I posted my questions at Amazon and here's what they replied
Q: I want to buy my Kindle here in the states but want to use it on my sailboat in the Bahamas
. I usually have good wireless connections. Will I be able to buy Kindle books while down there through the computer and upload them to the Kindle?
A: The Whispernet will probably not work but you can buy books on your computer and transfer them to your Kindle with the USB cable.
Q: Also will I be able to upload books from other sites such as libraries?
A: Technically, yes. Of course, it depends on what format the library books are in and if they are compatible with the Kindle.
In reply to an earlier post
on Sep 30, 2008 1:52 PM PDT
Leslie H. Nicoll
says: Q: If one is out of the US can one buy a book thru internet (PC) and then pass it to the Kindle with USB??
A: The short answer is Yes. This assumes you have a Kindle and a valid Amazon.com account with a US credit card and billing address. My understanding is that you cannot purchase
Kindle content without a Kindle registered to your account. Likewise, you cannot purchase a Kindle from Amazon if you are not in the US. You could, theoretically, buy a Kindle from eBay, or have a US-based friend buy and send you a Kindle. But without a US address, you still wouldn't be able to buy content for your Kindle from Amazon.
Unfortunately, I haven't convinced the cap'n that this is a necessary device but I'm still trying. I am a voracious reader and find most of the books at book swaps not to my taste. Believe me I've ended up reading a lot of books I never thought I would.