[Not a] Disadvantage of the Kindle: Sometimes Instant Is Not Good (But You Can Return It)

Update: Karen below corrects me: yes, you can indeed return books on the Kindle, within seven days (as opposed to 30). You have to contact customer support, however—it’s not an automated system as with other Amazon products. Karen also comments below that there’s a rebate program if you buy the book from Books on Board for Breaking Dawn.

At least with a real book ordered online, you have some hope of canceling your order or just shipping the book back unread (of course, it’s likely that even then, desire will have you ripping open the packaging anyways).

With a digital edition, not only is it already there on your Kindle or eReader, but you can’t return it (just like you can’t return books at a bookstore).

Case in point, Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn. I hope I’m in time to save you from it, but I fear I may not be.

See the hilarious and frighteningly true recaps from cleolinda here:

They’re actually a great replacement for the book.

(No, I didn’t buy Breaking Dawn in any form, but I feel a bit sorry for those who did and weren’t expecting this.)

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8 thoughts on “[Not a] Disadvantage of the Kindle: Sometimes Instant Is Not Good (But You Can Return It)

  1. Actually, you can return any book purchased on the Kindle (I don’t remember how long you have, but it seemed to be up to a week later – it may be the same 30 days you have on other items). It magically disappears from your Kindle the next time you connect via Whispernet and you get your money back. So far, no word on any limit on how many books you can do this way – no doubt some out there buy the books and then “return” them after reading and take advantage of the policy.

    You could also have gotten this book for “free” after rebate from BooksOnBoard.com (yesterday) – ordered at their standard price, you get the entire amount back as a credit in the store (book releases tomorrow there, credit posts on Tues).

  2. Hello Karen,

    Thanks for the information. Any instructions on how to return Kindle books? I couldn’t find out how.

    I know that when you do buy a book on the Kindle, you can correct the mistake when it offers you to, which is not so much a return as a cancellation of the order, so probably not what you’re referring to here.

  3. Oh, I see.

    Returning Kindle Content

    Seven days. Well, in that case, people can be saved!

    Looks to be a pretty manual process, with an actual contact needed through their customer support service. I imagine repeat offenders may or may not be denied, but who knows?

  4. I feel sorry for those who bought the book too. I tried reading the free sample of the first book, and while I was mildly entertained it was nothing short of boring.

    I did pick up my first David Sedaris book the other night. Good stuff.

  5. I think if I were currently a teenaged girl I would eat the early books up (although to me that doesn’t explain the Twilight Moms). They certainly do bite to the quick (no pun intended), although when I was a teenage twit my taste probably would run from okay to stupid.

    I currently have a non-fiction romp on my reading list—The Geography of Bliss. The first few pages were awesome. I really am keen on non-fiction (if it’s not biographies).

  6. What I want to know is how can I return (easily) to the beginning of a Kindle book I’ve just finished? I know one can return one page at a time but I want something quicker.

    • Hi confounded145,

      On a Kindle 2, press the “Menu” button; this will display a menu that is specific to the context of being inside a book (rather than on the home screen or something). Use the little navigation joystick to move down to the “Go to beginning” and click the joystick, and you will be taken back to the beginning of the book.

      Hope that helps!

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