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Books from .com version of Amazon for non-.com Amazon users

Post by Scott » 01 Sep 2016, 13:43

Some countries have a specific version of Amazon that they generally need to use instead of the .com version of Amazon. For instance members in the UK generally need to order from the .co.uk version.

However, I know some members who live in countries like the UK are still able to buy and download Kindle books from the .com version of Amazon. Can those members provide advice on how that is done for other members in a similar situation?

It's unfortunate Amazon chooses to make it so difficult, especially for digital books.

UPDATE (Sep 9, 2016) -- Here is a solution one of our members has provided:
Maggie Stancu wrote:Hey everyone. I'm from Canada and its super inconvenient that you can't easily shop on Amazon.com. However, there is a way to purchase kindle books and the like (other digital purchases, from my understanding) from Amazon.com even if you aren't from the States.

How I did it was I scrolled over my account (at the top right hand corner of the screen), and clicked on Manage Your Content and Devices. Once you click on that, you can go to your content, devices, or settings. Click on settings. Scroll down to Country Settings. It will allow you an option to "click here" for other Amazon sites you can shop at, so click on that. It will then give you a drop down menu explaining where you can shop. For me, it said Amazon.com, and asked me to click learn more, so I did. It will then give you the option to transfer over to Amazon.com :)

I don't know if this will work for other countries but it worked for Canada, and is worth a shot! Hope this helps! :D
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Post by Booky_BettyC » 01 Sep 2016, 14:07

Good question. I am actually trying to track down the BOTM for September but it says it is unavailable to me for purchase. I'm not sure if it's a country problem or if I'm doing something wrong? Some of the books that are for review come up the same way also.

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Post by gali » 01 Sep 2016, 14:11

Scott wrote:Some countries have a specific version of Amazon that they generally need to use instead of the .com version of Amazon. For instance members in the UK generally need to order from the .co.uk version.

However, I know some members who live in countries like the UK are still able to buy and download Kindle books from the .com version of Amazon. Can those members provide advice on how that is done for other members in a similar situation?

It's unfortunate Amazon chooses to make it so difficult, especially for digital books.
It is unfortunate, and it makes no sense regarding digital books. I live abroad and we don't have an Amazon store here. I opened an account on Amazon USA, and I buy Kindle books from them. I also bought my kindle from them. Still, there is some stuff I am not allowed to buy from them, like certain kinds of kindle covers and so on.

I think that each country can use a specific Amazon location, and one can't go around that. I can't buy kindle books (or kindle for that matter) from Amazon UK for instance, even though I have an account there as well.
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Post by Scott » 11 Sep 2016, 07:48

I know it is possible because some members have been able to do it. Also, Amazon states it is possible here. But Amazon doesn't explain exactly how to do it.

-- 11 Sep 2016 10:23 am --

Here is a solution one of our members has provided:
Maggie Stancu wrote:Hey everyone. I'm from Canada and its super inconvenient that you can't easily shop on Amazon.com. However, there is a way to purchase kindle books and the like (other digital purchases, from my understanding) from Amazon.com even if you aren't from the States.

How I did it was I scrolled over my account (at the top right hand corner of the screen), and clicked on Manage Your Content and Devices. Once you click on that, you can go to your content, devices, or settings. Click on settings. Scroll down to Country Settings. It will allow you an option to "click here" for other Amazon sites you can shop at, so click on that. It will then give you a drop down menu explaining where you can shop. For me, it said Amazon.com, and asked me to click learn more, so I did. It will then give you the option to transfer over to Amazon.com :)

I don't know if this will work for other countries but it worked for Canada, and is worth a shot! Hope this helps! :D
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Post by Emma-Louise » 30 Sep 2016, 09:07

I followed all these instructions and still could not purchase any of the books. :/

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Post by Jeyran Main » 13 Oct 2016, 09:13

The instructions are correct. The only problem you may find later is that if you attempt to make any purchases in the future, it will all be in American.

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Post by vinsam » 22 May 2017, 06:20

thanks for the god post and information

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Post by Laughingsun » 15 Jul 2017, 10:36

I'm in Canada, thanks for this post, it's very helpful.

Although the last book I 'purchased' for free for review was to be from the .com site, however when I went to the .ca site, it was free as well. If it ever is the case where it's not free at the .ca site, but is at the .com site, I'll use the advice in the first post to see if that works :)

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Post by JulieS » 15 Aug 2017, 08:29

Hello,

Is there a solution that does not involve switching my kindle between different countries? I am in France and don't wish to switch to US

Thank you in advance ....

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Post by gali » 15 Aug 2017, 08:37

JulieS wrote:Hello,

Is there a solution that does not involve switching my kindle between different countries? I am in France and don't wish to switch to US

Thank you in advance ....
I don't think there is another solution.
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Post by JulieS » 15 Aug 2017, 11:49

Hello Gali - thank you. I guess I'll have to give up then. I was looking forward to writing reviews.

Best

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Post by gali » 15 Aug 2017, 11:57

JulieS wrote:Hello Gali - thank you. I guess I'll have to give up then. I was looking forward to writing reviews.

Best

Julie
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Post by Scott » 20 Aug 2017, 18:43

JulieS wrote:Hello,

Is there a solution that does not involve switching my kindle between different countries? I am in France and don't wish to switch to US

Thank you in advance ....
@JulieS It is not necessary to switch your entire Amazon account to Amazon.com. You can use Amazon.com to get Kindle books and France's website for everything else.
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Post by JulieS » 21 Aug 2017, 10:23

@JulieS It is not necessary to switch your entire Amazon account to Amazon com. You can use Amazon com to get Kindle books and France's website for everything else.

I understand that I don't need to switch over my entire Amazon account to Amazon com - but I don't want to switch my Kindle account to Amazon com either. I see that you informed Gili about this support topic - however, this topic does not solve my problem.......

I am going to use your contact page to request that you deactivate my account. I can't use this site and I'm very keen to start writing book reviews, so I'll have to search for another review site. But I really do not want to receive any more unpleasant emails from you telling me that I have downloaded a free book when I have done no such thing.

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Post by ayoomisope » 18 Feb 2018, 07:40

The solution provided here don't work for some countries like mine, Nigeria. I guess it's probably a restriction by Amazon. Not sure though. In addition, kindle unlimited doesn't work here.
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