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How to Return a Kindle Book on Amazon

How to Return a Kindle Book on Amazon

While the feel and smell of a physical book can’t be matched by an eBook, one can’t argue the convenience of storing and reading a plethora of ebooks on your Kindle account. After all, Kindle books won’t take up space in your house, it’ll stay on your device. But what if you purchase the wrong Kindle book from Amazon? Can you return it and get a refund? Accidental purchases can happen with ebooks as well. Fortunately, it is possible to return a Kindle book.

If you’re wondering how to return Kindle Books on Amazon, follow this guide.

What is Amazon’s Return Policy For Kindle Books?

For Kindle books, Amazon’s return policy states that you can return them for a refund within seven days of purchase. However, there is a catch. You can only return books that you’ve read less than 10% of. If you wish to return a Kindle book after reading more than that, you need to send a customer service request.

Be careful, though. If you return books too frequently, Amazon may remove the refund option from your account or even terminate your account. It’s best to buy the books that you want and use the refund option for any accidental purchases.

How to Return a Kindle Book Purchased From Amazon

In case you made a wrong purchase but realized your mistake, you can easily fix it by canceling the order. You don’t have to be stuck with the wrong book if you’re still on the purchase confirmation screen.

Simply go to that order and select the Purchase by accident? Cancel order button. This action will remove that ebook from your library, and you will receive a full refund. However, if you don’t see an option to cancel the order, you can still return the book following the steps mentioned below:

  1. Open the Amazon website and log into your account.
  2. Click on the Account & Lists option and select Orders.
    Amazon orders
  3. Select Digital Orders and choose the book you want to return.
    Amazon Digital orders
  4. Click on the Return for a refund button.
    Amazon Return for refund button
  5. Give the reason why you want to return the book.

You can return pretty much any Kindle Book that you purchased on the platform as long as you haven’t read it more than 10% and it’s within the seven-day return time frame.

How to Return Books on Kindle Unlimited

If a wrong purchase isn’t the problem, Kindle Unlimited plan’s limitation might be. If you have a Kindle Unlimted subscription, you can borrow 20 titles at the same time. That means you’ll need to return books to get new ones if you’ve reached the limit. Let’s see how you can do that.

  1. Go to the official Amazon website and sign in to your account.
  2. Click on the Account & Lists option and select Your Content & Devices.
    Amazon content and device
  3. Find the book in the list and click the Return item/Return this book button.
    Amazon Return Item button

Even though Amazon might not be adding books every day, the library is slowly growing. And there will always be something new to discover and read. You can use this method to return the books that you no longer need and get new ones to fully take advantage of your Kindle Unlimted subscription. 

However, consider canceling your Kindle Unlimited subscription if you aren’t happy with it. 

How to Return a Borrowed Kindle Book

One of the best things about Kindle is you can borrow eBooks on the platform. Once you are done reading a Kindle book that you borrowed from a friend or family, you can delete it from your library.

The process of deleting a borrowed Kindle book is pretty simple. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Sign in to your account on the official Amazon website.
  2. Click on the Accounts & Lists tab and select Content and Devices.
    Amazon content and device
  3. Select the book you want to return and click on the Actions/More actions button.
    Amazon borrowed books
  4. Click on the Delete option.
    Amazon Delete eBook

The book that you borrowed will be gone from your library. Whether you borrow from a friend, a public library, or the Kindle Unlimited service, the process of returning borrowed books will always be the same.

How to Return Books from Kindle

Unfortunately, you can’t return books from Kindle eReaders. You must use your phone or PC for this purpose. Sign into your account on the official Amazon website on your device and use the suitable method mentioned above to return an eBook.

However, if you want to return books from your Kindle device only, you can use your Kindle device’s web browser to access Amazon. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On the home screen of your Kindle device, tap the three dots icon in the top-right corner to open a menu.
  2. Select Web Browser.
    Kindle Web browser option
  3. Open the official Amazon website and log into your account.

You can use the methods mentioned above to return an eBook. The process of returning books from your Kindle device will be the same. Returning the books makes it much easier for you to clear your Kindle device if you’re planning to sell it. Moreover, if you’re looking for a better device to read your eBooks, check out our guide about the best Kindle alternatives

What is Amazon Prime Reading?

The only thing better than a book is a free book. Prime Reading is a fantastic feature of Amazon Prime subscription. And the best part is, you don’t even have to own a Kindle to use it. You can just download the Kindle app on your device.

You can get the app on your Kindle Fire tablet or download it from the App Store or Play Store. But you can also use the Amazon Cloud Reader web app. It’s a wonderful way to get access to an online library.

You can check out many books and magazines and read them whenever you want. But after you’ve reached the 20-book limit, you have to return one to get another.

Building Your Personal Kindle Library

Getting an eBook on Kindle is great if you like reading books. But if you brought a book thinking it would be great but turned out bad or accidentally purchased a Kindle book, you can easily return it and get a full refund using the methods mentioned in this post.

Have you ever returned a Kindle book? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments section below.

FAQs

1. Can we return Amazon Kindle books?

A. For Kindle books, Amazon’s return policy states that you can return books for a refund within seven days of purchase. However, you can only return books that you’ve read less than 10% of. If you wish to return a Kindle book after reading more than 10% of it, you need to send a customer service request.

2. How do I return Amazon Prime Kindle books?

A. To return Amazon Prime Kindle books, go to Your Orders > Digital Orders > Return for Refund button next to the book you want to return > select the reason you want to return it and hit the Return for Refund button.

3. Do you have to return Kindle books to the library?

A. Yes. You have to return Kindle books to the library before their due date. Library books read on Kindle are automatically returned, and you will not be charged late fees. If the book isn’t automatically returned, you can go to Amazon’s official website and manage all your library eBooks. 

4. Can I get a refund on my Kindle Unlimited?

A. You won’t get a refund for any membership payments you’ve already paid if you decide to discontinue your Kindle Unlimited subscription. The titles you have chosen from the program will get removed from your account, devices, and applications when you cancel your subscription.

5. Are Kindle Unlimited books permanent?

A. There isn’t a deadline for returning the books to Kindle Unlimited. You can store up to 20 ebooks in your library. Return one of your current borrowed books if you want to read another book when you reach the borrowing limit. The ebooks are still yours to keep until the end of your subscription period even if you canceled your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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2 thoughts on “How to Return a Kindle Book on Amazon”

Robert Eby says:
When I go to return it they want me to phone in and have stated that ebooks are nonrefundable.
Craig says:
that’s fine, but how do you return a library book when you’re done with it?

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Ronil Thakkar

Jul 11, 2023

Ronil is a Computer Engineer graduate who has a knack for writing about consumer technology. He has been covering news and guides about consumer electronics for around three years. His work has appeared on esteemed publications such as MakeUseOf, 91Mobiles, FossBytes, and Greenbot.

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