unjapanologist: (fetchez la vache)
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So Amazon is now selling the Kindle in Japan, meaning they also have a Kindle store. I might be tempted to think this would enable Kindle-owning me to buy e-books from the Japanese Kindle store, seeing as I live in Japan and already have an account on amazon.co.jp to buy print books.

Haha. Here's what happens when someone with a Kindle bought in Belgium tries to buy a Kindle book from amazon.co.jp. In short, in order to purchase Kindle books from amazon.co.jp, you first have to accept losing a bunch of stuff you already paid for.

Now I'm suddenly glad that Amazon never allowed me to buy video or music from them in the first place. (Video and music is all region-locked too. Not that I haven't tried to get at it, being a generally law-abiding person who prefers to pay for their entertainment, but no luck getting around that particular wall so far.) In the wake of the saga of that person whose Kindle was wiped without explanation, one might almost think that "buying" something from Amazon really means "licensing" it, even though the buttons on the site clearly say "Buy with 1-click". Oh wait, it really does mean licensing. I still don't feel compelled to stop ripping the DRM off every e-book I buy and saving personal copies just in case.

And yes, I still haven't managed to tear myself away from Amazon. It's simply impossible to find e-books elsewhere for many of the kind of academic books I need - other stores either don't have them or don't allow non-US customers to buy them.
Date: 2012-10-30 08:43 pm (UTC)

agnieszkas: (Default)
From: [personal profile] agnieszkas
This is what I really don't understand. In Poland a store or a company are not allowed to state anything that is untrue and can be proven as untrue, I was convinced that US has it the same way. It still confuses me how they are allowed to write "Buy" if it's not buying at all... :/
Date: 2012-10-31 12:28 am (UTC)

anatsuno: a women reads, skeptically (drawing by Kate Beaton) (Default)
From: [personal profile] anatsuno
I think it's because technically a license is a thing you buy? Though who knows. I wish their language was clearer and more honest too. :(
Date: 2012-10-31 06:54 am (UTC)

ljlee: why not? (conch)
From: [personal profile] ljlee
I've switched to Kobo after Kindle for Android wiped my sideloaded Gutenberg ebooks along with all my notes and highlights. It's not for everyone since the store selection is smaller than the Kindle store, but I use my phone for pleasure reading so the selection isn't as important there. Plus I can download free ebooks directly without having to mess around with data connections and file formats.

At the end of the day I just don't feel like giving Amazon any more of my money. Other than my Audible subscription, that is, but Audible has never treated me badly so I'll keep it for the time being.


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