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Offline Phil Reading The Lost Empress by Steve Robinson
23 Nov 2011, 09:00 PM | Post: #41

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RE: Kindle Touch - Does it work in the UK? Answers Here

(23 Nov 2011 08:42 PM)AliB Wrote:  If this only works in the UK for Amazon and Wikipedia is it worth paying the extra amount for 3G? Or will the 3G work for other sites later on and therefore worth buying the 3G version. Or is this a gamble?

I'd say its a big gamble. The current Kindle Keyboard 3G does have unrestricted 3G web browsing, although the experimental browser does restrict the functionality of certain sites though, but you are free to browse. The fact they have taken that browsing ability away on the Touch to me says it won't be back, or at least it won't be back without a monthly fee attached it.
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23 Nov 2011, 10:40 PM | Post: #42

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Quote: I'm writing to let you know that Kindle Touch will detect only US IP addresses. And so it will not connect to international IP addresses. Besides,this is the reason for not shipping Kindle touch internationally.

Sadly that's complete nonsense. I can only assume that he was confused and was talking about the Kindle Fire to which this does apply.
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24 Nov 2011, 12:31 PM | Post: #43

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RE: Kindle Touch - Does it work in the UK? Answers Here

Hello all,

Shiny new Kindle Touch just arrived from the US.

Would anyone know how to upgrade to the ad-free version?

There's nothing in the UK version of the "Manage my Kindle" webpage (of course) so I logged into the ".com" webpage. But that US webpage says:

"Your Kindle account is currently registered at Amazon.co.uk. Go to the Manage Your Kindle page at Amazon.co.uk."

So it doesn't look like I can upgrade to the non-special-offer version :-(

Any ideas gratefully received!
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24 Nov 2011, 12:48 PM | Post: #44

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RE: Kindle Touch - Does it work in the UK? Answers Here

(24 Nov 2011 12:31 PM)flint Wrote:  Would anyone know how to upgrade to the ad-free version?

So I created an "amazon.com" account, and temporarily registered the new Kindle with that account.

The "edit" button now appears in the Special Offers section (after associating my account with the USA), but it won't let me unsubscribe from the special offers because my credit card doesn't have a US billing address.

Boo!
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Offline Lou Reading Ryria Series by Michael J Sullivan
24 Nov 2011, 01:22 PM | Post: #45

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RE: Kindle Touch - Does it work in the UK? Answers Here

Hmm, bit of a pain.

First thoughts are, can you use a gift certificate to pay for the removal ? You should be able to purchase a gift cert with a UK card.

Second, it may be worth contacting Amazon customer services and asking them if they can sort it - give them some spiel about it being a gift.

Worst case scenario is having to wait until the UK Touches are released.
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03 Dec 2011, 09:52 AM | Post: #46

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(17 Nov 2011 05:57 PM)Lou Wrote:  All methods work except for using the menu item called "shop in the Kindle store" - you can just go to Amazon.co.uk from the browser instead.

I thought I'd add in my little bit, after having had the Kindle Touch for a week now. Whilst you can have samples sent via amazon.co.uk from the device (so long as you've registered your country there - you can actually change your country registration to and fro to suit (esp if you have a bundlebox US address to use!)). You can also buy novels via amazon.co.uk and have them sent to your Kindle Touch. However - and this is a big 'however' for me - you can't then click on a sample (obtained via the UK website) to see the book description or to purchase that book, should you wish to. You'll be told your Kindle device doesn't support amazon.co.uk at that time. This means that it's okay if you're happy to do all your Kindle buying straight from the UK website, but if you're reading a sample and want to buy it on the fly (via 3G or wireless) or even just want to remind yourself what a book is about by reading the blurb, you WILL NOT be able to do that from the device. For this reason, I've found myself bound to using the amazon.com site (and, annoyingly, a lot of novels actually seem more expensive there, even once you've converted back into stirling).

I must say that this aspect of the new Touch has been disappointing to me - I had hoped, this time round, that there would be a way to have had the book's cover and blurb uploaded with the sample (after all, who wants to keep turning wireless on to see what a novel's about - and if you've got a load of samples saved, you really can't recall what each novel's about). I'm also slightly put off by the fact the battery life and wireless status no longer appears permanently at the top. You have to remember to check it - so if you accidentally leave the wireless on, it could take ages before you realise.

Finally - and maybe this is just me - I actually find it less user-friendly having to touch the screen to turn a page. Before, I'd constantly have my thumb hovered above the 'next' button and the slightest press would turn the page. Now (and, boy, this is going to sound lazy!) you have to physically move your thumb onto the page - and you can't do that until you've finished reading. So, it sort of slows down the whole process and the constant movement of your thumb actually makes you aware of turning the page.

Would be interested to hear what you think about all this, Lou.
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03 Dec 2011, 03:15 PM | Post: #47

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RE: Kindle Touch - Does it work in the UK? Answers Here

It's a shame about the samples situation and whilst not insurmountable it seems that it would be quite inconvenient for people who do a lot of sampling like this. The fact that it actively blocks you from the UK in this situation does seem nothing less than bloody-mindedness on the part of Amazon as there is no technical reason for it (much the same as the way they prevent you from shipping an official Kindle Touch cover to the UK). I hadn't really noticed about the battery indicator or have much inconvenience with the page turning, so again I guess this is going to subjective to the individual. I think a lot of these quirks may be ironed out with a software update, and as soon as we get an official launch of the touch in the UK that should solve the store issues.

One thing is for sure, the Kindle Touch is not everything it could have been. I know I would happily pay $20 more and have buttons as well as touch screen.
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03 Dec 2011, 04:18 PM | Post: #48

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RE: Kindle Touch - Does it work in the UK? Answers Here

(03 Dec 2011 03:15 PM)Lou Wrote:  It's a shame about the samples situation and whilst not insurmountable it seems that it would be quite inconvenient for people who do a lot of sampling like this. The fact that it actively blocks you from the UK in this situation does seem nothing less than bloody-mindedness on the part of Amazon as there is no technical reason for it (much the same as the way they prevent you from shipping an official Kindle Touch cover to the UK). I hadn't really noticed about the battery indicator or have much inconvenience with the page turning, so again I guess this is going to subjective to the individual. I think a lot of these quirks may be ironed out with a software update, and as soon as we get an official launch of the touch in the UK that should solve the store issues.

One thing is for sure, the Kindle Touch is not everything it could have been. I know I would happily pay $20 more and have buttons as well as touch screen.

Do you think there will be an official launch of the Touch here in the UK? All in all though, Lou, do you favour the Touch over the 3rd gen? I skipped straight from the 2nd gen to the Touch, so have never used the 3rd gen Kindle. Am wondering now, though, whether to try and sell the Touch on eBay and just get the 3rd gen (battery status, page-turning button and all that!). One thing's for sure, I won't be opting for the £89 new UK Kindle which comes without 3G and has that annoying toggle button for typing in text! I honestly do feel that we're being treated like the poor relation here in the UK. Anyone who owns a Kindle is - has to be - Amazon loyal and it just seems that we're being short changed right now. I must admit to even being tempted to take a look at the Kobo in WHSmiths!
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RE: Kindle Touch - Does it work in the UK? Answers Here

(03 Dec 2011 03:15 PM)Lou Wrote:  One thing is for sure, the Kindle Touch is not everything it could have been. I know I would happily pay $20 more and have buttons as well as touch screen.

It's called a Kindle Keyboard, Lou! ---> Kindle Smile

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RE: Kindle Touch - Does it work in the UK? Answers Here

Ok guys I've reade through this thread and I beginning to think I'm an idiot (no laughing please) as I simply can't get my Touch to work in the UK.

I bought it in the US along with the bog standad Kindle & a Kindle Fire.

I registered both the Fire and the Kindle in the US and downloaded a load of books to them and both are working fine with the syncing thingumy.

Both are also working fine back here in the UK.

I did not register the Touch in the states as it was a late purchase as i had originally bought the Kindle thinking it could read books aloud only to discover I had bought the wrong one so I had no doubt that the Touch would work when I got it home and did not bother registering it in the states.

I've tried using it here in the UK and it simply does not want to work.

When I go to 'Menu' the only options I am getting are -:

Turn on/off wireless
Shop in Kindle store
Sync to furthest page read
Book description
Add bookmark
View notes & marks
Turn on text to speach

There is no option to access settings. Not even a greyed out option.

It will allow me to connect to my wifi network but on selecting shop in Kindle store it tells me as has been mentioned by other posters I must shop via the .co.uk site or alternatively kindle account must be registered at Amazon.com.

BTW my account is registered as a .com account as I have it that long a uk option was not available when I originally registered.

I have tried hooking the Touch up to my lap top but I am unable to register it as I unable access the serial number as I have no option via the on screen menu to access the 'settings' menu on the Touch.

Any suggestions as to how to resolve this impass because as things stand it will be going back to Asda as faulty before the 14 day money back promise expires next week.
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