How to Buy Amazon Kindle in India

Would you like to buy Amazon Kindle in India? I recently ordered a Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device and did you know they can quickly ship your Kindle to India and  hundreds of other countries, and manage the custom duties on imported goods also.

Buy Kindle in India

If you see their International Shipping rules – only books, music, DVD and VHS videos can be shipped to India. I visited the Kindle Page and was surprised to find new Shipping options for Kindle. I quickly spotted the  links on the right titled “Live Outside the US”  and pointed to  information specific to your country.

amazon outside USA

Upon clicking it., I instantly got options to visit a separate page to order Kindle in India.

amazon kindle in india

Only Graphite Kindle for India?

But as I went looking for a White Kindle on the India specific page, Amazon would show me options for  a Graphite Kindle only. I sent in emails to Amazon support as to why White Kindle was not available in India. They informed White Kindle is available with US adaptor (and USB cable), while the Graphite Kindle for International delivery ships with a USB cable only for charging the Kindle.

kindle india adaptor

It further prompted me to buy a local power adapter with $10 discount. Upon much browsing, I found a link where I could buy the White Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi and get it for India delivery (with a US adaptor of course, but it also had a USB cable). The site mentions the US adapter is 100-240V, so will work in India, if I grab a cheap international plug adapter. At least that allows me option to charge via a power source besides my computer. There are also many cheap USB power chargers which can do the trick.

White Kindle or Graphite Kindle?

I was confused to buy a White Kindle or Graphite Kindle,  and there seems to be ample discussion on this online. Graphite is the new color, and blends in the dark, while Mac addicts like the White Kindle better.

Anyway I chose Graphite Kindle finally as it is supposed to have better contrast, and seems to be the preference of many Kindle 3 latest generation users. I like the color over white so I chose it (remember the color is graphite, not black).

WiFi or 3G – Which Kindle to Chose?

I was tempted to buy the cheap Kindle Wi-Fi only model for $139, but I chose the Kindle Wi-Fi+3G because Amazon provides free 3G across 100 countries, with no annual contracts, no monthly fees. Your Kindle will download ebooks anywhere even without a wi-fi connection, anywhere, anytime. So I chose the Wifi+3G model that costed $189. Kindle DX was too large for my needs.

Pay Import Fees, Shipping Costs

As the Kindle checkout proceeded, I realized there were import duties to be paid also. The final checkout screen revealed additional shipping and handling charges of $20.98 and import duties of $73.94. But I wanted the Kindle and I agreed to pay $283.92 for the whole deal to ship the Kindle to my door in 7 days!

kindle import price

They ship by default priority international shipping, which delivers in 7-10 days (you cannot chose a slower cheaper delivery option). What are you waiting for – go on and Buy Kindle in India.

Update: The Kindle has arrived today – in 3 days only! See the Kindle unboxing photos

Update: We bought a Kindle lighted cover in India also – you can see the Kindle Cover unboxing photos.

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About the Author: P Chandra is editor of QOT, one of India's earliest tech bloggers since 2004. A tech enthusiast with expertise in coding, WordPress, web tools, SEO and DIY hacks. He is designing websites for over 20 years.