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How to Get a Refund for an Accidental Kindle Book Purchase

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Most people don’t realize this, but Amazon allows you to get a refund for a Kindle book that you purchased, but wish you hadn’t. Instead of wasting time leaving a nasty review, why don’t you just get your money back?

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This might not have ever happened to you, but judging by the Amazon reviews we’ve seen, it must happen quite often. So don’t waste your time leaving a bad review, and punishing the publisher because you accidentally purchased the wrong book. Just get your money back.

Getting a Refund for a Book You Accidentally Purchased

So when can you get a refund for an accidental purchase? Amazon’s return policies page is very clear:

Books you purchase from the Kindle Store are eligible for return and refund if we receive your request within seven days of the date of purchase. Once a refund is issued, you’ll no longer have access to the book.

Before we begin, it’s worth noting that if you constantly read and then return books for a refund, eventually Amazon is probably going to catch on and suspend your account. Don’t abuse the system. Now that the disclaimer is out of the  way…

It couldn’t be easier to get your refund – just head to Your Account and go to the Manage Your Kindle section.

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Find the book you want to return in the list, and then see the Actions button on the right-hand side.

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Click the Return for Refund link.

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And then tell Amazon why you’re returning the book. You should probably be fair – don’t say there was offensive content if there wasn’t.

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Just click the Return for Refund button, and you’ll get your money back.

Note: we didn’t actually return this particular book for a refund, we were just using it as an example. Haven’t read the book either, so there’s no telling whether it’s good or not.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/20/13

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