Using Kindle in Kuwait
July 18, 2012 5 Comments
I asked my cousin to get me the new $79 Kindle, when he comes back from the States. I told him to buy the cheapest one, the one that’s sold for just $79. This version comes with ads, but I don’t mind, because they only appear on the screen saver or at the bottom of the home page, and never when I’m actually reading my book.
Now, I’m not new to Kindle. I got a second generation Kindle for my birthday 3-4 years ago, and I’ve been using it almost daily since then. That Kindle comes with a wireless connection, so you can buy books and update the software. But the wireless service never worked in Kuwait, and the book buying issue was somewhat sneaky (you’ve got to set up a new amazon account, with a US address, then buy credit vouchers from your regular account and claim it there… quite a lengthy process). Plus, I could never get the date right, because that too has to be done from the States.
So this time round, I made sure to ask my cousin to turn the Kindle on the minute he bought it, just so that it could get connected to wifi there, and sync the date\time. I told him not to bother with anything else like registration or sign in. Just turn the Kindle on for a minute, then turn it off. That’s all he did.
Now here’s the good news. When I got it in Kuwait, I was able to immediately connect it to my wireless router, enter the passport, register it, and even update the software. Now only that, but I could also download books from my old Kindle library (that literally takes 3 seconds to do). Obviously, I registered it to my other amazon account, the one with the US address and all.
I’m loving this new simplicity. The new Kindle is super easy to use and very practical. Plus, there’s always a wifi connection to get new books and stuff, so you’re never bored.
But I think I like reading on my old Kindle more. That ink there is soft grayish, where as it’s dark black on the new Kindle. Either way, I will still be using both.
So there you have it. There won’t be a problem in using your new Kindle in Kuwait.
Mark of 248am has a great review of the Kindle, you have to check out his review too [link].