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Buying RS Kindle books in Europe

I'm leaving in a couple weeks for my summer trip to Europe, and I'm wondering if I'll be able to buy and download two RS guidebooks that I'll need while there, Budapest and Eastern Europe (for Poland), both of which won't come out with the newest editions until June. I have the previous editions for planning in paperback, but I always buy the Kindle versions to travel with. Since I won't be in either country until July, I'd like to buy the latest editions while over there. Has anyone experienced any problems with buying Kindle books while in Europe? I would be buying them on my Ipad via wifi in my apartment.

Posted by
8569 posts

As long as you buy them on the U.S. Amazon site you should be okay. Or Amazon Canada if you are Canadian.

Posted by
566 posts

You might want to investigate VPN software (Virtual Private Networks). When we lived in Europe I could watch TV programs I had recorded on my DVR remotely and access my banking, credit card, etc sites as if I was home on my laptop or iPad.

Have fun!

Posted by
1030 posts

I paid for a kindle ebook while in London just the other day. Used my US amazon account and it downloaded fine to my e-reader.

Posted by
16764 posts

Just a warning that the Kindle version may not necessarily come out on the same date as the paper version, as it's a somewhat independent process. I see that Amazon doesn't have a similar "new edition" alert on their Kindle description for Budapest.

Posted by
7633 posts

I've done the same as Rocket - just went in thru my iPad Mini, accessed my Amazon account and did the download. I generally do it on hotel WIFI, probably wouldn't do it on wifi in a restaurant or bar but I'm not very tech-y so not sure if that's a problem or not.

On one tour I went on a couple of years ago both the guide and other tour members had some great suggestions for books on the area (it was actually with another company and we were in Brittany). I downloaded several of the suggestions and even was able to check out an ebook from my local library.

I do suggest you make sure you know your Amazon password. I think I had to put it in again so now I keep a cheat sheet with passwords for situations such as these.

Posted by
173 posts

Thanks to everyone for their replies!! I don't know why I didn't think about this before as a solution to my problem, but I just went on Amazon's website and pre-ordered the RS Kindle books I need, and they'll be automatically delivered to my Ipad on the days they're released. I don't have to worry about paying for them while I'm in Europe. And my Ipad is wifi-only so they won't download until I'm in my apartment. Should have thought about that first!!

Posted by
30932 posts

Hopefully the Kindle versions will be released while you're on holidays in Europe and not after you get home. It's possible that the new version won't differ substantially from the present version.

Posted by
622 posts

Hopefully the Kindle versions will be released while you're on
holidays in Europe and not after you get home.

I checked on Amazon. The Budapest 2019 book is scheduled for release on June 11, and the Eastern Europe book on June 25. I've preordered several Kindle books. They were always automatically downloaded to my Kindle (or the Kindle app on my iPad mini) on the release date stated. I suppose anything could happen, but when we're this close to a stated release date, based on my experience, I would expect the books to be sent to the OP's iPad on the stated release dates.

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I pre-ordered the new RS Vienna Kindle book, and it was delivered to my iPad this morning, on schedule as Amazon listed it. Hopefully the two other books I need will arrive on time as well!!