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Initial post: Dec 22, 2010, 6:03:21 PM PST
felly djuita says:
Anybody use kindle in Korea?

Posted on Dec 23, 2010, 5:59:14 AM PST
I do! I have a K2, and it's one of the best investments I've ever made, considering the limited (and expensive!) English-language book options there.

Posted on Feb 5, 2011, 11:47:05 PM PST
M. Choi says:
I use a K1, which I've been using in Korea for the past two years or so. It really is a great investment, you can get many books that just aren't easily available here. I download books from my computer to my Kindle. I would note that I got my K1 in the US before I moved to Korea, so I'm not sure if there are copyright restrictions on books you can order from a Korea-based address.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011, 5:05:09 AM PST
L. Bravim says:
I use the Kindle 3 in Korea. If you live in Seoul, there are some decent English language bookstores. In most of the country, you have to buy online or go without. The Kindle makes it so simple for those of us living abroad.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011, 10:33:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2011, 10:34:48 AM PST
S. C. Kwak says:
I brought my Kindle 3 with me to Korea when I graduated college and came home to Seoul this past December. It's great, because as you guys have all mentioned, the selection of English-language books is quite limited here. That said, the majority of academic works in my areas of interest (anthropology and Middle Eastern history) are yet to be made available on the Kindle, though I'm hoping Amazon will get around to uploading more.

I saw a person using K3 on a subway ride one day - kind of cool, since it's a rare sight here. Would have been funny if I had sat down next to him with my own Kindle. For some reason, I didn't have mine with me that day, which is usually not the case.

@M. Choi - From what I understand to be the case, there does not seem to be any problem with international copyrights but Amazon does charge extra $2 for Kindle e-book purchases made internationally. This is determined by whether the address of the credit card/bank account you use is in the US or elsewhere. I've kept my US checking account when I left the States for this reason, to pay for my Kindle purchases.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011, 1:50:30 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 10, 2011, 10:24:57 AM PST
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Posted on Jun 9, 2011, 9:55:12 PM PDT
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Posted on Nov 7, 2011, 5:15:35 AM PST
Tommy says:
Does anyone have a specific recommendation as to a hard cover for a Kindle Touch?

Posted on Jan 22, 2012, 12:54:12 AM PST
I'm a New Zealander currently living in Korea. Is it possible for me to buy a Kindle with a NZ or Korean credit card and use the Kindle outside of the US?

Posted on Jan 25, 2012, 3:21:25 AM PST
Get the Model with 3G as the WiFi is hard to get even in Seoul in many places.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012, 10:06:40 PM PDT
Can you buy a Kindle FROM Korea? I just moved here and would love nothing more than to get my hands on one. Should I just have it sent somewhere to a friend in the states who can mail it for me via FedEx?

Posted on Apr 1, 2012, 6:54:03 PM PDT
Jimmy says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012, 2:29:22 AM PDT
cherrylee says:
you can have it mailed directly to you

Posted on Apr 2, 2012, 2:49:26 AM PDT
Every time I try to order one it Amazon tells me it can't.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012, 8:17:58 PM PDT
CEVANS says:
I am glad to know that Kindle is taking off and is full of fire all over the world!

Posted on May 21, 2012, 6:35:21 AM PDT
Anton Hur says:
I bought my Kindle Touch using a Korean credit card (with an international VISA attached to it) and had it delivered here. It was before the Korea-US FTA came into effect however so I was taxed, but the funny thing was, a month later Amazon REFUNDED me a bunch of money (I forget how much) back to my credit card saying something about giving back some of my tax. It was pretty random but I'm sure they had a good reason to charge me and then refund me, who could keep all the tax laws straight anymore. I can buy all books, download all free books, etc.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012, 4:31:25 AM PDT
Denise Dixon says:
I have a Kindle fire and am going to Seoul in Oct. Does anyone know if my map apps will work?

Posted on Jun 3, 2012, 11:24:39 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 4, 2012, 5:32:40 AM PDT
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I live in Gwangju and I have a Kindle Touch and a Kindle Fire. I love them both for different reasons. Here in Korea, the only downside is not getting Netflix and stuff for the Fire. My wife and I both LOVE reading on the bus here. At first I was nervous that we wouldn't be able to download books from the store. (this was sort of the case with our Nooks before we sold those.) but the Kindle store easily accessible.
But yes, most of your apps will work just fine.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012, 12:00:49 AM PDT
Hey, guys. Thanks for the replies. I guess there's a difficulty when ordering and you have to go to the international orders page for ordering from Korea. The only problem is sometimes it defaults back to the American page and tells you that you can't order. It took me a number of tries but I finally put the order through and have received my Kindle. Many thanks, joe

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012, 8:51:05 PM PDT
KEB says:
When you say "not getting Netflix and stuff for the Fire" - do you have trouble downloading books for the Fire in Korea? I'm moving there shortly.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012, 1:11:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 3, 2017, 8:58:24 AM PDT
Ty, Felly; I was wondering the same.. Maybe even more so since I am the author of a Korean war memoir; WHAT'S A COMMIE EVER DONE TO BLACK PEOPLE?
(before your time I'm sure:-) I've also often wonder if Korean youth took much interest in such books?

Can't say I would blame you, the nine months (December 4, 1950 to September 1st 1951) I served as rifleman was a living nightmare. The memoir is also available as an ebook, titled; BLACK WARRIORS IN KOREA, 1950-1951 by: Curtis Kojo Morrow

Posted on Jun 8, 2012, 4:51:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 8, 2012, 4:54:00 PM PDT
Re: KEB's question about not getting Netflix: There's no problem downloading *books* in Korea; but Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, and a few other internet video sites are not accessible here. If you try to access them, you get a little pop-up that says they're accessible only in the U.S. and its territories.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2012, 7:01:23 AM PDT

I also live in Gwangju and am looking to purchase a Kindle Touch 3g or Fire, if I must. Do you know anyone who might be selling one?
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