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Can I buy a Kindle Paperwhite while in USA to use it in Europe ?

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Initial post: Sep 25, 2012 10:11:54 AM PDT

I'm starting to think of buying a Kindle Paperwhite to test it. I live in Europe but I am for several months in USA now.

Can I buy a Kindle Paperwhite (wifi) here and use it without problems in Europe ?

Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 10:28:43 AM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 10:48:58 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Probably but I don't think you will be able to get warranty service if anything goes wrong with it since they are not shipping that model outside the US.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 3:13:38 AM PDT
Malakai says:

Just to clarify. This means Baptist Wicht will be able to purchase books on the Amazon site which is linked to his country. Ie if he/she lives in the UK or if he/she lives in the Switzerland or will he/she need to buy books via the website?

I am asking this as I am looking to purchase a kindle paperwhite from the website but I live in Switzerland. If possible I want to purchase my books on once I have it. Is this possible?

Do you know this from first hand experience?

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 3:21:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 2, 2012 7:35:22 AM PDT
There's no problem registering or using any of the e-ink Kindles, including the new PW, in Switzerland or other countries in Europe. Per Amazon, the basic limited warranty applies but you can't buy an extended warranty. Read Amazon's policy here:

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 3:30:09 AM PDT
Malakai says:
Thanks James. All I need to do now is get the kindle paper white from the US to Switzerland.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 4:27:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 2, 2012 7:35:56 AM PDT
Malakai, I'm in Central America but have US address and credit card that I use for my Amazon purchases. I've bought several Kindles on my US account and generally have been able to get someone to hand-carry them to me but have had a couple shipped to me using a US-based mail forwarding service. Without a US account, you could have a friend or family member in the US buy it and ship it to you. Finally, there's another way to do it without having a US address or credit card by using an Amazon Gift Card. I have friends who use this method for their Amazon US purchases and say it works fine.

Here's an article that explains how to do it: The author suggests using a Pizza Hut for your mailing address which is hilarious although it would probably work. I suggest using the address of a US-based mail forwarding service. You shouldn't have any problem finding one in Switzerland. Where I live, they don't charge for setting up an account and getting a US mailing address. They only charge for actual deliveries.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 5:09:08 AM PDT
Yes, I guess, since the content is delivered wirelessly. You can transfer it to your account in Europe and keep using it as a normal kindle device.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 5:22:37 AM PDT
Kelp Bed says:
This link may be useful to those wishing to order a Paperwhite from the UK

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 6:03:30 AM PDT
Malakai says:
Thaks James. Lots of good information. I have relatives in the US who can purchase it for me and they can ship it to my address so i will speak with them

Love the Pizza hut idea though! Where there's a will there's a way... Not sure why they would stop us from getting these tablets to EU. After all they make most of their sales on the books and other goodies you can buy...

Thanks for all the info!

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 6:15:49 AM PDT
Here's one suggested reason, Amazon can't supply them fast enough: .

I'm fairly certain this the answer. It makes sense for them to concentrate on the US market first. However, unlike the content licensing issues with the Fire, there are no such problems with the Paperwhite so I'm certain Amazon will offer them to its international customers as soon as it has the logistics issues resolved.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 6:54:01 AM PDT
D. Vasella says:
@Malakai: Would you be able to have another Kindle pw shipped for me (living in Zurich, Switzerland) if I agree to pay shipping costs?

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 5:29:44 AM PDT
Haverer says:
I live in Norway and the idea of waiting like this to buy a Kindle Paperwhite is just not on. Of course I could buy it using someone like JetCarrier but then the cost and hassle becomes ridiculous in comparison to what my friends in the US are being asked to pay. So I just walked into a store here and bought a Nexus 7 and it is a fantastic little device. The Kindle app works really well on it, so I guess one man's loss is another man's gain as they say.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 5:07:45 PM PDT
Olga Huber says:
Hi Malakai!
I am in exactly the same situation as you. Were you able to register your US pwKindle in Switzerland without problems?
Thank you!
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