A Guide to eBook Shopping for the Kindle


When it comes to shopping for eBooks for your new Kindle, there are many more sources than the Amazon Store! Due to the wide range of file formats that the Kindle can read, you have a choice of where to shop – including a huge number of websites that stock eBooks for free!

Using The Amazon Kindle Store

The Kindle Store works in much the same way as the standard bookstore on Amazon. You can search for specific book titles and authors, browse bestseller lists, or look at the latest books according to category and genre.

You can then buy the title you’ve chosen using Amazon’s “1-click” service. If you’ve never used it before, Amazon will guide you through the setup so that future purchases can be made a lot more easily. Just select which device you want to send the book to (your Kindle or apps on other devices) and it’ll be delivered within 60 seconds!

If you’re shopping on your computer and are outside the 3G network with your Kindle then you won’t be able to receive the book immediately via Wireless. Instead, simply select the option to deliver it to your computer. You can then transfer it to your Kindle via USB at a later time.

Using The Kindle Internationally

The beauty of the Amazon Kindle is that you can use it to browse and buy a number of eBooks while you’re away on vacation. As long as you have a Kindle that supports the global 3G network, you’ll be able to access the Kindle store from 100 different countries and territories.

Shopping while you’re abroad is as easy as shopping at home. Just make sure you switch on your Kindle’s 3G connectivity and connect to the Amazon store as usual. Your details will have already been stored from previous purchases to make downloading as quick and easy as possible.

Returning eBooks

Just because eBooks are digital doesn’t mean you can’t return them! Thankfully the Amazon Kindle store has a 7 day returns policy. As long as you contact customer service within 7 days, they will refund your original purchase and you’ll no longer have access to that book on your Kindle.

Buying Kindle Books Outside Of The Kindle Store

You can buy books for the Kindle from a number of other locations, as long as you’re sure that your Kindle can read those files. At present, the latest generation of Kindle can read the following file types:

  • Kindle (AZW)
  • TXT
  • PDF
  • Audible
  • MP3
  • Unprotected MOBI
  • PRC
  • DOC
  • JPEG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • BMP through conversion

Getting eBooks For Free (Legally)

The good news is that there are a number of ways to legally get hold of free eBooks to read on your Kindle! The Kindle store, for a start, has a whole section of free eBooks for you to choose from, and this is one of the easiest ways of downloading them.

There are also a number of third party websites, such as Project Gutenberg, that list free eBooks for you to download legally. You can download them to your computer and copy them over to the Kindle either through the USB connection or using your Kindle email address to transfer it over a wireless connection.

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