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iBooks availability in Singapore

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cutiephinphin Calculating status...
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Feb 13, 2011 9:26 PM
I'm from Singapore but currently residing in the US. I'm an avid reader and thought the ipad would be most suitable for my reading needs. I was contemplating on owning one when my sister from Singapore informed that she was unable to do any purchase of books through the iBooks online store.

My concern is that currently I am able to get my ebooks in the US but I won't be able to continue getting them when I return to Singapore.

I wonder if there are other apps I can consider or check out.
iphone 3G, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Angstrol Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Feb 14, 2011 12:38 AM (in response to cutiephinphin)
    Have you tried downloading and using the free Kindle Reader App for ipad? Then you can purchase your books from Amazon and read on the ipad. Amazon.com currently have a much larger library of books for sale than the iBookstore anyway. Plus with the kindle reader for Mac/PC you can read your purchase on your Mac/PC as well.
    Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)
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    Feb 14, 2011 5:40 AM (in response to cutiephinphin)
    In addition to Kindle, other apps are Nook and Googlebooks.
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • salescoach Calculating status...
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    Mar 15, 2012 7:32 PM (in response to cutiephinphin)

    As long as you have a US iTunes account you can still buy books from the store regardless of which country you are in physically. Just watch out for the fact that when in Singapore your browser or iTunes may automatically default to the local store based on where it believes you are. You can then re login to the US store.

     

    And while you are there, search for Profitable Leadership. 2 new free ibooks you amy enjoy.

     

    cheers

  • Singaporebrit Calculating status...
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    Apr 22, 2012 5:47 PM (in response to cutiephinphin)

    I just tried to download the Kindle App and it does not work, iBookstore only seems to have free books. What is Apple doing here? I am in Singapore. Any ideas?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:54 AM (in response to Singaporebrit)

    Apple publishes the list of stores which have paid books here:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3599

     

    Have you tried Nook, Kobo, or Googlbooks?

  • Cyberpundit Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 2:12 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    Tom Gewecke wrote:

     

    Apple publishes the list of stores which have paid books here:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3599

     

    Have you tried Nook, Kobo, or Googlbooks?

     

     

    Same problem here. But Kobo etc are all proprietary. When I buy a book, I want it to be available anywhere, anytime. Without the need for proprietary software or anything. With Kobo, I don't even know where the actual file is! It's encrypted and saved somewhere mysterious.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 2:52 AM (in response to Cyberpundit)

    Cyberpundit wrote:

     

    When I buy a book, I want it to be available anywhere, anytime. Without the need for proprietary software or anything.

     

    Then I think you need to buy a print version.  If you have complaints with the way the ebook market is currently structured, best to convey them directly to the publishers.

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