How to Buy Kindle Books on iPhone or iPad

At one point or another, you’ve probably opened the Amazon app on your iPhone or iPad and tried to buy a Kindle ebook, only to realize you can only download a sample. Leaving you hysterically yelling at the screen and into Google, “why can’t I buy a Kindle book on my iPhone!” Which may lead you to wonder if you can read Kindle books on your iPhone or iPad. And you can. The Kindle Reader is free to download from the App Store, but you can’t buy Kindle e-books in that app either. I’ll tell you why below, then we’ll over a workaround that will allow you to buy Kindle books on your iPhone or iPad.

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

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Why Can’t I Buy Kindle Books on iPhone or iPad?

Technically, you can. But you can’t within the Amazon app. That’s because Apple collects a percentage of the money spent within apps on its devices, and Amazon is not okay with that. But Safari doesn’t count because the purpose is to browse the web. So you can buy books on your iPhone or iPad from within the Safari app. We’ll also cover how you can access the Kindle store from your Home Screen.

How to Buy Kindle Books on iPhone or iPad

  • Open the Safari app, and navigate to Amazon.com.

  • Log into your Amazon account, if you’re not already logged in.

  • Under the Amazon logo, tap Departments and select Kindle E-readers & Books from the drop-down list.

  • Tap Kindle Books.

  • Find or search for and select the Kindle e-book that you want to purchase.

  • Tap Buy now with 1-click.

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

  • On your Kindle or in your Kindle Reader on iPhone or iPad, tap the book you bought to download it to your device.

Now get to reading! If you plan to buy more Kindle books on your iPhone or iPad in the future, use the next tip to create a shortcut to the Amazon store from your iPhone or iPad Home Screen.

How to Add the Kindle Store to Your Home Screen on iPhone or iPad

As a shortcut, use this pro tip to add the Kindle Store to your Home Screen. To do this:

  • Open the Safari app, and navigate to Amazon.com.

  • Log into your Amazon account, if you’re not already logged in.

  • Under the Amazon logo, tap Departments and select Kindle E-readers & books from the drop-down list.

  • Tap Kindle Books.

  • Tap the Share icon at the bottom center of your screen.

  • Tap Add to Home Screen.

  • Tap Add.

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

 
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Conner Carey is a writer & joyous creator; she works with online businesses to develop their brand and as a creative consultant to help artists of all kinds get unblocked. You can reach her at connercarey.com (coming soon) or @connerleecarey on Instagram. She’s currently garage-selling all of her stuff to hit the road in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi. Follow their adventures on instagram @georgiatheRV.