How To Buy Kindle in India – A Step by Step Guide

by Aman on March 15, 2012

The Definitive Guide on How To Buy Kindle in India

Buy Amazon Kindle in India

As most of you know I’m a book freak which means that there is a better chance of finding me curled up in bed with a book rather than a girl (and FYI before you go trashing about my reputation, yes I get offers for both). So naturally for a very long time, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of buying a Kindle for myself. The only problem was that when I wanted to buy the Amazon Kindle, it wasn’t available for shipping to India and now that when it is, I don’t have the money to buy it.

Ah, the pains of life, I tell you!

Nevertheless, the other day I received a call from one of my friends who asked me details on how to buy Kindle in India. And since I obviously have nothing better t do in life, I wrote this post to help other poor, lost souls who’re looking to buy the Amazon Kindle in India.

And if any of you loves this post, no need to say thanks. A simple Kindle will do!

What All Do I Need To Buy Kindle in India

Well, for starters you need a rich dad or an extremely loving husband. Or anyone rich for that matter! Anyways you get the drift of what I’m trying to say.

On a more serious and explanatory note, you need the following things to buy Kindle in India:

1. A Credit Card – To buy Kindle in India, any Indian or International Credit Card will do. Provided you’re not a regular defaulter like me, you should be good on this one. If you don’t have a credit card but have an HDFC band debit card, then you can use it to generate a Netsafe card online which you can then use to buy Kindle in India. (I’m not sure but I think ICICI also offers this facility now)

The Netsafe card is a one-time use virtual card which will draw funds from your bank account and is completely safe to use. I’ve used it myself before and can vouch for its safety.

2. An Account with Amazon.com – You need to register with Amazon and open an account to buy kindle in India. Don’t worry, it’s completely free to open one which makes it perfect for us Indians since we love to sign up for every free account on the planet.

3. A Delivery Address in India – If you’re not broke like me and have a residential address, then score one for you and you’re another point closer to buying the Amazon Kindle for yourself.

That’s it, all formalities done and dusted and you’re good to go and buy Kindle in India. Read on below as I detail all the steps you need to follow to buy Kindle in India.

Buy Kindle in India – Step 1

Click This Link to land on the Kindle Page on Amazon. As you can see, the country has been selected as India. Now Click Add to Cart

Step 1 - How To Buy Kindle in India

Amazon also offers detailed country specific information when it comes to buying and shipping the Kindle from them.

Shipping Amazon Kindle to India

Buy Kindle in India – Step 2

Once you click the Add to Cart button, you’ll see the below screen on Amazon stating that 1 item has been added to Cart. Now you can click the Proceed to Checkout button.

 

Step 2 - How To Buy Kindle in India

Update and Important Note: I would personally recommend that you buy a cover for your Kindle as well. If you scroll down to the comments section, you’ll see that one person actually broke his Kindle by accidentally sitting on it. A leather cover will also protect it against scratches and minor falls

Buy Kindle in India – Step 3

Once you click the Proceed to Checkout button, you’ll be taken to a new window which will ask you to log into your Amazon account. If you’ve already created an Amazon account, the sign in with that else you can create a new account like I’m going to do now.

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Buy Kindle in India – Step 4

Once you’ve done that, you’ll be redirected to an account creation page where you’ll be asked to register with your name, e-mail id and a password. After that Click on Create Account

Step 4 - How To Buy Kindle in India Buy Kindle in India – Step 5

In the next screen, enter the details of you address where you want the Kindle to be delivered. This can be the same as the billing address of your Credit Card or different (in which case you’ll be asked to enter your billing address separately). For simplicity sake, I’ve kept both of them same.

Step 5 - How To Buy Kindle in IndiaAfter you’ve entered all the details, click on Continue

Buy Kindle in India – Step 6

In step 6 of How to buy Kindle in India; you can select the type of shipping you want. Amazon offers 2 modes of shipping the Amazon Kindle to India, one being the normal international shipping which takes 8-16 days and the other being the priority international courier which ships in 2-4 days.

Step 6 - How To Buy Kindle in IndiaI’ll go with the Priority Shipping option just to get an idea of what the maximum cost of buying Kindle via Amazon is. Once you’ve chosen, click on the Continue Button

Buy Kindle in India – Step 7

In the next step, Amazon will ask you to enter your credit card details. Click on Add a new Card option and enter all the details

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Buy Kindle in India – Step 8

Add your Credit card details and click on Add Your Card. For security reasons, I’ve hidden the appropriate fields.

Step 8 - How To Buy Kindle in IndiaBuy Kindle in India – Step 9

Now your credit card is added and you’re one step closer to buying the Kindle in India via Amazon. Click on the Continue button which will take you the next screen where you can review your Amazon Kindle order before it gets shipped to India

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Buy Kindle in India – Step 10

Finally! We’re at the last step in this “definitive” guide to buying the Amazon Kindle in India directly from Amazon itself. Here you can review your order one final time before you hit the Place your Order button. The total order amount comes to $160.28 which is approximately INR 7400. Please note that this is with the higher shipping costs.

As you can see in the below screen, we’ve chosen priority shipping and the estimated delivery date is mentioned as March 20th, 2012 – March 22nd, 2012 (FYI, this post is written on March 15th, 2012)

Step 10 - How To Buy Kindle in India

During this review process, you can even change the shipping speed and go for the slower one which delivers the Amazon Kindle to India in 8-16 business days. As you can see in the screen below, I’ve changed the shipping speed and my overall price gets reduced to $149.19 which is roughly INR 6900.

Step 10 a - How To Buy Kindle in India However, the expected delivery date is now changed to March 28th, 2012 – April 9th, 2012.

So depending on how quickly you want to be holding the Kindle in your hands, choose the type of shipping accordingly.

Buy Kindle in India – Tracking Your Order

Another important point once you place your order is how to track it. Now Amazon is known for its legendary customer service and they make this tracking option for you a whole lot easier. You will get an e-mail from Amazon the minute your order is shipped and your credit card charged (FYI, Amazon does not charge your credit card till the time the order is shipped).

The e-mail will contain all shipping details including the AWB (airway bill number) and you can literally track your Kindle order as it moves from one country to another. I’ve also added a video on Kindle unboxing so you get a further idea what to do once your Kindle arrives.

Buy Kindle in India – What is the Amazon Kindle Price in India

So for those of you who got bored reading all the detailed instruction above, shame on you!  Nonetheless, I will oblige you by telling you once again how much the Amazon Kindle costs in India.

  1. Order from Amazon with Normal Shipping (Delivery in 8-16 days) – $149.19 or INR 6900
  2. Order from Amazon with Expedited Shipping (Delivery in 2-4 days) – $160.28 or INR 7400

Phew! My hands are hurting from all the screen captures and from writing this detailed post on how to buy Kindle in India. If you want more information, Click Here to visit the official Amazon Page on Kindle.

Update: Now that you’ve read this detailed guide on how to buy Kindle in India, you might want to read my in-depth post on the best Kindle accessories to buy in India

Update: The Amazon Kindle (basic version) is now available in India via Croma for Rs. 6999

{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

Deepak April 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Thankyou sirjee….very informative and exact guide….i ordered my Kindle as you suggested on 23rd and it was delivered to my home on 29th….i chose to go for the faster shipping option….thanks once again for this detailed explanation for buying kindle in india 🙂

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Aman April 2, 2012 at 6:32 am

Hi Deepak,

Glad to know that I could be of help to you…..Hope you’re having fun with your brand new kindle! I seriously am Jealous 😛

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Naveen Roy April 4, 2012 at 3:01 am

Cleanly written instructions!

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Aman April 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

Thanks Naveen and I sure hope this helped you 🙂

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Rohit Pahari April 6, 2012 at 5:21 am

Nice informative post. I am a book freak too and planning to buy a kindle pretty soon. Just that the international shipping prices are a huge letdown. Especially for a kanjoos like me, shelling out 1000 bucks just for shipping is a real pain in the a**. 😉
Sad thing is, even with the shipping price and taxes, this thing costs less than the Indian ebook readers. Why the heck should they price an ebook reader in the range of an entry-level smartphone is beyond me, seriously.

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Aman April 17, 2012 at 11:22 am

Hi Rohit,

Glad to know you liked the post. I still feel it’s not a bad deal to order the Kindle from Amazon even with all the shipping costs involved. It would definitely help if someone brought it over from the US but if not, this is still the safest and easiest way to buy the kindle in India.

Regarding the Indian ebook readers, I feel you cannot even compare any of them to the Kindle.

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aman April 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

hi Amandeep,
i wanna buy kindle but i’m not buying it becoz of no microsd support by kindle. what’s the best(n most affordable)alternate to kindle..

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Akshay Seth April 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Hi Aman,
Nice cool blog you have here. I am thinking of buying a kindle pretty soon. What are your opinions on buying it from other websites. For eg. Indiaplaza.in gives it for 5900 bucks-all included whereas homeshop18 charges Rs 6300. Wouldn’t these sites be a better option ?

Thanks

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Aman April 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Hi Akshay,

I would suggest that you do not go in for the above 2 options that you’ve mentioned. Indiaplaza.in has the same Kindle Wifi 6 inch reader at Rs 10000 (and not 5900 as you’ve mentioned). They order it themselves from Amazon and once it reaches them, ship it to you. It’s much better to order it yourself from Amazon and get it for much, much less.

As for Homeshop18, it’s currently out of stock but for 6900, they offer a sponsored version, which means that it gets shipped to someone in the US and then comes to India after 20 days. Why go in for the above options, when you can order it genuinely from Amazon itself and at a much lesser price!

Also, both these sites have a lot of negative reviews about their service (do a Google search and see for yourself).

My suggestion would be to order the Kindle directly from Amazon. It’s much safer, secure and the totally hassle-free

Hope this helps 🙂

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Akshay April 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Hey thanks for the advice ! After searching around a bit, i have come to the same opinion. What if i ask my MIT cousin to order a US Edition Kindle Touch( for 99$ instead of 139$) at his US address and get it along when he comes to Delhi. Will it work smoothly-the whispernet, the browser n everything ??

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Aman May 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Hi Akshay,

Sorry for the late reply. You can do that and I know of some people who’ve done that…However personally I wouldn’t recommend it. I know of a friend who did the same (got it through his sister)…after a few months there was a problem and he then had to send it back to his sister who then had to get it replaced which was indeed a huge hassle.

If you purchase the Kindle directly via Amazon, it comes in your name and with that the original warranty which means the Amazon folks give you more personalized attention! At least, that’s what I would suggest doing…

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Nishad May 5, 2012 at 8:44 am

Thanks for your great article. I think I’m buying one, but I need to know that once you order, does the device directly reach your doorstep without you having to ‘clear’ it from Indian authorities? Also, the bank takes care about converting INR to USD – you don’t have to pay any extra charges w. r. t. that – right?

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Aman May 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Hi Nishad,

You don’t need to worry about anything. While making the payment, you pay via your credit card and it’s automatically converted to Indian rupees based on the current exchange rate. It reaches your doorstep, no need to worry about customs since it’s all included in the cost.

Hope you really like your brand new Kindle 🙂

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Nishad May 6, 2012 at 5:39 am

Hi Aman,

Thanks a lot for your very helpful reply. I’m sorry I didn’t ask this before – would you recommend buying a Kindle from eBay.in? I think I’m going for Amazon, but I wish to have explored all the options.

Again, thanks for replying.

Thanks!

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Aman May 6, 2012 at 6:00 am

Hi Nishad,

Ebay is another option for buying the Kindle but then again, Ebay is nothing but a congregation of sellers. These sellers themselves order it from Amazon and then re-sell it to people here. So unless you’ve dealt with a seller before whom you trust (and who sells the Kindle now), I would suggest you to stay away….

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kaushik Reddy May 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Okay.. thanks but.. I already have a Kindle… how do I buy online digital books for my kindle ????

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Aman May 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Hi Kaushik,

Kindle books can be directly purchased via the Kindle Store and you can then load it onto your Kindle. To learn about all the features including this one, simply Click Here for the official Amazon Kindle Page…

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Manvi May 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Hi Aman,

Great informative post and explained in detail…Kudos for that….I’m looking to buy the Kindle Touch 3G instead….does Amazon ship that as well to India?

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Aman May 9, 2012 at 6:40 am

Hi Manvi,

Yes, Amazon does ship the Kindle Touch 3G to India now! In case you’re interested in the same, one of my friends has written a detailed post on how to buy the Kindle Touch 3G in India

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Naren Thilla May 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

This is a good and step by step guide for purchase. I have also posted comments on how to use Kindle Fire effectively from India.

Thought of sharing it: http://snarendran.blogspot.in/2012/05/using-kindle-fire-in-india.html

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Daisy katiyar May 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

hey thanks for putting so much effort. a really nice work done.
I am ordering one today itself.

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Aman May 19, 2012 at 6:50 am

Glad to know you liked the post 🙂

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Santosh May 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Hi Aman
Can we play games on kindle, is it recomended for kids around 8-10 years. I have my kids birthday coming next week not able to decide whether to buy a kindle or a tab /ipad…pls suggest.

Regards
Santosh

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Aman May 19, 2012 at 6:47 am

Hi Santosh,

For kids in the range of 8-10, the Kindle is a very good option. You can play games on the Kindle but don’t expect it to behave like a PS3. There are loads of free/paid games such as Sudoku/Minesweeper/word games etc that can be played on the Kindle.

Go in for an iPad only if you kid loves fancy stuff/plays games a lot/browsing the net/applications etc. Personally, I would recommend the Kindle since it will help develop the habit of reading which is something he’ll forever be grateful for.

You can check out the various other features of Kindle by Clicking Here and then make you decision. (However, if his/her birthday is next week, then you’ll have to order in the next few days if you want it delivered on time)

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Shaila May 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Hi Aman

This is really informative….i would like to gift this to my daugther who is very found of reading. I would like to know how do we buy books in India….from what info i have we need to have a US credit / debit card for buying online books. Moreover does this also have options of playing games like tab.

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Aman May 19, 2012 at 6:42 am

Hi Shaila,

I’ll try and answer your questions in depth.

1. You mentioned that your daughter is fond of reading – In that case a Kindle is the best option for her. Go in only for other tablets like iPad etc if your primary motive is playing games/surfing/applications etc. For reading purpose, the Kindle is (and should be) your only option.

2. How To Buy Books in India – You can use an Indian Credit card (Visa/Mastercard) to buy the books directly from the Amazon store(no net-banking allowed). Basically before you buy the Kindle you’ll need to create an account with Amazon so that they can store your shipping address etc. Now once the Kindle is delivered to you, you can login to your Amazon account and purchase Kindle books directly (they offer loads of free books as well as paid ones).

You can also use the Kindle as a USB drive and transfer existing ebooks from your laptop to the Kindle for free.

3. Playing Games on the Kindle – Yes, the Kindle supports games but basic ones (it’s not an android or a PS). Again you can download both free and paid games from the Kindle store. Since you’re buying this for your daughter (and I’m assuming she’s still a kid), there are loads of word games/minesweeper type games which she’ll enjoy.

For more details like the number of books that can be stored on the Kindle, charges for downloading Kindle books etc, you can visit the official Amazon page by Clicking Here

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Nishad May 21, 2012 at 4:58 am

Hello everyone,

FYI, the bank does charge some fees for converting INR to USD. In my case it amounted to around Rs. 300.

All in all, the total cost of getting a Kindle (non-touch) delivered to my doorstep – the quick delivery option – went to around Rs. 9000, or I think a bit more – don’t have the figures right now, sorry.

Would like to add that the delivery was alright and bang on time.

Cheers.

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Aman May 21, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thanks for adding up that info Nishad…I used my HDFC credit card and it was converted into INR at the current exchange rate so maybe they included the transaction fee in that….

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Aditya May 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Hi mate, first of all thanks a lot for this article. I have a few queries which I don’t think will be solved here through blog commenting. Would you be kind enough to give your Instant Message chat id(google/yahoo/msn) so that I could consult you on a few topics regarding buying Kindle?

Thanks a lot in advance

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Brian June 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I recently moved to India from the US and a few months after moving here accidentally sat on my Kindle 🙂 Needless to say, the Kindle broke. I want to order a replacement, but have had issues ordering things from the US with customs. About 2 months ago I ordered about $300 worth of clothes only to receive a letter from Indian Postal Customs stating that since the items are over Rs. 3000, I have to claim the items from their office in Santa Cruz, Mumbai. I live in Goa and just hopping to Mumbai isn’t easy. The following week another parcel arrived some clothes from another US store worth about $50, but I had to pay some sort of tax on it at the post office. After these incidents I decided not to order anything else from the US… but I really miss my Kindle. Just wondering if anybody else has had any sort of customs issue with ordering their Kindle.

Thanks.

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Aman June 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Hi Brian,

Sorry to hear about your Kindle…that’s one sure way of damaging it 😛

As far as I’m aware, Amazon takes care of all the customs issues and in fact there is a customs charge that is included in the Kindle price when it’s shipped to India (Read details here under shipping policy to India). Also if you read any of the above comments, you’ll find that no one had any sort of issues with customs. So go ahead and buy your Kindle 🙂

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Nalin June 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Thanks for the details, these have removed uncertainty and all doubts to buy Kindle.

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Aman June 7, 2012 at 6:53 am

Glad to know this post was useful for you Nalin. Hope you enjoy your Kindle 🙂

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Zain June 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Aditya I would like to add something.I bought my Kindle using my Debit Card and the conversion rate was fine.So even if u have a Intl’ Debit Card,you buy it from Amazon.Also,which site would you recommend to buy a screen guard.

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Aman June 15, 2012 at 9:06 am

Hi Zain,

Thanks for clarifying further on the conversion rate…I, too, didn’t have any problem while suing my HDFC bank credit card.

Regarding the screen guard for the Kindle, in my opinion it’s much better to buy the Kindle covers while purchasing your kindle

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varun June 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm

great post!!! when i entered my shipping address as ahmedabad, the site said that they do not ship here.

any idea how one can get the nook reader with glowlight in india? or when a kindle with similar tech launch?

i have lots and lots of pdfs(technical and non technical)papers which i need to read. will the kindle support them?

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Aman June 28, 2012 at 9:31 am

Hi Varun,

I just tried ordering a Kindle with a dummy address and put in Ahmedabad and it showed no error. I think, by mistake, you would not have entered the correct country or pincode and that’s why it gave an error. As far as I’m aware, Amazon ships to every city in India and shipping to Ahmedabad is not a problem at all…

As far as regarding the pdf’s; yes the Kindle does support the pdf format although you might have to adjust the font size slightly

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Gaurima June 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

hi Aman

your write up and writing style is very good.

thanks for 10/10 info

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Aman July 1, 2012 at 6:21 am

Thanks for the appreciation Gaurima 🙂

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N Shivhare July 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

is kindle dx avilable at gaffar market,nehru place .

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Aman September 26, 2012 at 5:50 am

It might be but there’s a huge chance of it being a grey market one and I would advice against it

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Brian July 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

Thanks to you, I got my new Kindle to replace the one I sat on 🙂 The only issue I had is that in Goa, DHL delivery is done by Blue Dart. Not sure how Blue Dart is in the rest of India, but in Goa, they have a skeletal staff and will only deliver in the main town and the surrounding areas, so I had to pick up my package at the local Blue Dart office. It was no biggie, but just something to keep in mind if any of your readers are from Goa. BTW, Amazon has launched an Indian e-commerce website called Junglee.com. It’s far from good, but hopefully soon it will be easier to get stuff in India.

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Aman September 26, 2012 at 5:52 am

Glad to know I could be of help, Brian 🙂

Also, Junglee is as of now only an aggregator of online shopping sites, which means they tell you which products are available at which shopping site and at what price…they only act as an intermediary and do not sell anything themselves (stupid FDI rule in India to blame for this)

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moona August 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

Can kindle fire be bought by the same steps suggested??

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Aman September 26, 2012 at 5:54 am

Hi Moona,

Kindle Fire is not available for shipment to India as of now from the Amazon site…You can check out all options by Clicking Here< /strong> at the official Amazon Kindle Page…

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shaan August 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm

what if the payment has to be done via Net Banking?
is that option available on Amazon?

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Aman September 26, 2012 at 5:56 am

Nope…you need a credit card!

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Sahil August 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

i have a friend in US and she isn’t coming back soon. can she order it as a gift with a shipping address of India? in that case, would it cost any less?

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Aditya August 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Try Grabmore ‘s website. I ordered my B&N Nook from their site and it reached me well before 10 days from USA !(not advertising 😉 )

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Amit September 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Can i shop from amazon using debit card of sbi -master card ?

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