Using Kindle Overseas.

I keep seeing this question pop up, so let me take the liberty to address it. Can you use Kindle overseas? The answer is yes and no. Yes. if you plan to “load up” before you leave or download all your content with USB cable while overseas and no, if you plan to use wireless whispernet while there.

Quite frankly, the wireless whispernet technology is not available in international countries for various reasons. But that of course only limit your kindle usage if you are trying to get your content wirelessly while there.

You can, however, use the old USB – Kindle-Computer connection to get around the problem. All you need to do is get access to a computer while there and follow the procedure. You can also get your content from the Kindle Store or from other compatible sources. There is a lot of free content out there that conform to the format requirement and is not restricted by DRM rights…you just have to know where to look.

Perhaps an even smarter option is to “load” up before you leave. Get all the content you think you will be able to read depending on the amount of time you plan to stay. Of course if you plan to stay “forever,” that’s another story…After all, Kindle do hold up to 200 books and magazine in RAM…and that should hold you for quite a while.

Overseas Content
Everything I said so far is good as long you are planning to read content that’s accessible via Amazon…and from other compatible sources. There are a lot of Kindle support.



4 Responses

  1. Hi,
    I am abroad and I want to buy kindle books, download them to my computer and then upload them to my kindle 2 via USB. The problem is that, when I want to buy them at, the only option available is via wireless, therefore a message immediately appears saying that there are “geographical restrictions” for my kindle. Of course I can go to “my account” and change the options (for the delivery of the digital items) but first i need to buy them! How can I do it? Many thanks in advance,

    • Here’s Amazon’s response…

      If you’re outside the Whispernet service area (either within the United States or when traveling internationally), you can still buy content from the Kindle Store and access your Kindle items Archived on through your computer and transfer them via USB to your Kindle.

      Please note that, Whispernet (Wireless connectivity) service is currently available only in United States. So, I request you to purchase the Kindle content from your computer and download it to your Kindle with the help of the following steps:

      To connect Kindle to your computer, plug the larger end of the USB cable into an available USB port or a powered USB hub connected to your computer. Then connect the other end of the USB cable to the micro-USB port on your Kindle.

      To download items from

      1. visit the Manage Your Kindle page at

      2. locate your content in the “Your orders and individual charges” section.

      3. Then click on the “Download/Send to . . .” pull-down menu

      4. select “Computer.”

      After you’ve selected a Kindle book and downloaded the file to your computer, connect your Kindle to your computer using the USB cable and drag the file to the “documents” folder on your Kindle using your computer’s file browser.

      For more information, please consult the User’s Guide for your Kindle. You can download a copy and find additional instructions on our Help pages here:kindle support

      If you need further assistance, please contact customer support at 1-866-321-8851. You can also reach us via phone or e-mail through our Help pages here:

  2. This is the most useful “How to use Kindle overseas” information I have come across. Thank you for posting.

    I understand the technical part of content transfer better from reading your post. However, there are some details that you may kindly explain to me. They are regarding how to purchase it when you live in a foreign country.

    I hold a city bank visa card and live in Thailand. How can I purchase Kindle? Shall I have it sent to a US address and then forwarded to me? Will my credit card be accepted?

    From what I have learned, registering your account seems to be the most crucial step if you are to try to use Kindle overseas. Maybe you could shed more light on this.

    Thank a lot and all the best


    • You will only be able to use the card if it has a US address. You will also need a US address for registering the account. Once all of that is established the Kindle will be shipped to the US address, then you can have it forwarded to you.

      You will still be able to download content in Thailand, but not with the whispernet. You will have to use the USB cable and download it directly from the online account to the Kindle.

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