Ever since the launch of Kindle book store on China Amazon in the end of 2012, we have found a way to buy Chinese Kindle book from China Amazon. However, we did not publish the tutorial until we are very sure that it will work. Buy Chinese Kindle book from China Amazon (Amazon.cn) is actually very similar to buy Kindle book from US Amazon, for further details you may later refer to this post on how to buy Kindle book from Amazon.com.
The major challenge on buying Chinese Kindle book from China Amazon is the VPN service, the China Amazon is more aggressive in detecting your IP location when you buy Chinese Kindle book from Amazon.cn . You can’t really find a China VPN service that is affordable. The price of Chinese Kindle books on Amazon.cn are very attractive but it is not economical if you have to buy an expensive China VPN service just for the purpose of buying Chinese Kindle book from China Amazon. Nevertheless, the good news is we are going to show you how to get a China VPN for FREE in this tutorial!
Currently you can only register the Kindle devices that are sold by by Amazon.cn, click here to check out which Kindle devices are available at China Amazon.
Buy Chinese Kindle Book from Amazon.cn
The steps are very similar to buy Kindle book from US Amazon, so we will keep this tutorial short. The steps are as follow:
1. Register a China Amazon account.
2. Click here to buy China Amazon Gift Card using your credit card.
3. Load the Gift Card into your China Amazon account.
4. Register your Kindle (other than Kindle devices such as Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle FireHD, you can also register the Kindle app on your iPhone, iPad, Android and PC/Mac).
5. Change your Kindle’s country settings to China in ‘Manage your Kindle’ ( 管理我的Kindle), you can just search for any China address on the website.
6. Download and install a free copy of China VPN here.
Note: China authorities has banned quite number of VPN services lately. You may want to check with this VPN service, as according to them, they have active VPN connection into China. (click here)
7. Start the China VPN service and refer to the upper right corner of our website to check and make sure that your computer IP is now showing the China location.
8. Visit China Amazon Kindle Bookstore here and complete the process as soon as possible.
Search for the Kindle title you would like to purchase, it is better to select for the book to be delivered to your pc then side load onto your Kindle via USB:
Leave the payment information as it is, proceed to confirm the order and it will automatically deduct the charges from your gift card balance.
Now you have successfully purchased a Chinese Kindle book at Amazon.cn.
These are some of the Chinese Kindle books bought at China Amazon.
These are gift card transaction records, do take note that Gift Card from Amazon.cn has an expiry date.
Important Remarks of Buy Kindle Book from China Amazon:
- If you are buying Kindle book from China Amazon without VPN service, on average, your account will be disabled after purchased of 7 to 8 book, Amazon.cn is quite aggressive on this. In such case, you may try to contact the customer service via live chat, tell them that you are on business trip or something outside China, and request to unlock your account. (You can use this method to buy books if you don't want to use VPN).
The China VPN service recommended here is free of charge, in some occasion the connection is not very stable,do visit our site and check your ip address at the upper right sidebar of our website.
- Once the VPN is connected, proceed to complete your purchase as soon as possible.
- Do take note that the Gift Card balance in your China Amazon account has an expiry date!
- Presently, this method is working fine, but we cannot guarantee that it will work forever, do come back and share your experience in the comment section below.
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Hi Singaboleh, in these days I really need you help regarding to my new bought Kindle paperwhite. 4 days before I purchased kindle from amazon.cn. Then I tried to send free boks to my kindle device via “send to kindle” application on my laptop. No any books appear on my kindle library. It is useles here or defect I do not understand. I just learnt I can give it back for refund in 7 days. Only 3 days remaining. I need your help that if there is convenient way to read my downloaded e-books. how can I do it?
Thank you in advance for your kind assistance!
I am living in China
Try to deregister the Kindle from any of your previous Amazon account and login to your new Amazon account where you bought the ebook, there should not be any problem using it in China.
Thank you for the article.
I have purchased my Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon China and registered. Can I buy ebook through the device directly while I’m traveling in Hong King?
shouldn’t be any problem.
Thank you so much for all the information provided!!
I am struggling in the step of registering my Kindle (4th generation) with my Amazon.cn account. It always tells me the account does not exist despite it does and I have yuan ready to be used.
Could it be because it is a 4th gen Kindle and Amazon.cn sells the 5th gen upwards?
Thank you very much in advance!! I have been unable to figure out why.
Most likely.is, Amazon.cn can only support model the they are or were selling.
Hi, I am a Singaporean currently living in China. Do you know if I can buy a Kindle Voyage from Amazon China store but register the device to my Amazon USA store to buy ebooks? Or am I restricted to buy ebooks only from Amazon China store?
Thanks for your help.
Yes, since Amazon China and USA both selling Kindle Voyage, you can have your device switch between two countries and buy books from respective account.
Can’t find a VPN to use. Any suggestions? Tried Halo, but read that it’s like stealing bandwidth and it shows up on ur page as from US or UK anyway
China authorities shutting down quite many vpn services lately.
You can check with this VPN services (click here), according to them, they has VPN connection into China.
This free China VPN will be terminated soon.
Thanks for informing. We will seek if there is any free alternative.
Hi, I am first time user and can i keep my books purchased from amazon US when i switch my account to amazon CN?
The books are stored in your respective accounts, and a copy will be downloaded into your kindle, and it won’t be deleted if you switch your account, unless you delete it on purpose.
May i check, does old kindle [with keyboard] not able to register on amazon.cn?
I don’t have a option at all.
Only applicable to the models that amazon.cn is selling, i.e. kindle paperwhite and above. Please support ‘Like’ our facebook page, thanks!
Hi, thank you for your great article. I have used your other article to purchase Kindle book from Amazon US. Now I want to purchase some books from Amazon China into the same Kindle device. So I can de-register from my Amazon US account, and register to my newly created Amazon China account, right? Thanks again!
Yes George, you’re right. Do support us by share our website to your friends in Facebook or any other channels. Thanks!
Can I check with you if we still need to purchase kindle from China amazon? Have they changed the policy to allow kindle from USA yet? Thanks!
You can use US Kindle Paperwhite to register onto the China Amazon or vice verse.
If I have Amazon account, do I still need to register another one for China Amazon?
Yes, you need to.
Any idea for MAC user VPN?
If you are referring to China VPN, we can’t find any suitable one to recommend for mac user, you may consider to install windows on your Mac boot camp to run the China VPN.
If you are referring to USA VPN, Private Tunnel is available for Mac user.
Hi ,don’t bother, I resolved the 2 issues, thanks !
Trying the connection now, quite slow,:) and could not show google,:)
You’re most welcome, once you have connected, you are ‘at China’, thus accessing ‘outside’ website will be slow. Do support us through Facebook like or Google plus.
Hi, thanks for the tips. 2 issues encountered
1. the China VPN installation pop up screen shows odd symbols,i.e. I could not read the chinese characters.
2. where could I select the China cities to connect to ?
Hi many thanks for your tips. I have got paperwhite 3G from US.
The VPN for US is smooth but not so much for China, cos I am using Win 8, do u know of any service provider with win 8 option ?
Your are right, this free China VPN is not that smooth, you can try to connect to or select the bigger cities like Beijing, Shanghai, ShenZhen ip to connect; smaller cities connection is not that stable. Once you connected to a more stable connection, proceed to purchase the book as soon as possible.
So far, we use this on Win 8 without any problems. If you are looking for an alternative, that may not be cost effective for you. However, you may search for one on Taobao.com.