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Shelley

@timseb If you scroll up a bit you will come across a post from me starting with - Try Project Gutenberg.

 

Have a read of that post. There are hundreds of free ebooks, lots in traditional Chinese characters.

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timseb
11 minutes ago, Shelley said:

Have a read of that post. There are hundreds of free ebooks, lots in traditional Chinese characters.

 

Thanks, I saw that. The books I'm after are much more modern and the requests very specific since it's about specific books I have in my shelf. ☺️

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Geiko

Did you have a look at Haodoo? Books are not txt but ePub/mobi, but you can convert them.

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ZhangKaiRong

Has anyone tried purchasing books from Amazon.cn with a non-Chinese IP address recently? Back in 2014 when I bought a Kindle for my girlfriend, I linked my amazon.cn account to it, so we can read Chinese ebooks, but our account has been flagged by the customer service and was temporarily banned, the reason being that the Kindle's IP address was located in Europe and not in China. After some e-mail exchanges, my account has been unbanned, but to be on the safe side, going forward we only purchased books and connected the Kindle to WiFi when we were in China. This year all China-based trainings and business trips were cancelled due to Covid, so this also means that no new books in our library. Would it be safe to buy books now from Europe or would it cause any issues? Does the same apply for downloading books directly from amazon.cn and transferring it to Kindle?

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Luxi
27 minutes ago, ZhangKaiRong said:

purchasing books from Amazon.cn with a non-Chinese IP address recently?

 

The limitations are imposed to Amazon by the country/area that licenses them to sell Kindle ebooks in their area. Amazon has little choice, if caught breaking the rules they may stand to lose their license to sell Kindle books and devices in China. They're probably being more careful than ever now. They allow customers to temporarily buy from outside their residence country when travelling, but, as you noticed, in the current situation it'd be difficult to use that trick more than once. 

 

Some years ago, a Norwegian woman was banned from Amazon for life for doing just that (she was allowed back in months later, I think). I wouldn't risk it, but living in a rural area I am entirely dependent on an Amazon account.

 

There are alternatives to Amazon for ebooks, and you can still find plenty of txt or pdf to upload to your Kindle (don't take this for granted!!!). Besides which, Amazon.com also sells Chinese kindle ebooks now, Amazon.co.uk is starting too, prices used to be outrageous but lately I've seen a few more coming down to match local UK ebook prices. If you still want Chinese prices for Chinese ebooks, there are alternatives (see above) and if you can use a tablet to read, you may discover that the alternative readers that other ebook sellers give you are now easier and faster to use than Amazon's Kindle.

 

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jannesan
4 hours ago, ZhangKaiRong said:

Has anyone tried purchasing books from Amazon.cn with a non-Chinese IP address recently?

 

I have bought 4 books on amazon.cn over the past year, all from the Netherlands.

The account is not linked with a Kindle device, I download the books through an old Kindle for Mac client to circumvent DRM and then convert to epub.

So far it has all worked out for me.

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jiaojiao87

I haven't seen others recommend this, but I just use 微信读书.  If you haven't heard of it, it's kinda like a social version of Kindle Unlimited.  It's essentially free, as long as you have other friends using the app, or ridiculously cheap if you don't. You can also access and read books on your Kindle, which I enjoy using to read.  Selection of books is pretty decent, but not all-encompassing.

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Luxi

Amazon seems to be slowly but surely adding at least part of Amazon.cn Chinese ebooks stock to Amazon.com and other regional branches, including UK. It is work in progress and not very well organised yet, but the kindle eBooks are available to purchase and download legally. You may be able to find them searching by title in Chinese or by author, if chaotic transliterations allow --- for instance, Lao She may be listed as Se Lao, and several alternative variants, and hard to find as 老舍.

 

Alternatively, you may browse the Amazon.com Kindle store, which seems to be the better organised using any of these search terms:

 

Chinese eBooks / Chinese (Simplified) eBooks / Chinese (Traditional) eBooks

For instance, you get 400 pages searching for :

https://www.amazon.com/s?bbn=154606011&rh=n%3A133140011%2Cn%3A!133141011%2Cn%3A154606011%2Cp_n_feature_nine_browse-bin%3A18327576011&dc&fst=as%3Aoff&qid=1597088836&rnid=3291435011&ref=lp_154606011_nr_p_n_feature_nine_bro_4

 

The UK Kindle store gives 20 pages for the same search with lots of textbooks and all sorts of extraneous items listed where they shouldn't be, but it doesn't mean that the book you're after isn't there. If you have selected the Kindle ebook you want in Amazon.com, and you'll now get a link for that ebook in your regional Amazon in a message like this (not sure if this needs having a separate account for Amazon.com):

 

"Kindle titles are available for UK customers on Amazon.co.uk.
Continue shopping on the Kindle Store at Amazon.co.uk."

 

Prices are generally higher than prices for the same ebooks in China, but not as absurdly expensive as they used to be and they are now comparable to ebooks published in Europe or US (presumably the result of agreements between Amazon and Chinese publishers/authors).  There are some bargains too. I just bought 苏东坡全集 , all 1730 pages of it, for £0.99. Bargains are mainly on classics that are out of copyright and actually free online, but it's nice to have them in the kindle too.

 

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