Thursday, December 24, 2009

Random House Kindle books added for international download - Update

Amazon announced today that Kindle owners around the world can finally download English-Language books by Random House that were previously available only to U.S. customers.  Okay, the international community got their Christmas gift, where's ours? LOL! Just kidding.

  They explain:
' Until now, Random House English-language books, such as Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol," were only available to Kindle customers living in the United States. Today, Amazon announced that it is adding to its international Kindle Stores books published by all of Random House's English-language publishing divisions.

These titles will be available in the Kindle Store for download in any area where Random House has the digital rights, such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

... Other popular English-language titles that are now available to download in any area where those digital rights are available include Danielle Steel's "A Good Woman" and Markus Zusak's "The Book Thief."

UPDATE - As of the morning of Dec 24, the programmers don't seem to have enabled the international buying feature yet on the Random House books, as reported by a UK and a Canadian person.  Give it a couple of days, or call Customer Service at 866-321-8851 but it's a holiday for many.  They were replying to people today on the Stephen King book so are on duty but I'm leaving the house.  Good luck, all.  4:04pm on 12/24. Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
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  1. If Random House really wanted to call our attention to this move -- and gain some good will -- they'd make a few of their best ebooks available free for a week to Kindle owners.

  2. Tutu,
    Certainly a good idea to give a discount. But the prices are a bit lower than usual.

    Ah, well. Write to to make your suggestion. Who knows?

  3. How about Germany? I just checked for "The Book Thief" and "The Lost Symbol". Both are still not available for Europe ...

  4. Anonymous,
    I wish I knew, but UK and Canadian customers today do not see Lost Symbol enabled for them yet, though they are listed as eligible now to receive it in those countries for sure.

    So the programming seems delayed and behind the announcement. Because it's the holidays, maybe check once each day and then if it's not downloadable on the 26th, call Kindle Customer Svc at 866-321-8851 to ask about Germany specifically (and let them know the programming for UK and Canada even was not working on Thursday).

    Good luck!

  5. I am a 65 year old widow who likes to read before I got my Kindle in 12-08 I had stacksand stakes of books I had read. my hands would get tired holding books up. But with my Kindle I don't have that trouble. I think its the best thing since sliced bread. It was worth every penny I paid for it. I'd like to trade it in on the new modle. It's easy to use for older person.

  6. cditton,

    Sliced bread must have had quite an impact on people!

    While Amazon doesn't offer a trade-in feature they do have a 'Used' on each product area and you can sell an older model through that. I think Amazon gets 15% of the sale but I don't know as I haven't done it.

  7. In Australia, the Lost Symbol is available but The Book Thief still is not.


  8. Paul,
    Write to ask them why The Book Thief still isn't available in Australia although The Lost Symbol is.

    I'd be curious to know their response. I might call them to ask but not until tomorrow.


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