How to Buy Kindle Books on iPhone & iPad (iOS 15 Update)

Wondering how to buy books on Kindle app for iPhone? You can’t. Learn how to purchase Kindle books on iPad and iPhone using Safari instead!

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Can you read Kindle books on iPad or iPhone? Yes. But how to buy Kindle books on iPhone and iPad is less straightforward. Because Amazon doesn’t want to pay Apple a cut of any in-app purchases, you can’t buy books in the Kindle app for iPhone or in the Amazon app. We’ll show you how to purchase Kindle books on iPhone by using Safari or another web browser to visit Amazon.com instead.

Related: How to Share Kindle Books with Your Friends and Family When You Don’t Have Amazon Prime

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How to Buy Kindle Book on iPhone & iPad

There are no instructions for how to buy books on Kindle app on iPhone because Amazon doesn’t allow in-app book purchases. However, you can purchase Kindle books on iPhone and iPad using the trick below:

  1. Open the Safari app.

    Open the Safari app - can t buy kindle book on amazon app
     
  2. Navigate to Amazon.com.

    Navigate to Amazon.com - how do i purchase a kindle book
     
  3. Make sure NOT TO TAP any prompts to open the Amazon app.

    Make sure NOT TO TAP any prompts to open the Amazon app.
     
  4. Sign in to your Amazon account if you're not already logged in.

    Sign in to your Amazon account if you're not already logged in.
     
  5. Tap the menu bar at the top of the screen.

    Tap the triple bar at the top of the screen.
     
  6. Tap Kindle eBooks.

    Tap Kindle eBooks - how to download books on iphone
     
  7. Search for and select the Kindle e-book that you want to purchase.

    Search for and select the Kindle e-book that you want to purchase.
     
  8. Tap Buy now with 1-Click.

    Tap Buy now with 1-Click.
     
  9. And it’s bought! It will automatically appear in your Amazon Kindle and Kindle Reader libraries. On your Kindle or in your Kindle app on iPhone or iPad, tap the book you bought to download it to your device.

    And it’s bought! It will automatically appear in your Amazon Kindle and Kindle Reader libraries.

Pro Tip: Any time you use a website for an app you have, your iPhone or iPad will keep prompting you to use the app instead. If you accidentally navigate to Amazon or Kindle app and try to purchase the book, you will see the message, "This app does not support purchasing of this content. Digital books and comics purchased from Amazon are available to read in the Kindle app." If this happens, just navigate back to Safari.

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Create a Shortcut to the Kindle Store for Your Home Screen

I get tired of having to buy Kindle e-books by navigating to the Amazon site through Safari. If you want to find an easy way to buy Kindle books on your iPad or iPhone, there's a shortcut. To learn more iPhone tricks, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open the Safari app.

    Open the Safari app - can t buy kindle book on amazon app
     
  2. Navigate to Amazon.com.

    Navigate to Amazon.com - how do i purchase a kindle book
     
  3. Make sure NOT TO TAP any prompts to open the Amazon app.

    Make sure NOT TO TAP any prompts to open the Amazon app.
     
  4. Sign in to your Amazon account if you're not already logged in.

    Sign in to your Amazon account if you're not already logged in.
     
  5. Tap the menu icon at the top of the screen.

    Tap the triple bar at the top of the screen.
     
  6. Tap Kindle eBooks.

    Tap Kindle eBooks - how to download books on iphone
     
  7. Tap the Share icon at the bottom center of your screen.

    Tap the Share icon at the bottom center of your screen.
     
  8. Scroll down until you find Add to Home Screen and tap it. You may need to tap More for this option to appear.

    Tap the Share icon at the bottom center of your screen.
     
  9. You can rename the icon by tapping the title. I like mine to be called Buy eBooks.

    You can rename the icon by tapping the title. I like mine to be called Buy eBooks.
     
  10. Tap Add to create an icon for the Kindle store to your Home screen.

    Tap Add to create an icon for the Kindle store to your Home screen.
     
  11. From now on, you can easily access the Kindle Store by tapping the icon on your iPhone or iPad and buy all the e-books you want.

    From now on, you can easily access the Kindle Store by tapping the icon on your iPhone or iPad and buy all the e-books you want.

Even if you tap this shortcut, your Apple device will still prompt you to open the Amazon app. If you accidentally do this, you will have to return to your Home screen and tap the shortcut or follow the steps to open it in Safari again.

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Why Can't I Buy Kindle Books on Amazon App?

Apple collects a percentage of the money spent on digital purchases within the apps on its devices; and when you buy Kindle books on iPhone or iPad using Safari or another web browser, 100 percent of the money goes to Amazon. 

So the answer to the questions, why can't I buy books on Kindle app and why can't I buy Kindle books on Amazon app is, Amazon doesn't want to pay. 

This battle over in-app purchase commissions is why you can't buy a Kindle book after the sample and why you can't buy a Kindle book in the Amazon app on iPhone or iPad. It's also why it's only possible to buy and download Kindle books on your iPhone or iPad or access the Kindle store from your iPhone using a web browser and not the app.

Luckily, the workaround we taught you will make it possible for you to buy new books hassle-free!

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Now get to reading! If you plan to buy more Kindle books on your iPhone or iPad in the future, I highly recommend that you create a shortcut to the Amazon store from your iPhone or iPad Home Screen. Next, learn how to delete books from your Kindle app.

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