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Amazon Kindle 2/DX for Singaporeans!

If you’re an avid reader like me, you’d like to get your hands on the new Amazon Kindle 2/DX. Unfortunately, it’s meant for the US market only. And even if you can get that machine into Singapore, you will have problems buying the Kindle books because one can only purchase them with a credit card issued by a US bank.

BUT, there’s A SOLUTION!

And I’ve gotten mine using that solution and have since been buying, downloading and reading Kindle books! Yes, the initial cost may be high. But in no time, the savings will more than pay for it. You may like to know that for every book I buy, I save between S$10 to S$15 (sometimes even more) per book! I have not included the parking and petrol costs; and time , too! *The step-by-step instructions below show you how:
  1. Amazon doesn’t ship Kindle out of the US.  Therefore you must register with Vpost first. With Vpost, you can buy products from countries like, US, Europe and Japan.
  2. Go to Amazon.com, log into or create an account if you do not already have one. Buy the Kindle 2/DX and have Amazon shipped it to your Vpost (USA) **address. I will skip the rest of the procedures between you and Vpost as you can find them at their site.
  3. Once you receive your Kindle 2 in Singapore, the fun begins!
  4. Log into your Amazon.com account and buy a Gift Certificate and email the code to yourself.
  5. You should be able to receive the gift certificate code in your email in a matter of minutes.
  6. Copy and paste and apply the code to your Amazon account.
  7. Delete ALL you existing credit card information. Reason being  that when you buy a Kindle book, the system will check this information and when it recognises that your credit card is not issused by a US bank, the purchases won’t go through.
  8. Drum rolls please…..
  9. Congratulations! You should now be able to buy books for your Kindle 2. Just ensure that the gift certificate has enough credit for what you are purchasing.
  10. To download your purchased books and sync to your Kindle via USB, go to ‘My Account’, scroll down to ‘Digital Content’ and click on the ‘Manage Your Kindle‘ link.
  11. Scroll down until you see, ‘Your Orders’.  You should be able to see all your purchases.  And on the right, there is an drop down menu that says, “Deliver too…”.
  12. And in that menu, choose the option that says, “Transfer via computer…” or something to that effect.
  13. Connect your Kindle via USB and drop the newly purchased book(s) into your Documents directory of your Kindle and HAVE FUN READING!
  14. Hope the above instructions help.  If  you run into any problems, feel free to ask me via this blog.

*Updated on 2 Jul 09: Thank God, I finally found the original blog where I learned this trick from. Credit must go to NerdGirl! I just tweaked it to people here living in Singapore. :)

WARNING! (dtd 10 Jul 09): DO NOT use IE 8 to purchase your Kindle books. A reader, David, had problem purchasing his Kindle books, even with the gift voucher. Until he changed to Google Chrome, the problem was solved!

Update: 10 Jul 09: PDF Conversion: If you want to read pdf books, no problem! Just send your pdf book to yourusername@free.kindle.com. And in a few minutes time, an. azw (Kindle) version will be sent back to you. There’s no need to add Subject or Body heading. But remember the word, “free.” must be added in front of “kindle.com”. Therefore, it should be @free.kindle.com, not @kindle.com.

**Update: 11 Dec 09: Spoke with a Singpost staff and asked her especially with regards to the Amazon Kindle. She told me to ship it to Portland Oregon address instead of the Compton California’s. Reason being Compton is very strict with battery stuff. I’d suspect it’s the state of California that is strict, not Compton itself. So, just ship to the Portland Oregon address:)

Comments

  1. Hey Jennifer,

    If you can buy offline, the vendor gives you a good service and the price is not way too high, I think it’s ok. It’s normal for the vendors to make some money since they have to bear the risk of not selling off the products if Amazon comes out with newer models. As for night light, except for the Kindle Fire which use some LED technology, I don’t believe the rest have night light. You can find the answer here about night light: http://askville.amazon.com/kindle-night-time-reading-light/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=71188730

  2. Hey,

    They’ll definitely recognise that it is not a US card. But anybody can buy a gift card. So it’s ok.

  3. I want to buy a kindle for my sons 18th birthday I nearly bought one in aust for $239. Debating whether to buy online or not. I want to know if they have a night light.

  4. Name (required) says:

    Hi I have just bought the latest model of kindle. When you purchase a gift card you still need to put down your card number. Will they recognise that it is not a US card?

  5. Found the best Kindle seller in SIngapore.
    http://kindlesingapore.wordpress.com/

  6. Hi Raymond, there was once Amazon was blocking purchases if we buy stuff from amazon via non usa address. But since that time which happen years ago.

    Last time i use amazon site via vpost to buy the kindle. As for comgateway i not used them before. Where are u located ? in singapore or other non usa address?

    When i buy ebooks or android app via amazon website with my account …i dont encounter any issues w a non usa ip address for now.

    RAYMOND says:
    March 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm
    I using comGateway to buy already . But I use VPN to mask b4 I go into amazon . That means VPN is redundant . Jus wonder why everyone is talking about VPN masking . Confused !!!!

  7. I using comGateway to buy already . But I use VPN to mask b4 I go into amazon . That means VPN is redundant . Jus wonder why everyone is talking about VPN masking . Confused !!!!

  8. @Raymond, You can get vpost to buy for you the kindle 3 via their vCONCIERGE service.

    Try it.

  9. Thanks . How about buying of kindle . Is it also no need VPN too .

  10. @Raymond Yap just select the country USA, do no include credit card details. Dont need to mask IP

  11. Thanks . Why everyone is saying must mask VPN . If not we cany see the price right unless we select country is US . Cos I read someone was ask to verify their US before . Pls advice .

  12. Thanks . Why everyone is saying must mask VPN . If not we can see the price right unless we select country is US . Cos I read someone was ask to verify their US before . Pls advice .

  13. Hi Raymond, you don’t need to use VPN to purchase contents from Amazon USA.

    Raymond says:
    March 7, 2011 at 1:37 am
    Has anyone try HideIpVPN yet to mask your ip for purchase of ebook ..http://tinyurl.com/62vblmn

  14. Raymond says:

    Has anyone try HideIpVPN yet to mask your ip for purchase of ebook ..http://tinyurl.com/62vblmn

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