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An online bookstore for Indians

Amazon has India on its list of countries where transactions are barred. What that means is that Indians (or more appropriately residents of India) cannot buy books from Amazon.

Is there any place else, an online bookstore, where I can order books from?

Sathyaish Chakravarthy
Saturday, February 28, 2004

That settles it, God is an Iron!

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Did I miss something?

Sathyaish Chakravarthy
Saturday, February 28, 2004

Assuming Barnes and Noble doesn't impose a similar restriction, perhaps may be of some use.

Also, a quick look indicates O'Reilly sells directly from their site, which of course limits one to their titles (and a few others the carry), but that's still a lot:

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Thanks for your reply, MacSqueeb. O'rielly has distributors in and around Delhi, where I stay. They sell through Shroff Publishers and Distributors (SPD), so I don't find it difficult to acquire their titles.

But here, only Pearson Longman has some of the titles from Addison Wesley, Currencey Publishers and the like. We have very limited A-Press and Microsoft titles available in other book stores. Besides that, we have some Techmedia and SAMS publications too available at BPB bookstores.

So I was thinking of ordering online. Most of the books I want are not available anywhere in Delhi. Books like Hard Drive, Over Drive, How to Move Mount Fuji, About Face, the Inmates are running the Asylum, Show stopper (about the making of Windows NT) are just not available in India.

Sathyaish Chakravarthy
Saturday, February 28, 2004

Is it Indian government foreign exchange transactions that forbid you buying from Indai, or is it because of credit card fraud.

Are they just banning payments from Indai. or are they banning deliveries to India.

Are they just banning credit cards, or can you send them a cash advance?

Stephen Jones
Saturday, February 28, 2004

>> Most of the books I want are not available anywhere in Delhi. Books like Hard Drive, Over Drive, How to Move Mount Fuji, About Face, the Inmates are running the Asylum, Show stopper (about the making of Windows NT) are just not available in India.                       

hey that's a big problem. currently, india is not in the list of countries where Amazon delivery is available.

Currently, i came to USA on a short term trip. i desperately wanted to buy many of those you listed above when i was back in india. now, i already bought them and many of the books in the "Joel's Book recomendations" and some of the books floated around in this forum. most of them, i bought from the Amazon used books at very reasonable prices even as low as 4$.

Saturday, February 28, 2004

So Sathyaish what you need to do is set up a website in India where your countrymen can order these titles, get someone in the US to buy them off of Amazon and ship them over to you (or direct to your customers) and reap profits.  No?

Ken Klose
Sunday, February 29, 2004

Circumventing import restrictions? Sounds illegal.

But, eh, who cares? Indian jails are nice this time of year, I hear.

one meeeellion dollars!
Sunday, February 29, 2004

The police chief is a friend of my father and knows better than to throw well bred people in jail. He can use the old trick of not filing an FIR.

Monday, March 1, 2004


Monday, March 1, 2004

It's because India is one of the only nations that does not recognize International Copyright Laws. Hense, why its one of the biggest participants in the illegal software market!

Monday, March 1, 2004

I doubt if India's position on copyriight has anything to do with the matter in hand.

Refusing to sell legitimate copies is hardly likely to increase compliance with copyright law.

Many books are published in special Indian editions for the sub-contintent only, but the restrictions here apply to exporting them, not importing more expensive versions.

Stephen Jones
Tuesday, March 2, 2004

>Amazon has India on its list of countries where transactions are barred

I do not think that is quite true unless you consider only *yourself* to be the country. It is very easy with amazon to check what books are most ordered the most in any country and the fact that for India the most popular book shows up as...drumroll....Harry potter....

See the rest @

Code Monkey
Wednesday, March 3, 2004

If I recall correctly, I'd been to Amazon sometime during the last six months and all the books I ordered for were not being shipped to India. On following a link that explained why, I got to learn that currently Amazon was not shipping to India. There was a list of countries where it wasn't shipping.

Another search today, led me to similar results:

Microserfs Douglas Coupland;
$3.10 - Usually ships within 1-2 business days
Condition: used
*** We're sorry. This item can't be shipped to the country you selected. You can enter a different shipping address above, or you can remove the item from your order by changing its quantity to 0, then clicking the Update button. **

On browsing their help again, I discovered India was on the list of countries where they had shipping enabled.

But yet, when I order titles I am looking for, I get the same apologetic message saying they can't ship the item to India.

Sathyaish Chakravarthy
Thursday, March 4, 2004

Specifically, book were exluded from the items that were shipped to India. So in effect, people residing in India could order DVDs, tapes, CDs and stuff but not books.

Sathyaish Chakravarthy
Thursday, March 4, 2004

Amazon *does* deliver books to India. I can vouch for this, having ordered books from Amazon several times since January 2004 and having had them arrive with no problems.
There are other categories of items that are not shippable to India (electronics goods for example) but books most certainly can be delivered.

You might have tried ordering books that were not available from Amazon directly, but through an Amazon associate or partner (this is often the case for used books). In these cases the restrictions are imposed by the Amazon payments system (I have no idea why). Contacting the associate directly might help you here - associates will often ship to India if you can pay them through some means that doesn't involve Amazon.

In short, as long as the book is in stock with Amazon themselves delivery to India is not a problem.

Amazon customer in India
Friday, March 26, 2004

No, even DVDs are not sent to India. I tried ordering some Kubricks and Kurosawas but the order was declined saying ordering from India os prohbited. Interestingly, I have ordered DVDs from BFI and and the delivery was very prompt. In fact, it arrived in less than 2 weeks and I paid online by my card. Strange are the ways of Amazon!!!

Arindam Nandy
Thursday, June 24, 2004

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