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Initial post: Nov 6, 2013 6:10:47 PM PST
I am British but I live in he US. If I buy a Kindle in the US can I download books from the website where my favorite authors are as well as from Can I do this from the Us or if I am visiting the Uk?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2013 6:14:59 PM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Steven, in order to register with a given regional site, you need to have credentials (an address, payment method) that show you are in the appropriate region.

That's to respect the authors' copyright, which allows them to license their books for various regions. If a publisher has negotiated the license right to sell the books in the UK, it doesn't mean that they have licensed the right to sell the books in the USA.

That's quick answer is that you'll register the Kindle where you have credentials. You can buy it in the USA and register to the UK site, if you want to do that and you qualify. You can only have the Kindle registered to one account at a time.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 6:22:02 PM PST
Thank you for the answer -it sounds as though I would have to register a Kindle in the US as that is where I live. I will have to carry on buying my books in print and having them shipped to me - a shame as it gives me no reason now to buy one

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2013 10:46:31 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
Have you even looked to see if your favorite authors are available on You might be very pleasantly surprised.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2013 11:30:52 PM PST
It's not the same, though, CBR. Books available first in a "British" country and then in the US are "Americanised" - idioms, spelling, and so on. Sometimes those differences can be really hard to take :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2013 11:59:26 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
not always - I just read one that i had to use the UK English dictionary on in order to figure out a few of the words

this edition is in UK English: The Wicked Girls
and this one is Americanized: The Wicked Girls: A Novel

and i'm still not sure what a placcy is or shellsuits are

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2013 12:26:54 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 7, 2013 12:29:44 AM PST
Placcy = short for placcy bag = plastic bag

Shellsuits are tracksuits made out of that shiny synthetic material that looks rather like the outer layer of a 60s space suit. Like this:

And no, not always. But certainly enough for me that if I had my druthers I'd buy UK editions. (ETA: One that really miffed me was Jonathan Livingston Seagull. One of my favourite books, but the US edition has some odd - to me - differences that significantly alter the feel of it.)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2013 12:31:29 AM PST
Interesting, by the way - that's one where I can purchase the UK edition but not the US edition. Most unusual.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2013 12:38:20 AM PST
Giulia L. says:
Sorry CBP, isn't Richard Bach an American? I am guessing (though I have no evidence of it, so take it with a pinch of salt) that the American 'version' is the original one... I understand that books are often impressed in our memories (whit all the related feelings etc.) the way we read them the first time, but in this case I think (again, just a thought!) that your UK version might be the 'altered' one...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2013 12:43:54 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I often have two choices and I usually get the cheaper one $8.75 for the UK version and $10.48 for the US version

and I have another complaint about prices: right now my wish list (ever since I did the country switch thing) is actually showing me prices, but they're the prices for US residents (grumbles) and I get sticker shock when I actually click on the item (more grumbles

I've had a bad day so far: dog peed in the house and she's a walker when she pees so I had a trail to mop up first thing in the morning (this dog never does that), the hot water had gone off so I had a cold shower, and now I have to get some report in a day early


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2013 2:22:42 AM PST
Yes, sure. But I was talking about the "natural feel" edition to me (being Aussie, our heritage is still more British than American). What I was miffed about wasn't the alterations, per se, but the fact that I had to settle for the US version when it really feels wrong in places.

That's not about which came first; it's about cultural affinity.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2013 3:27:38 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I still get thrown with jumpers, pavement and biscuits

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2013 4:17:44 AM PST
And sloppy joes? :-)
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