If you’re looking for how to return a Kindle book, there’s a good chance you’ve bought a book that you now realize you don’t want to read. Or you’ve borrowed a title through Kindle Unlimited or Prime Reading and want to return it to stay under the borrowed book limit. This guide will show you how to do both.
Key points to remember:
- You can get your money back for accidental purchases from the Kindle Store as long as you request a refund within seven days.
- If you return books too frequently, Amazon may prevent you from returning books in the future or even terminate your Amazon account.
- Kindle Unlimited users can only borrow 20 titles at a time, so you will need to return the books to borrow new ones.
This guide will focus exclusively on the process of returning a Kindle book, so if you’re looking for more information on Amazon’s eBook subscription services, check out our Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited summaries, as well as our Prime vs Kindle Unlimited. Comparison.
If you can’t return a Kindle book, one of the following two things will happen. Either it has been more than seven days since you bought the title, or you have made refund requests too frequently and Amazon has blocked your ability to do so. If the latter is true, you will need to contact Amazon customer service to return your book.
Technically yes, but we don’t recommend it. Not only are you harming the author, but Amazon could also ban you from returning books (and potentially terminating your account) if they catch you. No one is sure exactly how many books you have to return to be banned, but from what we can tell, there is no appeal process once that happens.
How to Return a Kindle Book and Get a Refund
You can return a Kindle eBook to Amazon within seven days of purchase for a refund or an exchange. This is an automated process, but note that if you flip books frequently, you may not be able to do so at some point in the future. Presumably, this policy is intended to prevent abuse of the system by people who buy a book, read it in less than seven days, and then return it.
- Log into your Amazon account
Use a web browser to access the Amazon website. Click on the button at the top right that says “Hello, log in” and enter your email address and password.
- Go to the orders page
Hover over the same button you used to login that now display your name, and select “orders” from the drop-down menu. Then select “digital controls”.
- Find the book you want to return
Scroll through the list of orders until you find the book you want to return, then click the button that says “return for refund.”
- Indicate the reason you returned the book
A pop-up window will now open asking you to choose a reason why you are returning the book. Choose an option from the drop-down menu, then click “submit”. That’s it. Your refund request will now be processed and you should have the money in your account within three to five days.
How to Return Unlimited Kindle Books
Returning a Kindle Unlimited book is an even simpler process. The reason you might want to do this is that despite the name, Kindle Unlimited has a limit. You can only check out 20 titles at a time, so once you get close to that line you’ll want to render older books to free up space.
- Connect to Amazon
Use a web browser to access the Amazon website. Click the button that says “Hello, sign in” at the top right and enter your login details.
- Access your content and devices
The button you just used to log in should now display your name. Hover over it and select “content and devices. “
- Flip the book
Find the book in the title list and click the button that says “flip this book” on the right side.
If you have a Kindle device, you can also return your Kindle Unlimited books to it. It’s even faster, because all you have to do is long press the cover of the book you want to flip and select “return to Kindle Unlimited”.
Final Thoughts: Flip the Kindle Book
That’s it for our guide to Returning Kindle Books. Hopefully, now you have a clearer idea of how you can reverse an accidental purchase for a refund or return borrowed titles to stay under Kindle Unlimited limits.
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