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Initial post: Jul 12, 2009, 12:37:04 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
I'm seriously thinking about going Kindle. If I lived in the States I would have already, but I'm in Kuwait . . . I'd love to hear from anyone using Kindle abroad . . . how's it working for you?

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 1:20:17 AM PDT
Typo says:
I live abroad and just received my Kindle. All i can say is that i LOVE it. I had a friend who lives in the States receive it for me. The books i purchased ahead of time were already downloaded by the time it arrived in my hands. Since then, i have found the system of downloading to my computer and then transferring to my Kindle to be super easy.

I can honestly say that if i lived in the States i probably wouldn't own one. But since access to English books and newly released books is quite poor where i live, I have to say that this is probably the best purchase i've made all year.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009, 1:23:13 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
Cool! The shipping was killing me. Can you get magazines and newspapers?

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 1:34:02 AM PDT
Typo says:
I had mine shipped to an address in the States to someone i knew would be traveling in the region. I don't think they'll even ship them to APOs.

Part of the good thing about the newspapers is that they arrive via wireless while you sleep. Given the lack of wireless overseas and the availability of the same content online i opted not to go this route. After all you need internet access and your computer to get kindle books/subscriptions anyways.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009, 2:01:12 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
Yeah, that makes sense . . . I'll do the same thing - ship it to my mother, download a ton of books while home in October and then computer download when new must-haves come out.

Thanks for the feedback.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009, 2:46:59 AM PDT
Golf Photo says:
Don't worry about downloading when home - providing you have internet access where you live overseas, the process of downloading via your pc and uploading to the pc is childs play.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009, 3:23:56 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
Thanks. Guess that means it doesn't take forever?

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 3:30:10 AM PDT
Typo says:
It's super fast. You buy via One Click which must be attached to an American credit card that is billed to a US address. After you buy the book, go to Manage My Kindle and scroll down to see your purchases. When you click the "download to computer" button the book arrives to your desktop as quickly as your connection will allow - but certainly under a minute. Then plug in your kindle via USB to your computer, click and drag to the documents folder in your Kindle and you're ready to go.

That took about 10 times longer to type than it does to actually do. Seriously.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009, 3:32:51 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
If you're under 35 you probably can't appreciate how amazing that is. Also very good news - means I don't have to dedicate all my shopping money to books for Kindle while home . . .

Thanks so much for your help.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 3:44:10 AM PDT
Can you get magazines and newspapers without Whispernet? I was under the impression that you can't. I never figured out how to download non-book purchases from my overseas home, but now that I'm traveling in the U.S., I've subscribed to everything with my 2-week trial. Fun, but I can't imaging paying for more than a few subscriptions because of the cost and the free alternative of the net.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 4:13:15 AM PDT
Magazines and newspapers download to your computer just like books do and then can be transferred over the to kindle. I don't live overseas but I spend about 50% of my time working in Asia and Europe ... the only bump I've had is not being able to download samples of books before buying them. That appears to be a whispernet only function.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009, 5:10:56 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
You got it right, you can't. So I'll stick to reading what's online online and get my magazines delivered old school . . .


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009, 5:14:12 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
Sorry, I didn't see Geoffrey's post before replying to Twenty Haglund. Cool news re: magazines. I'll probably stick to the online versions of the newspapers, but Kindle the mags - again, the postage is killing me!

Thanks Geoffrey!

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 5:31:42 AM PDT
Jon O. Niess says:
I got a DX for father's day - really love it. I travel extensively overseas, and it's truly great on planes, in airports, etc. Like having a full US paper each day, even if I have to retrieve it manually - no whispernet roaming function is a bit of a drag. I am having one problem however - maybe someone can guide me a bit. I can't buy books when connected to the internet. I purchase a book, and the kindle wants to use whispernet, but it's not available - so my purchase just sits in a 'pending' status until i can connect to whispernet. Is there a method of buying books without whispernet? Maybe I have to change my 1click settings or something?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009, 5:39:02 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 5:46:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 12, 2009, 5:49:24 AM PDT
After you buy the book, go to the 'Manage your Kindle' pages on In the book list is a download option where you select downloading to your k directly or to your computer. Select computer. :) Once downloaded, connect your kindle to the PC, open explorer; your kindle should look like any other attached memory device. Open it and copy the file into the 'Document' folder. Once disconnected, the book will appear on your Home pages like any other book.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 5:48:58 AM PDT
Typo says:
Jon, after you one click the One Click button keeping the "send wirelessly to" option highlighted. After you do so, go to Manage My Kindle and scroll down to see the books you've purchased: "Your Orders". Click on "Download to computer." Then upload to your kindle.

Your book will still appear as "unsent" on the right hand tool bar that tracks delivery. But you still have your book because you've downloaded and uploaded.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009, 8:22:47 AM PDT
Jon O. Niess says:
hmm. that's the problem - they don't show up under 'Your Orders'...they only appear in the 'Delivery Status' window as 'pending'...

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 8:28:25 AM PDT
Jon O. Niess says:
ahhh - just read Geoffry's post - i do this from the media it. Thanks!

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 8:53:46 AM PDT
Help :(
I am currently overseas and using a PC but when I try to download a book to the computer so I can put on my Kindle I get a message that I am unable to dowmload due to geographical restrictions.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 9:17:39 AM PDT
Jwb52z says:
Kathy, you need a US credit card and billing address first tied to the one-click account. That's probably what the problem is for you.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 2:57:08 PM PDT
Kathy, if you don't have a US bank credit/debit card, you can use Amazon giftcards which can be bought with an international credit card

Posted on Jul 12, 2009, 3:09:43 PM PDT
Sara says:
Susan: make sure to download all the samples you want while you are home. Living overseas (military) this is the one Kindle function I really miss...every time we go home I download all the samples I've wanted to try before we leave and then purchase the books through the computer once we get back (if I liked the samples). I love having my Kindle here...our selection of english books is terrible and always exactly the same...being able to buy and have a book in minutes instead of weeks is just...awesome, and WORTH the cost! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009, 9:00:52 PM PDT
RobT says:
Sara: I missed not having the 'sample' function too, BUT if you go to Google Books a surprising range of books have 'previews' available there where you can sample a dozen or two pages as well as the TOC and index. I usually am successful going that route these days if I'm not 100% sure whether to buy a Kindle book or not -- it gives me enough to decide whether to get it or not.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009, 3:33:36 AM PDT
Susan E. Day says:
Seems to me that ya'll are all enjoying having the Kindle. That makes me feel alot better about getting one . . . I know it's not a lot of LOT of money, but hey, $300 on spec is a bit scary. There's nothing like feedback from users in similar situations to put that to rest. Thanks!
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