(Edited on May 22)
We don't order directly through Amazon; we are able to get books shipped to us through the mail pouch at my husband's office. I have other friends, however, who regularly order through Amazon and pay to have their books delivered to them directly via DHL. It's important to keep orders under $100, though--that's how you avoid customs fees and delays.
As for a Kindle, I am a bit wary of how easily they break... Katya isn't exactly the most responsible nine-year-old... She does plan to buy one this summer, though. She has been saving her money and we'll go in on it 50/50 when in the States. She really enjoys borrowing her dad's!
Last Monday when Natalia was so engrossed in her reading, she limited herself to one more chapter so that she would still be able to read the book on the school camping trip this week. I wanted her to charge forward in her reading, not hold herself back because this was the only book she had left in the series—the only series that has ever made her really want to read.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the room, Katya has created a sleuthing corner devoted to everything Nancy Drew. She has read every book in the series, many which used to be mine, even the modern books. She carries a sleuth kit that she put together based on what she has read. She then discovered the Hardy Boys, in particular the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew combined stories... But she finished the three I had in Moscow...
So... I got on Amazon and ordered them both some books, hoping they might make it here in time for the school trip. And they did! Amazon ships to Moscow via DHL and the shipping isn't as outrageous as you'd fear—but we're able to occasionally get books included in the mail pouch through Chris's office, so we've never had anything shipped to us directly.
Having lived here in 1991, when the only way I could communicate with "The West" was to wait in long lines at the Central Telegraph Office and send a fax—or pre-order an international phone call I couldn't afford, I still can't quite grasp how the internet has drastically changed the lives of everyone, both Russians and expats. There wasn't any internet access where we were staying in the countryside last week for me to have used my computer —but I was able to access Amazon through my phone and place the order that way!
It was like Christmas morning here last night! Little do the girls know that I hid a few of the books from them, saving them for the next flight to the USA and for Katya's three-week trip with school in June...