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Does the Kindle work in Canada?

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Initial post: Aug 2, 2008 7:21:20 PM PDT
I am in Ontario, Canada. I couldn't find the Kindle on the site, but was wondering if the Kindle would work here?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2008 9:07:56 AM PDT
I am also in Ontario. I tried to track down the areas in which Kindle works. I think it is a brilliant alternative to paper and if it did work in Canada I'd get one in a heartbeat. Sorry to say the last time I checked Canada wasn't covered.

Have there been any changes lately? Are we now covered? Someone, please let us know.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2008 6:12:34 PM PDT
You are kidding right? Rogers is GSM and the rest of our cell companies are CDMA high dollar rip off's. I have had a unit since day 1. I got it as a present and it works in Canada and anywhere on the Internet is available. I do not like the lack of technical books that are available. There are other problems as well. Hey folks do you know for months the tech support staff at Amazon did not even have their own Kindle! Yuppers , they had to go get one from a small stack of units when they really needed it. At Apple everyone has the iPhone - basic common sense. The device is great but , the way they handle it I have problems. Notice how many iPhones Apple is PROUD to say they sold. Ask Amazon how many Kindles are out there and they refuse to say. My concern was a very short end of life to a great product. We will see. One thing the staff in support always listen but, they have no power. And no Jeff does not do a weekly "Hey Guys Walk Through the Kidle Dept" which is seperate from the rest of the company. Buy it like anything else with a U.S. address and use the net. You will like it. Plus I use 4GB and 8GB SD cards as well. Works fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2008 3:57:27 AM PDT
Joop, thank you for the REAL information.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2008 2:08:36 PM PDT
J. O'dell says:
So it can also work off of internet? That would be ideal... I live in South America and Sprint doesn't exist down here. So would I be able to use it?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2008 3:42:38 PM PDT
As long as you can get access to the Internet you can use this. They do want you to have a U.S. address in order to do business but, you can take the device anywere in the world. I have used my Kindle in 45 countries. If anyone has questions about the Kindle I will be happy to answer them here. And Jeff (Amazon) we would like to see the numbers of units sold posted. At the very min. stockholders should have access to that info. O'Rielley tech books are not online and that really bothers me since they are known for being tech leaders. I would buy lots of their books if they were online.

The Kindle will soon be 1 year old. I store things in it, I use it for music, tech stuff tec. I do not take it apart. If you have questions about how Amazon has treated me I am pleased to answer. Speaking for me the techs at Amazon need FREE Kindles. How many billions is Amazon worth? Jeff write it off as a perk.

Cheers everyone!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2008 5:04:39 PM PDT
Joop, I just ordered mine. So when it arrives, how do I download books? I have a computer connected to the internet - and wireless network hub (airport) - what else will I need and how do I do it?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2008 5:37:17 PM PDT
You attach a USB cable from the Kindle to a USB port on the computer. You will not be able to use wireless. Also for people reading this pay close attantion: Keep your wireless turned off if you are NOT in a Sprint area in the U.S. This will save you power and since there is no wireless it just makes sense.

I see many uses for the Kindle other than just books. If there is a remote team doing aid work and requires info they can be sent all sorts of information via the Kidle. Many places like Iraq have Internet and all you need to do is connect - poof the book or whatever is yours.

It would be good to see a GSM - 3G version of this unit like Apple did with the new iPhone. Amazon keeps the unit small, simple and because they did that it requires very little power.

Last: I have no idea why newspapers have not jumped at the chance to get on the Kindle. Hey, guess that is why newspapers are dying. One email/file copy and millions get their paper for the same price. Sounds like a good deal to me. And I bet with the $-Shape Starbucks is in you would bet they would be on the KIindle if you could download your morning fix. Ha. Just a thought.

Again, I am more than happy to answer technology questions, user questions and frustrations. I DO NOT WORK FOR JEFF AT AMAZON. Just something you should know.


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2008 9:25:05 AM PDT
Do you need a US credit card or billing address to purchase the ebooks from amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2008 10:00:00 AM PDT
Yes as far as I know.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2008 10:27:54 AM PDT
Joop, you pack a lot of content into your notes.

I would love for the good folks at Amazon to find a way to enable the Kindle (perhaps the next generation) to toggle between their US cell connection systme and Wifi for anywhere else. A big part of the Kindle magic for me is the ability to look up new books from anywhere (without having to attach to my laptop to go through wifi.)

Further, I live in the US but travel to Canada to do business and to visit family and friends. I come from a huge "book loving" family. When I took my Kindle to a family reunion, it was the center of attention. They all wanted one. Having said that. I'm hoping that they are thinking about this expanded market to the north. Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa as a start might give them the market sizes that they would need to make the business case.

On another note. I have colleagues and friends that struggle with the same issues in the UK and France.

This is such a great concept. It would be wonderful to keep it simple and make it truly "access to Amazon from anywhere". The Kindle is like a teleport to the Amazon mother ship. I can't help but love what the good folks at Amazon have done so far.

Collaboration for Success,

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2008 1:15:07 PM PDT
When I travel and someone looks at my Kindle they are amazed.

In Canada we are talking about the "Country Next Door" - Canada the place where Rogers charges more for data via cell than any other wireless company in the world. Simple wireless data blips for one minute or less would not be a problem for Telus or other CDMA networks in Canada. What they would try to charge for those blips would be another thing. I am with you - GSM for Europe, Wireless and Internet access as well. Amazon needs to build around markets that try to extract foolsih payments. Amazon also needs to market this like Apple. The Kindle is simple, stable and just plain works - I would like to see the folks at Amazon build on that by adding wireless as an option for people who are outside the U.S. If a U.S. Kindle can work outside the U.S. then I see no reason why a wireless version with Internet via USB could not be sold as an option.

On a personal note I wanted the O'Reilly Tech books so that I could carry the tech book with me inside a data center and like you, not the laptop. So far Amazon has not been able to make a deal with O-Reilly based on what seems to be a "technical issue" and not a lack of desire on the part of Tim O'Reilly. Bceause I really need this function I contacted the O'Reilly company direct. As far as their books go I was told that there is a format issue with Amazon but, I can go direct to the O'Reilly site and download books. For you Apple folks out their they also support Safari as well.

I like the Kindle and intend to do some different things with mine over the next month. When I have something to report I will post it here.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2008 8:20:28 AM PST
Tina Cooper says:
Hi there, I live in Surrey, British Columbia - about 10 minutes from U.S. Border. I just received my kindle and it does not work in Canada to download. I drove to the boarder and I was able to get connected. You can use your kindle in Canada and anywhere else in the world but in order to download anything you have to connect your kindle to your computor. Only works in the U.S. because of the wireless connection. Also, just to let you know that if you do not have an american credit card, you will not be able to purchase kindle books. You also have to have a U.S. address to purchase the books and the address has to be assigned to your american credit card. I just learned this last night went I drove to the U.S. to register my kindle (as I was able to connect there) but when I tried to purchase my first kindle book, it wouldn't let me. I called customer service and this is what I found out. Lucky for me that I have a U.S. shipping address and a U.S. bank account that is attached to a visa - it's a interac card, very hard to get an actual credit card if you do not have a prior credit history in the U.S. It's interesting how one is able to purchase the Kindle from the website with a Canadian credit card but then not able to purchase the kindle book's. Hope this clears up all the confusion. I love my kindle even though it was a headache figuring all of this out. I downloaded my first 2 books and am enjoying using my kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2009 5:18:17 AM PDT
Rajiv Joshi says:
Hi Joop - If you are outside US, can you only download books using USB or can you also get all the blogs and newspapers delivered automatically as long as it is connected to a PC with Internet?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2011 1:17:37 PM PDT
I am in Ottawa where I enjoy my kindle every day

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 1:38:34 PM PDT
I am in Alberta Canada and my Kindle works fine, as does the wireless and 3G connections to order books and have them delivered wirelessly. The only time I have to connect to a computer is when I download books from sites other than Amazon and have to connect to convert the format but that isn't very often as most books I can find on Amazon.

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 5:40:24 PM PDT
YES! Kindle absolutely works in Canada. (Note to anyone new to the thread that the original posts were in 2008, when Kindle was not available for purchase to Canadians.)

I'm in Ontario and my Kindle wifi downloads work just fine. Although, there is the odd book I can't get, and sometimes the discounts/freebies available to US shoppers do not cross the border. For the record, I would LOVE to see host a full-fledged Kindle store.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2011 6:01:24 PM PDT
Amanda says:
I am from Canada, and the one I bought from works perfectly. you just can not get the extended warranty !
There are many alternatives to the kindle in Canada that you can purchase as well but they are all the same :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2011 8:28:30 PM PDT
B. Peatt says:
I'm in BC and the Kindle works very well here.
It' best to but it in the US as there seems to be some restrictions here in Canada.


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2011 10:01:19 AM PDT
Tim Maxwell says:
Buy the book you need. Scan it with ABBY Fine reader or similar. Save it as Mobi.
Your done.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2011 10:08:21 AM PDT
Tim Maxwell says:
Try this.

Go there.
See books.
Free?... just download in Mobi
Pay?... just arrange for payment (various), and download in Mobi.

There are LOTS of places to get books on line.
Internet libraries
author sites
Don't see what you like?
Buy a book, or take one from your library.
Scan with ABBY Fine reader, or similar.
save in mobi,
your done.
Need conversion software?
Try Calibri.
It's free too.
Use WIFI... that's what it's there for.

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 12:47:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2011 12:53:00 PM PDT
I live in Oakville Ontario and with some restriction my Kindle works fine here. Some kindle books are not available in Canada (copyright laws). Newspapers and magazines come without photos (copyright again I suspect) I can't use the blog feature. As a strictly book reader it works great and I pay with a Canadian credit card. I live in hope that the restrictions will be rectified.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 12:05:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2011 12:06:03 PM PDT
AnitaK says:
I have used my Kindle since Feb 2010 in Ontario, both city and rural areas, in fact, my ping - 3G- is actually better at the cottage than at home.
I am registered in Canada with Canadian address, Canadian credit card, I just pay the exchange rate-which lately is quite favourable.
I agree with Bruce Campbell - would like to see restrictions lifted for the books currently not available in Canada. I have used the WIFI to sinc with a computer and that works well too. I use it for reading books only.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 12:17:29 PM PDT
Thanks everyone. I have my answer. Unfortunately, for the Kindle, I ended up with an iPad - which I LOVE.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 12:35:49 PM PDT
Just an addendum that if u live in Canada and are near a border, I have found that Kindle's are now available to purchase in the U.S. Target stores. I don't know if they will come up here when the stores replace Zellers later this year.

Our family has a Kindle, and two laptops w/Kindle for PC. Unfortunately Kindle for Blackberry is not supported outside the U.S., unlike the versions for iPhone, iPad, Android etc.

Notwithstanding the great animation effects and inclusion of pictures when Kindle app is used on other devices, the glare is challenging on those devices.

Happy reading, everyone!

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