is full of treasures found and yet to be discovered. Just an embarassment of riches.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 2:50:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2011 3:05:21 AM PST
Hey, Mummyscrooge, you wouldn't happen to be an SS member, would you?

(For everyone else, that probably sounds weird; I'm not suggesting she's a Nazi. If she's a member of SS, she'll know what I mean.)

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 3:31:09 AM PST
Thankyou, what a fantastic idea! I have had a kindle for over a year now (sold my K2 then bought a K3) and I love it! My Mum and sister have since bought one and we are huge fans. I will be tracking this discussion eagerly.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 4:04:26 AM PST
Tracey C says:
As a big Terry Brooks fan I have been waiting for more titles to become available for OZ customers. I hve all the dtb but want to get them on my kindle. A couple of days ago 8 old titles came up but at double the price the USA is paying. We have always paid more for books in this country, ebooks were a cheaper option. Looks like the Australian publishers are going the rip

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 4:09:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2011 4:11:33 AM PST
Mummyscrooge says:
I am indeed CBP. I was mummyscrooge but changed my screen name to Debra F recently.

It really does sound bad to the uninitiated. LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 4:29:46 AM PST
MarkAidanz says:
@ Tracey C

Hachette Book Group is the publisher for Terry brooks and all their Kindle books seemed to have jumped for australians. According to wiki Hachette Book Group is a publishing company owned by Hachette Livre, the largest publishing company in France, and the second largest publisher in the world.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 4:31:03 AM PST
MarkAidanz says:
Thanks for starting this thread CBP.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 7:12:16 AM PST
YW, Cactus. It wasn't my idea - I just put the thought into practice, that's all :-)

Mummyscrooge, I was Clare P on SS. It's nice to meet up with old friends.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 1:50:22 PM PST
MarkAidanz says:
Are we allowed to know what SS is or is it Super Secret?

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 2:48:25 PM PST
Hitcho says:
Price Drop Australian Author
You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead Marieke Hardy
currently $3.63
Start price at ereaderiq says $14.99, but on the book page digital list price is $4.54
There are more, region Australia, Kindle Price Drops
The Slap $7.26
Australians: 1 Thomas Keneally $9.99
Has anyone read Australians, there are no reviews.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 3:02:18 PM PST
Ebooks by Australian authors: Fatherly Love

Simon Haynes also has books out: Hal Spacejock I think if this doesn't show up free, check his website and it should be free to Australia from his website.

I've read both (nothing alike. Fatherly Love is a crime novel. Spacejock is sort of a space opera, wacky detective klutz book.) Both are enjoyable!


Posted on Dec 16, 2011 3:11:12 PM PST
Amity says:
I am an oldie with limited income. Received Amazon's email on Kindle and then discovered this site. Just wondering (1) what costs will be involved in Oz for stocking up on e/books? (2) which model Kindle is seen as giving best value for money? (3) any disappointment experienced by users.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 4:31:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2011 4:31:37 PM PST
EmBee says:
I received a response from Hachette last night with regards to my query about the price rise of their books for Australian customers. Here's what they had to say:

"...the titles you are inquiring about are made available through Hachette UK rather than Hachette USA.

Since HUK is a separate company than HUSA, we can not speak on their pricing policies. At a guess, the tax is a big part of the discrepancy. We believe the tax on ebooks is higher than print books in Australia (at least that's the case in the EU).

In the US we don't tax books as heavily as the EU and Australia, which often results in lower ebook prices in the US. In short, the prices a customer sees on the US site do not include tax, but the prices on the AU site will include tax, hence the AU price will appear higher. Please Hachette Australia or Hachette UK as they might be able to give a better explanation."

My next step will be to send an email to Hachette Australia (probably should have contacted them in the first place). I strongly encourage anyone else concerned about recent price rises to do the same.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 4:47:38 PM PST
Hitcho says:
Hi Amity
1 - Costs are really dependent on what you want to read. New releases are often expensive and there has been a recent price increase by Hatchette of $4.50 - 5.00 on all their ebooks. If you like old out of copyright books you will never run out of reading material. Take a look here
There are also free limited time offers and discounts.
2 - I recommend the Kindle keyboard 3G, the most expensive option at $219 from Dick Smith, Woolworths etc or $189 + postage from Amazon. You will also need a charger. The advantage is
"Kindle 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) is the easiest option because there is no wireless setup-you are ready to shop, purchase, and read right out of the box. Built-in Free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that cell phones use, but there are no monthly fees or commitments-Amazon pays for Kindle's 3G wireless connectivity. The added convenience of 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go-without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection. With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, Kindle 3G is a great option for travelers."
You can also download books directly from, check email, weather etc using special mobile sites. you can check 3G coverage where you live from the Kindle Keyboard product page.
On any Kindle you can sideload books, you download to your computer then transfer via USB.
3 - Disappointments are mostly price rises and the dodgy 3g signal from Vodafone.
You will love your Kindle.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 5:20:52 PM PST
Hitcho says:
Mark, I don't think that tax is the problem. We buy from Amazon US and they don't collect tax, if we get an Australian store that will change.
I did an interesting price check on the Steve Jobs book
Amazon $14.58
Angus and Robertson, Booktopia, Borders, Dymocks, and Google $13.99.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 5:27:47 PM PST
John Borg says:
Dan Pedersen wrote a few short stories from the top end (Cape York). The Escapist

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 5:29:50 PM PST
John Borg says:
I use my lap top for kindle, works well

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 5:30:04 PM PST
Ethelred says:
Yes - it's hard to believe there has suddenly been a 50% tax imposed on ebooks. The two Hachette series I was looking at went up by that much. Why haven't books from all publishers gone up this much if that's the case?

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 6:24:16 PM PST
Hitcho says:
Other publishers will be watching with great interest to see what happens.
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