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#51 masuk

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Posted 2012-05-12 09:34:00

I bought a 'normal' Kindle in Australia, and it came with cables, charging plugs and a DVD with a couple of 1000 of the good old classics, novels, biographies, such as Kipling, Stevenson, CS Lewis, Mark Twain, A Clarke and on and on.. These are also obtainable from Gutenberg on the internet.

I pre-loaded mine with 1300 books, and have 1280 to go!

New books from Amazon are sometimes free, sometimes 99cents and my most recent book, a best seller, was $9.90.

#52 Rinrada

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Posted 2012-05-12 13:08:14

Bought mines at Heathrow airport about 2 years ago for about 128 quid and going strong.

In Bangkok easy instant downloads with 3 g while up in Chiang Mai I can usually get them with edge.

Just finished another Vinnie Calvino but would probably be easier just to go to his bar in Washington sq...oops now its gone...

#53 StevieH

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Posted 2012-10-02 13:06:01

anybody know of a tech specialist in chiang mai who can repair / troubleshoot kindles as yet please? mine's gone haywire today and it's immensely annoying.

#54 harrry

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Posted 2012-10-02 13:52:45

anybody know of a tech specialist in chiang mai who can repair / troubleshoot kindles as yet please? mine's gone haywire today and it's immensely annoying.

I do not know anyone who can repair but have you tried turning it right off then on again.. To turn it right off move the off switch to off and hold it for about 5 seconds before releasing.
If your kindle is under warantee and you had it delivered here from amazon they will send you a new one and you just have to pay to send the old one back to them or destroy it if they ask you to do that.
If it is out of warantee they will replace it for about half price.

Edited by harrry, 2012-10-02 13:54:57.


#55 sante

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Posted 2012-10-02 21:55:51

Some comments on Amazon's excellent customer service:

I bought my Kindle, the least expensive model with advertisements, while still living in California and about 2 months before the warranty ended, the screen froze. I almost didn't call Amazon for a replacement, figuring they wouldn't ship to Thailand. But when I explained my relocation, customer service sent a new Kindle to Chiang Mai via DHL absolutely free--no import taxes--and I was able to download a shipping label for the damaged Kindle and drop off the package at Fedex. The entire process was cost free to me. And the new Kindle sent was the more expensive model without ads. So, it's probably a good idea to buy a Kindle directly from Amazon, just in case there are future problems.

#56 hellodolly

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Posted 2012-10-02 22:30:46

Some comments on Amazon's excellent customer service:

I bought my Kindle, the least expensive model with advertisements, while still living in California and about 2 months before the warranty ended, the screen froze. I almost didn't call Amazon for a replacement, figuring they wouldn't ship to Thailand. But when I explained my relocation, customer service sent a new Kindle to Chiang Mai via DHL absolutely free--no import taxes--and I was able to download a shipping label for the damaged Kindle and drop off the package at Fedex. The entire process was cost free to me. And the new Kindle sent was the more expensive model without ads. So, it's probably a good idea to buy a Kindle directly from Amazon, just in case there are future problems.


Agreed A friend of mine bought his from Amazon and had it delivered here a year ago. I think he went through the English branch of Amazon. To the best of my knowledge Amazon stands behind their product. It is a good quality product and there is not enough of them having problems to have to make it difficult. Besides they want you to keep buying their books. Or subscribing to newspapers and Magazine's.

#57 LawrenceChee

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Posted 2012-10-03 05:55:32

buy direct from amazon...I have had 3 kindles through their improvements and the initial investment for the functionality beats any IPAD.

They stand by their products, their after service great and they always replace anything damaged at their costs...I have used them for orders once every month to send stuff to me globally and they have never disappointed me over the last 6 years...

the ipad simply cannot do what the kindle can...read with no strain...and the kindle will never do what the ipad can...so I have ipod touch !

#58 LarryBird

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Posted 2012-10-03 08:54:35

Anybody else itching to get the Amazon PaperWhite?

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Posted 2012-10-03 09:37:40

Well I lost my Kindle touch a little while back so it's probably on the market.

#60 StevieH

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Posted 2012-10-03 09:54:07

Some comments on Amazon's excellent customer service:

I bought my Kindle, the least expensive model with advertisements, while still living in California and about 2 months before the warranty ended, the screen froze. I almost didn't call Amazon for a replacement, figuring they wouldn't ship to Thailand. But when I explained my relocation, customer service sent a new Kindle to Chiang Mai via DHL absolutely free--no import taxes--and I was able to download a shipping label for the damaged Kindle and drop off the package at Fedex. The entire process was cost free to me. And the new Kindle sent was the more expensive model without ads. So, it's probably a good idea to buy a Kindle directly from Amazon, just in case there are future problems.


yeah seems like i'm going to have to go this route - did an interactive chat session with amazon's customer service last night but to no avail. my kindle is out of warranty so they're offering me discount off an upgrade model for sending the faulty one back to them. pretty good offer but still a pain in the arse being without a kindle for a few weeks. not the end of the world of course, but still.

#61 Konini

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Posted 2012-10-03 23:04:01

iPad sucks as an e-reader. It's fun for the kids to play Fruit Ninja, and... ... and that's it.

> if buying from online, there is heavy tax from amazon.

No, there isn't. There is a reasonable tax & duty from the Thai customs department, but if you use a non-scammy, non-worthless courier company then this isn't a huge issue. (i.e.: don't use Fed-Ex) I actually use regular registered mail wherever possible, as mentioned above.

I agree completely - the tablets are nice for reading magazines, but they are back-lit. The Kindle has no back light - you can read it in full sun and you need a light when it starts getting dark. It's the closest you can get to reading an actual book, and therefore very easy on the eyes (a day on the tablet will leave you with sore eyes). I bought a refurbished one from Amazon - a friend was coming to CM for holidays, so I had it delivered to his address and he stuck it in his suitcase. Check with friends and friends of friends if anyone knows anyone who is coming to Thailand for a holiday, doesn't have to be Chiang Mai, EMS (signed for) postage within Thailand would only be a couple of dollars for something so lightweight. I looked at the Kindle Fire, but went for the el-cheapo version and got an Android tablet for reading magazines/newspapers or watching video. Kindle is the most popular e-reader, so I would recommend it over others, but obviously it's the most popular for a reason - it really is the best. Even direct postage from overseas wouldn't be a lot because it is very lightweight. As for tax, I have had at least 12 individual small packages (some not so small, bigger than a shoe box) sent through the mail since the beginning of this year, most marked 'Gift - $10' and I've never had to pay tax.

#62 scottishjohn

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Posted 2012-10-07 20:17:03

You buy the Kindle online, direct from Amazon & it arrives in about one week. The B&N Nook is not available outside the U.S. and Sony do not sell their e-reader in Thailand and will not support/service one that is bought in another country. My Kindle is two years old & I use it daily to read newspapers, magazines and books. In this wet weather it is particularly convenient, as it is at all times. I have had no problems with carrying my Kindle all over the world & if you get the 3G + wi-fi model you can download items anywhere any time. The best thing I have bought in years.


I'm sorry to say that the two comments re SONY readers in Thailand are wrong; They recently repaired my PRS 600, bought in the UK and had the PRS-T1 on sale at their shop in Panthip in may 2012

#63 brommers

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Posted 2012-10-08 05:50:36


You buy the Kindle online, direct from Amazon & it arrives in about one week. The B&N Nook is not available outside the U.S. and Sony do not sell their e-reader in Thailand and will not support/service one that is bought in another country. My Kindle is two years old & I use it daily to read newspapers, magazines and books. In this wet weather it is particularly convenient, as it is at all times. I have had no problems with carrying my Kindle all over the world & if you get the 3G + wi-fi model you can download items anywhere any time. The best thing I have bought in years.


I'm sorry to say that the two comments re SONY readers in Thailand are wrong; They recently repaired my PRS 600, bought in the UK and had the PRS-T1 on sale at their shop in Panthip in may 2012


My information came directly from Sony Thailand in early 2011. If they have changed their attitude that is good but as far as I am concerned I am now a committed Kindle owner and have nothing but good experiences. Yesterday I received an automatic system uprade at no cost so now have new fonts to choose.

#64 Rinrada

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Posted 2012-11-02 22:53:30

Anyone got the new Kindle FIRE yet?...looks good

#65 hellodolly

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Posted 2012-11-02 23:36:45

Can any one tell me the difference between the Kindle Fire and the Amazon Paper White?
Are they e readers or a combination of e reader I pad?

#66 brommers

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Posted 2012-11-03 03:22:23

Can any one tell me the difference between the Kindle Fire and the Amazon Paper White?
Are they e readers or a combination of e reader I pad?


The Kindle Fire is a 7 inch tablet, so it is back-lit and runs an Amazon developed OS based on Android. The Paperwhite is an e-reader with a new version of the original e-ink technology. So they are two different animals.

#67 WinnieTheKhwai

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Posted 2012-11-03 04:02:08

Yes; it's maybe hard to describe in text, but looking at these for 3 seconds will immediately show you the difference. Suggest to find someone who has an e-ink reader. Regular tablets are all over airport plaza and the computer malls.

#68 Mekong Bob

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Posted 2012-11-03 06:51:06

I am very interested in seeing a checklist of features and specs for the new Apple Mini I-pad; Amazon's Kindle Fire; Microsoft's Surface; and Google's Nexus 7. Need help in making decision on mini-tablet. Chiang Mai prices and availability.

If my primary uses of mini-tablet (while away from my big desktop monitor) would be viewing tv programs via SlingBox; viewing downloaded sporting events; viewing downloaded movies; Googling; and e-mail . . . . . but not reading books, should I rule out the Kindle? Screen resolution very important to me.

Do all these tablets have multiple USB ports? What about an HDMI port?

#69 WinnieTheKhwai

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Posted 2012-11-03 07:40:46

I am very interested in seeing a checklist of features and specs for the new Apple Mini I-pad; Amazon's Kindle Fire; Microsoft's Surface; and Google's Nexus 7. Need help in making decision on mini-tablet. Chiang Mai prices and availability.


Nexus 7 is in Chiang Mai, I believe at just under 10K. iPad mini probably didna't arrive yet, but will cost more than 10K. Kindle Fire HD I haven't seen.

Comparisons are all over the mobile / gadget sites, eg:

http://www.digitalsp...d-compared.html

http://asia.cnet.com...hd-62219243.htm

http://www.pcmag.com...,2411313,00.asp

http://www.phonearen...parison_id35869

If my primary uses of mini-tablet (while away from my big desktop monitor) would be viewing tv programs via SlingBox; viewing downloaded sporting events; viewing downloaded movies; Googling; and e-mail . . . . . but not reading books, should I rule out the Kindle? Screen resolution very important to me.


Not really. You should rule out the e-ink readers for the above, but not the Kindle Fire HD which has a nice screen from what I've read. Screen wise it's important to note that the iPad mini has the old 4:3 ratio (more old-style TV size), the others have a 16:9 ratio, making for a narrower tablet (easier to carry) and it's more suted to watching 16:9 wide screen content, which is actually most content these days.

Do all these tablets have multiple USB ports? What about an HDMI port?


Check the specs. Apple always has been famous for not allowing USB ports or anything else that might make it feasible for people to skip using their iTunes gravy train. a HDMI adapter is available though; check the specs for the others.

#70 LawrenceChee

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Posted 2012-11-03 13:11:54

If you are reading and an avid one, invest in a kindle, I have 3 of their earlier versions and with the 3G one, you can donwload with no issues in most countries in Asia. With the wifi version, it works great and at $69 is a great investment for the size, weight and portability. I currently have the 3G one for more than 2 years and it is going strong.

If you have a little more spare cash, the kindle white is a great one as it has a backlight that is non-glaring and weighs marginally heavier. The small memory is not a problem at all...at 4GB with my 3G one, I am nowhere near capacity as I have about 200 books and space for another 2000 more.

If you enjoy movies etc and such, then consider the new kindle fire which spec for spec for someone has got good wifi speed can stream movies and TV series for free for $79 a year with the amazon prime membership. It comes with other perks etc that are useful for some.

The Kindle Spec is much better as a tablet and cheaper than the ipad but the ipad 4 and the ipad mini is just so pretty and well made, that's the edge apple has !

#71 tcris52

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Posted 2012-12-11 20:22:44

Not sure if this has been discussed, but B2S is apparently a Kindle dealer.

http://kindle-thailand.in.th/en/

However, the Kindle is 69 USD from Amazon and 4890 THB (about 150 USD) from B2S. I have to believe that the shipping and duty will not come to 80 USD if you buy direct from Amazon! It might be a chance to check them out, though, if B2S keeps them in stock.

#72 hellodolly

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Posted 2012-12-12 08:39:07

If yours is out of warranty and they give you a low price on a new one do they transfer all the books on the old one on to the new one or do you need to buy them again?

#73 StevieH

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Posted 2012-12-12 08:52:32

If yours is out of warranty and they give you a low price on a new one do they transfer all the books on the old one on to the new one or do you need to buy them again?


i presume that books bought officially through your amazon account should still be present in your account and transfer across easily enough. if they did not i'd be a bit pissed off and would be writing a nasty email to amazon.

ebooks you have not bought through amazon you can just copy and paste across from wherever you've got them stored/downloaded.

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Posted 2012-12-12 10:11:03

Just bought a new Kindle Paperwhite model. Sold my Kindle that I bought last year. Amazon is not shipping the new Paperwhite model outside the US yet, still trying to fulfill US demand. Had it shipped to a friend who carried it over. New model is well worth it.

#75 Rama

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Posted 2012-12-12 10:12:12

You transfer your books yourself to your new Kindle.





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