How to register the Kindle 3G + wifi from Nepal

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How to register the Kindle 3G + wifi from Nepal

I recently ordered the new Kindle 3G + wifi from Harilo because (a) I'm addicted to the Kindle and (b) because my previous Kindle 3G wouldn't work in Nepal.  I assumed that since it has wifi it would automatically work anywhere with wifi.  Well, it does work with wifi but it doesn't register your kindle automatically like it did when I first turned it on in the U.S. with 3G.  I tried registering with my amazon.com account email but it kept saying "Your kindle is unable to connect at this time".



I just got off a 20 min phone with a support person at Amazon and finally figured it out.  It's a simple procedure but it's not very intuitive so here it is.  Hopefully it will save someone else the 1 hour of my life that I wasted.

Step 1: Turn on the Kindle and "Home" > "Menu" > "Settings"
Step 2: Note the "Serial Number" on the bottom
Step 3: From your computer (NOT the Kindle) go to http://amazon.com
Step 4: Register your Kindle using the Serial Number from Step 2
Step 5: On your Kindle "Home" > "Menu" > "Wi-Fi" > Add your wifi
Step 6: Test your wifi works by "Home" > "Menu" > "Experimental" > "Web"
Step 7: QUICKLY press "Home" > "Menu" > "Sync and Check for Items"

If you don't do Step 7 quickly the "Sync and Check" option is grayed out.  Once all this is done you should see your name on the top left of the Kindle meaning your Kindle is now registered and you can now start using it normally.

Note: Press "Home" and then type "date" and hit enter.  If it shows the incorrect date that's a sign that the Sync didn't work.
bikalpapaudel bikalpapaudel
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Hi there! I was contemplating getting a Kindle, since it's pretty affordable right now. However, I have hit a hurdle or something.

Thing is, I have the Kindle app on my iPod Touch and my Mac, and today I tried wanted to download some free books just to see what it all was like. Unfortunately, even the free non copyrighted books required payments (2$) for pushing the books from Amazon to those client Apps (Whispernet).

That was because my address was set to Nepal. I changed it to some arbitrary US address and managed to download a few books in a row. 7 or 8 of them, after which it barred me from downloading anymore, saying the country I set and the place from where the downloads were being done did not match (found out be resolving IP, etc).

What I want to know is, how you go about downloading books here. Also, there's like a ton of free stuff out there that would be a pretty big thing to miss out. Paying 2$ every time for something that's royalty free doesn't make sense either.

sthapit sthapit
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That's odd.  I've been using my Kindle and bought many books over wifi for many months from Nepal now and I have daily newspaper subscriptions and I haven't had any problems.
Kim Kim
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What my husband and I do is download the books from amazon.com to our computer, then transfer the books to our kindles. It is more time intensive, but it beats paying $2 extra per download.
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@sthapit
What have you set as your Amazon address? Still US or Nepal? And have you downloaded FREE books from the Kindle store?

Can you share your basic workflow around the Kindle?

@Kim
So Amazon doesn't charge you anything while downloading free stuff from it's Kindle store? Weird, since you're still downloading from Nepal. Or do you mean to say that you download those copyright free books from a 3rd party (tons of those too) in Kindle format and transfer it to your Kindle? If yes, how do you do that? Does the Kindle show up as a thumb drive when you connect it to a computer, freely allowing you to move files?

If the former were an option, I'd happily do that. Also, could you share what all you do with the Kindle here?

Sorry for all the 50 questions. Using these devices here is not as straightforward as the manufacturers and the reviews claim.
sthapit sthapit
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Re: How to register the Kindle 3G + wifi from Nepal

my address is set to the U.S.  i've also downloaded free books and games.

i don't have a workflow.  i just buy whatever book i want using over wifi and i have daily subscriptions to the wall street journal, international herald tribune, time magazine, businessweek, techcrunch, fastcompany and a few more.  never had any problems.
Kim Kim
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my answers are below:
So Amazon doesn't charge you anything while downloading free stuff from it's Kindle store?
---No. If your address is set to the US, you should not be charged $2 extra
Or do you mean to say that you download those copyright free books from a 3rd party (tons of those too) in Kindle format and transfer it to your Kindle?
---I have never downloaded any material from a third party. I don't trust those sites.
 If yes, how do you do that?
---I have never seen a need to download from Gutenberg books (for example) as all the books I want are on Amazon.
 Does the Kindle show up as a thumb drive when you connect it to a computer, freely allowing you to move files?
---Yes, I open the kindle (it shows up as F: drive) and drag the books to the kindle.

If the former were an option, I'd happily do that. Also, could you share what all you do with the Kindle here?
---I use it to read books - that's it! :)
bikalpapaudel bikalpapaudel
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^^ Thanks for your input.

1. "No. If your address is set to the US, you should not be charged $2 extra "
Yeah, I wasn't. Until they decided that I wasn't downloading from US and barred me from any further downloads. Now have two options - either put Nepal as address and pay 2$ every time, or provide proof that I am eligible for the US store.

As for you, maybe it's because you have downloaded stuff from US Kindle store in the past when you were physically in US, so Amazon thinks you are eligible for the US store. My account has been used from no other place than Nepal.

2. "I have never downloaded any material from a third party. I don't trust those sites. "
Amazon itself mentions various 3rd party sources, some of which are much larger than the Kindle store itself, for downloading free eBooks. http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=2245146011

One final question: 
What generation Kindle do you have? The latest Kindle 3 or a Kindle 2? I ask this because I don't see any option to download Kindle books from Amazon's Kindle Store to one's computer and then copy those to a  connected Kindle.

The only option I see (I have Nepal set as my location right now) is directly push the Kindle book to Kindle App on my MacBook or the Kindle app on my iPod Touch -- both requiring me to pay 2$. I do not see any option to download a separate Kindle book file to my computer that would enable me to transfer it to a Kindle via USB, 2$ or not.
Kim Kim
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We hope to offer Harilo customers a service to have their own U.S. Address soon! I think that would help you, would that be of interest to you? What proof did Amazon ask for?
To download books directly to my computer, I select "Transfer via computer" on the Deliver to: dropdown.
I have the older model of the kindle.
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This is the message they sent.

Amazon Email wrote
Dear Bikalpa Paudel,

I see that you attempted to purchase "Hollywood Nobody (Hollywood Nobody Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]" while in a different country than the United States listed on your Amazon account. Certain Kindle titles are not available everywhere. We are reaching out to you to ensure the best possible service for your account.

If you have moved to a different country, you can easily update your country for your Amazon account at www.Amazon.com/manageyourkindle

If this is not the case, and you would like to share information that you live in the United States, we can be reached by fax at 001-206-266-1838 from outside the US, or 206-266-1838 from within the US. Helpful information includes:
– Passport
– Military ID
– Permanent Resident Card
– Driver’s License
– Other state photo identity card


We want to assure you that we handle this information in a secure manner: these are dedicated fax lines, staffed in an area with limited employee access. The fax is never printed, just converted to an electronic image that is used to check the country, then the image is deleted.

Best regards,

Account Specialist
Amazon.com
Your feedback is helping us build Earth's Most Customer-Centric Company.
http://www.amazon.com/your-account
Since they have already been tipped off that my account is one doing illegitimate downloads and have barred me once, I don't think it would work? I don't know if a new account along with one of those own-US-address feature of yours would help either, since I would be downloading content from Nepalese IP from the start.

In any case, paying for that US address facility of yours would make getting those copyright-free eBooks for free a moot point. I can always download those free books in Kindle format to my computer from other legitimate sources and transfer it to the device. I was only looking for the added convenience of being able to download those books from the Kindle store on the Kindle itself over WiFi for free and be able to use it as a self-sufficient device, rather than worrying about managing it's files via a computer.

Thanks. :)
Buddy Buddy
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I am also planning to order the latest Kindle 3 to be used in Nepal. I am not sure whether I should go ahead or drop the idea as it is being reported through the comments that there are no free downloads available. Can anyone suggest me? I am in Norway now.
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Not sure what you mean by Kindle 3 - do you perhaps mean the Kindle 3G?  Else version 2 is the latest version of the Kindle at the moment.

As far as free downloads - there's lots of software that can convert free books for the Kindle.  The new Kindle can now also natively read pdf documents which I use a lot.
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@sthapit
The latest Kindle is, in fact, Kindle 3.

@Buddy
You can download many free (as in public domain) books in Kindle format from many other trustworthy sources to your computer and transfer them to your Kindle.
You may also download the free of cost books that are available from Amazon itself to your computer and transfer them to your Kindle.
You are not, however, guaranteed to be able to download any free material available from Amazon using a Kindle itself, from Nepal, using a Nepalese address with your Amazon account.
Carroll Carroll
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Know anyone willing to sell a kindle?

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Hi Sthapit. I am in a jam. I leave for India and US Feb 26th-not enough time I believe for Harilo to get me a kindle here in Nepal before my departure. I have just signed up for a chaplaincy course in the U.S we have over 12 books of required reading I need to purchase and read before it begins March 10th! I thought, wow wouldn't it be great if I could maybe find in the next week a kindle I could purchase and download the books I need so I can read while traveling. Do you know anyone who is selling a used kindle, or where I could purchase a kindle here in Nepal? Grateful if you have any advice on this. Or should I just buy an ipad then and can I download books onto it from Amazon? Thanks for your help with this. Shanti Carroll
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i have a kindle keyboard 3G (graphite, no ads) that's basically brand new if you want to buy for $189.  details and info on this model is at http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wireless-Reader-3G-Wifi-Graphite/dp/B002FQJT3Q 

it comes with original charger and cable but no box.  you can contact me at sthapit@harilo.com if you have any questions or want to buy it or want to inspect before buying.