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What Workarounds Do You Use to Buy E-books from Abroad?

By Edward Nawotka

Many countries don’t have robust e-book distribution platforms; some don’t have any at all. Take, for example, Singapore — discussed in today’s feature article — where a techno-savvy populous has thus far been forced to develop their own workarounds for buying books from the US and elsewhere. As Peter Schoppert notes in today’s piece:

As one could expect, there is some “routing around” the blockages. Encouraged by the technology editors of Singapore’s daily English newspaper, local technorati use gift cards, online concierge services and VPNs to spoof US physical and IP addresses so as to order Amazon Kindles and purchase e-books from Apple, in flagrant violation of their user agreements. (Hey, it’s better than piracy, no?)

Do you have a favorite workaround for buying books? How do you do it? What are your tips? And how would you like to see the situation change?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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One Comment

  1. Sulaiman
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    I do, but I am not telling you!

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