Frequently Asked Kindle Questions: special Kindle International edition #1

This post is a special Kindle International edition of Frequently Asked Kindle Questions.  This first edition addresses people who currently have an earlier version of the Kindle (the Kindle 1Kindle 2 , or Kindle DX) and are in the USA.  For information about using the Kindle International abroad, see this later post.

Q. What’s the Kindle International?

A. Amazon has recently introduced a new Kindle (Amazon’s electronic book reader) that will be sold outside of the USA, and in some countries, be able to access a wireless network.  It is also called the K2I (I was pushing for KI, but people find that confusing with the K1:) ).

Q. How is it different from the previous Kindles?

A. It is essentially the same as the Kindle 2, except that it has a different modem (which is what allows it to communicate with a wireless network).

Q. I have an earlier model of the Kindle…how does this affect me?

A. Your Kindle 2, Kindle 1, or Kindle DX still work the same way they did before.   Basically, no change.

Q. But I’d heard there were new charges?

A. There are new charges, but they only affect the new device.   For example, there is a new charge when a U.S. customer downloads a Kindle store book wirelessly abroad…but the earlier models are not capable of doing that.

Q. What are those new charges?

A. The currently announced charges are: $1.99 to wirelessly download a Kindle book (either from the Kindle store or from your Archives); $1.99 to wirelessly download a single subscription item (magazine, newspaper, blog); $4.99 to get all of your subscriptions wirelessly for one week (instead of $1.99 for individual issues).  Sending personal items wirelessly to your Kindle is ninety-nine cents a megabyte (rounded up) instead of the fifteen cents a megabyte in the USA.

Q. Wow!  Can I avoid those charges?

A. Sure.  Instead of doing things wirelessly, use your computer and your USB cord to put items into your Kindle’s documents folder  That was free before, and it’s still free now.

Q. I’d be willing to pay those prices to get a new book wirelessly when I’m up in the Alps/Andes/on the Tube/ and so on.  Can I get a software update for my current Kindle 2?

A. Since the difference between the Kindle International and the K2 is a hardware difference, it can not be resolved by a software update.

Q. Can I send my Kindle to Amazon and get the other modem installed?

A. There has been no indication of that at this time.

Q. I’d really like to get the Kindle International.  Can I trade in my earlier Kindle?

A. Amazon does not have a direct trade-in policy, although you may be able to sell your earlier Kindle through them. 

Q. How much more does the Kindle International cost?

A. It’s twenty dollars more ($279) than the Kindle 2 US only edition ($259).

Q. $259? I just paid $299 for my Kindle.  Can I get cash back?

A. If your Kindle 2 was shipped between September 6 and October 6, you can get a $40 refund from Amazon Customer Service.  You can call them here: In the US:  1-866-321-8851;  Outside: 1-206-266-0927. 

Q. Will the Kindle 2 with just US access and the Kindle International have the same wireless access while in the United States?

A. No.  They use two different networks.  The K2 uses Sprint and the Kindle Internationaluses AT&T.  Presumably, one may be better than the other, depending on where you are.

Q. If I do decide to get the Kindle International, will I be able to read the books on it that I already bought for my Kindle?

A. Yes.  When you buy a book from the Kindle store, you usually get six “device licenses”.  That means you can put it on up to six different devices at the same time for one download price.  You’ll have access to your books from , or if you have wireless access, from the Kindle itself.

Q. Can I also read my subscriptions (magazines, newspapers, blogs) if I get a new Kindle International?

A. At time of writing, subscriptions only get one device license.   You can change where future issues go, but the back issues are only available to you on the old device.

Q. I like the bigger Kindle, the Kindle DX, better.  Did Amazon release an international version of that?

A. Not yet.  The Register reports  that Amazon spokesperson Drew Hardener has said that a Kindle DX will be for sale to the the UK in 2010, and presumably, that would be one with a similar modem to the 6 inch Kindle International just announced.

Have other questions about the Kindle International?  Feel free to ask!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

6 Responses to “Frequently Asked Kindle Questions: special Kindle International edition #1”

  1. Everest Trekking Says:

    Thanks this made for interesting reading. I seriously like your wordpress theme!

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Everest!

      You are the second person to mention liking the theme. 🙂 I can’t really take credit for it…I think it was the first one offered to me. I’m not a very visual person…

  2. Syl Says:

    hi, If purchasing a Kindle (Paperwhite or maybe Oasis) in the US (and living in the US), is there access to read books in FRENCH (fiction books, etc… in French)? thanks, Syl

  3. Syl Says:

    excellent! Merci 🙂

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