Ever been excited to buy a Kindle book only to be disappointed that the sale wasn’t available in your region? As a company based out of Canada, we know the feeling.
If you have experienced this, we have some good news. We’ve discovered a way to get American pricing even if you’re not an American citizen. This method is completely legal, doesn’t break the terms of service and I’ve spoken with Amazon directly (see bottom) to make sure this method is permissible. I’d love to teach you how to do this so you don’t have to miss out on another great deal.
The first step is to get an American address. Entire businesses have been started to provide mailboxes and package forwarding to people in other countries. These businesses make money by charging a monthly fee for a mailbox and then extra for receiving and forwarding your mail to you. Because this is for Kindle books, we don’t need any forwarding options. There won’t be any mail, we just need the address.
To find a mailbox, Google “get USA address” or “get USA address free”. Offers change regularly and some companies will allow you to set up your mailbox for free (often for a limited time). Once you have your address it’s now time for the last step and that’s to let Amazon know you want American pricing on your Kindle books.
From your Amazon Account click “Manage My Kindle“. From there on the left hand sidebar click “Country Settings” which is under the heading “Your Kindle Account”.
You’ll now see the Country you’re registered with. Click “Change” and put in your new American address.
You’re done. Seriously, that’s it. You’ll now see USA pricing for all Kindle books when you shop on Amazon.com.
We realize that even though this method is legal and not breaking the terms of service, some may frown upon it as a grey area/loophole. To ensure that this was not the case we ran it by a Kindle specialist from Amazon. Here is an abridged version of my conversation with Pallavi from the Amazon team:
A Customer Service Associate will be with you in a moment.
You are now connected to Pallavi from Amazon.com.
Pallavi: Hello, my name is Pallavi. I’ll be happy to help you.
Me: My question is regarding the terms of service for purchasing Kindle books on Amazon.com. Under “Your Kindle Account” it has an option for Country Settings. There I’m able to pick my country by putting in my address. I am living in Canada but I have a forwarding address in the United States. If I put in my United States address I receive USA pricing. Does that break your terms of service?
Pallavi: Please give me a moment to recheck this information.
Pallavi: In this case if you are actually having a Valid US billing address then you can keep the info and shop for the books in that case.
Me: Thanks, I just want to clarify. You’re saying there is no rule stating that I must reside or be present in that country, but instead that I must have a valid billing address in that country. Am I correct?
Pallavi: Yes you’re absolutely correct.