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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2009 3:48:12 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 5:16:17 AM PDT
Booklover says:
I live in Japan and it's the best money I ever spent. Since japan is so crowded most living spaces are small, and frankly before the Kindle my books had become rather a problem. Plus when I ship my stuff back to the States I won't have all that dead tree weight running up the costs. I'm beyond happy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2009 5:24:22 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
As an expat, that's another benefit/trauma avoided (from figuring out which not to pack) that I hadn't even considered!

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 6:34:26 AM PDT
I'll be traveling to Kenya, and won't have access to a computer for a while. I want to use my wall charger and cable that came with my Kindle. Will it support the voltage, and do I need anything other than an adapter plug?

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 6:38:48 AM PDT
Typo says:
Patricia, in Kenya you will need a 220v adapter. The Kindle itself is a 110/220 device so its not a problem to plug it in anywhere in the world.

Not sure where in Kenya you're headed but if you have time I highly recommend the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and up the road from there the Giraffe Sanctuary. These are both located in Karen (suburb of Nairobi). The latter is around the corner from Kazuri Beads which is not only a great place to shop but if you have time to do the tour you'll see that your purchases are going toward a great cause.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2009 8:13:18 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
One of the Kenya tourist sites should be able to tell you about the electricity, but my guess is it's European format not US. If that's true, you'll need a converter not just an adapter. That said, you won't be able to use whispernet and from what I've read, the battery life is a couple of weeks with that off. Good luck!

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 8:15:34 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
I defer to Typo . . . unfortunately I didn't see that one before I answered Patricia's. Good to hear that Kindle is 110/220 - my converter is full and I really don't have room for another one.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2009 12:09:57 PM PDT
Thanks for the info. I did have the opportunity last summer to visit the Giraffes, the Sheldrick elephants, and Kazuri beads. Also made it to Amani ya Jua for the brilliant fabric designs. I'll be working in Kibera for at least a week, glad to hear my Kindle can be recharged for my evenings in the hotel.

Posted on Jul 18, 2009 4:58:15 PM PDT
As I said I was successful in downloading several books with my gift card, american address ploy, now it's back to the can't deliver message. Darn!

Posted on Jul 18, 2009 5:20:14 PM PDT
JaymeC says:
Susan, It was a lot of money for us as a military family and we cracked and bought two :) We live in Japan and haven't had any issues downloading books via the pc. I love not having to either pay hefty shipping or wait 6 weeks or what not for books and I love having selection again. Its been wonderful. :)

Posted on Jul 18, 2009 11:32:58 PM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
Thanks JaymeC - that pretty much sums up my original thinking. Someone mentioned the advantage of not having to pack up tons (figuratively and literally) of books during the next move and that also resonated with me.

Posted on Jul 19, 2009 1:44:00 AM PDT
Does anyone know when Amazon is going to start selling Kindles outside the US? I live in France and I would like to buy a kindle - with a valid warranty. Sony already has an e-book model that is available. It does not seem as good as the knidle, but I'm not going to wait forever.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2009 2:24:29 AM PDT
I understand you can buy e-books with gift certificates as well, rather than only with a credit card...

- Andrys

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2009 2:28:47 AM PDT
As long as you register at Amazon with a U.S. address, you can get e-books with gift certificates as those are internationally ok. Then you can apply them to whatever you buy yourself, including what we're discussing :-)

- Andrys

Posted on Jul 19, 2009 2:39:21 AM PDT
If you leave overseas Australia having no US address but say AMEX credit card can you donload book on to your computer for your Kindle?

Posted on Jul 19, 2009 2:55:24 AM PDT
Typo says:
Raymond, you could buy Amazon gift certificates to enable you to buy books. Keep in mind, however, that you still need a US address to have the device sent to initially.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2009 3:35:34 AM PDT
R. Habenicht says:
I just bought a Kindle DX, I love it. I live in Kuwait, also. Although the whispernet does not connect (I've only had it for about a week so I'm still learning it,) it is easy enough to download from directly into the Kindle through the USB cord. The only problem..... I have about 3 months worth of unread books stored and NO time to read. Too many of my favorite authors and no waiting time when I order, it appears on the 'Manage your Kindle' screen and it downloads immediately........awesome.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2009 3:56:31 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
I can't wait to have that problem . . . well actually, just the "too many books" part, NOT the "no time to read" part.

Since you're here in Kuwait, you might want to check out the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah's new book club. The details will be available in September.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2009 6:32:52 AM PDT
Annemieke says:
Hi Mark, I have a Sony- E reader PRS 505 for over a year now, and am very happy with it, you can buy those all over the world in a Sony shop without any US registration ( what a hassle). I can download all international bestsellers from and pay with an international credit card. You down load directly to your PC, and connect the Sony to your PC as an external drive and drag books across. I too could not wait until I could buy a kindle outside of the US, and this is a great alternative.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2009 8:43:40 AM PDT
You can buy from the Amazon store using a computer, download to your computer, then upload to your kindle using the usb cable.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 7:13:12 PM PDT
Raven coe says:

I will be traveling outside of the US in a few weeks, and would like to use my Kindle to read business docs that are formatted in Word. Unfortunately, since Whispernet does not service outside of the US, I cannot have the Word docs emailed to my Kindle. My coworker had problems trying to upload the Word docs via USB. Does anyone have a solution for this?

Thank you!

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 11:34:24 PM PDT
Paxton says:
Rebecca - what problems has your coworker had? I have uploaded documents out of the US and sent them to my "free" Kindle email address, gotten them back as an email attachment and copied them to the Kindle successfully via USB. What problems is the coworker running into?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2009 3:14:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2009 3:19:57 AM PDT
The free Amazon version of the service sends converted files to you at your regular email address (used with Amazon in regular communications with them), as an attachment, and you then download the converted file and move it to your Kindle 'documents' folder.

That address you send the unconverted file to is then [you]

You can also, yourself, convert Word doc files to Kindle-compatible MOBI/PRC files with Mobipocket Creator 4.2 which is free, including what is called the Publishers Edition. You can import doc, html, pdf files to it for conversion.

See lower left and click around a lot :-)

- Andrys

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2009 10:31:24 AM PDT
ok. But how do the charge you. And how do you work out a download?

Posted on Jul 25, 2009 1:59:16 AM PDT
K. Simon says:
Does anyone know how you retrieve newspaper subscriptions overseas? I get the International Herald Tribune via Wispernet when I'm in the US but when I'm overseas if I go into manage my account it doesn't give me the option to download to computer the way it does for books...
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