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Kindle in Malaysia: What You Need to Know

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For avid readers and bookworms in Malaysia, the Kindle is a powerful gadget. This electronic reader is as big as a paperback novel and can be carried around anywhere.  Unfortunately, acquiring the Kindle in Malaysia presents a challenge.  Here we review some key points about the Kindle and how to purchase one.

SEE ALSO: An Alternative to Kindle: Google Play Books in Malaysia

Benefits of the Kindle

In case you’re wondering why to even purchase a Kindle, here are some key reasons.

  • With just one Kindle reader, you can hold hundreds of books.  And remember that just one kindle is lighter than even some books.
  • The Kindle e-reader does not strain the eyes due to the e-ink screens.
  • You don’t have to worry about the condition of your collection of books.
  • You can buy a book almost instantly using a Kindle – just purchase and immediately download the book to your device.

You Cannot Buy a Kindle on Amazon.com in Malaysia (Sadly)

Kindle is a product from Amazon, the company famous for it’s online shopping. Although Amazon ships a variety of products to Malaysia, they do not ship Kindles to Malaysia for reasons best known to them. In fact, even if you try to buy an Amazon Kindle from the Amazon.com website and select a shipping address in Malaysia, Amazon will inform you they cannot ship the product to Malaysia.  It will specifically state:   

“This item cannot be shipped to the address you selected. (Learn more.) You may either change the shipping address or remove the item by clicking Delete.”

When you click “Learn More”, a window will pop open with the following message:

“Warranty issues and manufacturer restrictions prevent us from shipping certain products to all geographical locations.

You’ll be notified while placing your order if we’re unable to ship specific items to the address you’ve selected. Please also check the product detail pages for any item-specific shipping restrictions.

Buyers outside the U.S. cannot purchase the following types of items from sellers: video games, toy and baby items, electronics, cameras and photo items, tools and hardware, kitchenware and housewares, sporting goods and outdoor equipment, software, and computers.”

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So, you may be wondering, how can we buy a Kindle in Malaysia? Read on to find out.

How to Buy a Kindle in Malaysia

Here are three options to consider for purchasing a Kindle in Malaysia.  First, you should know that there are some people who buy Kindles in America and then ship them over to Malaysia.

KindleMalaysia.com

One popular website for buying a Kindle in Malaysia is through a website called kindlemalaysia.com. The whole website is dedicated to people who want to buy Kindles in Malaysia. They have a middleman who buys these devices in the United States and ships them over to Malaysia and customers can expect their orders to be delivered to their addresses between 3 and 14 days. The company will even help you claim warranties.

LowYat.net

There are other online dealers in Malaysia that sell Kindle devices and they can be found on the popular Malaysian tech forum – Lowyat.net. These sellers also buy their Kindles in the U.S and ship them to Malaysia. Unlike KindleMalaysia.com, you’ll need to do your own due diligence to avoid shady sellers on lowyat.net.  You should research and look through user reviews and testimonials thoroughly to pick out spam comments and unreliable sellers.

Ebay

EBay is another option for people in Malaysia looking to buy Kindles.

A Cautionary Note about Kindle Accessories

USB chargers, cables and adapters are all essential items that you need for your Kindle but Kindle Malaysia does not ship these products separately. They are shipped only with Kindle devices.  So, if you have the misfortune of breaking or losing a cable or adapter, then you need to order another Kindle or buy cheap compatible accessories or find your own middleman in the States.

How Much Do Kindles Cost in Malaysia?

Purchasing Kindles in Malaysia can be expensive.  Remember Amazon does not officially sell Kindles to Malaysia, thus you need to factor in conversion rates, hefty shipping costs, and the middleman fees.

As KindleMalaysia.com is a legit website and an online store dedicated to the Kindle, you may find their costs to be slightly higher that those charged by sellers on lowyat.net.  Every business needs their profits!

As you can see by the costs outlined below, there is a premium to purchase a Kindle on KindleMalaysia.com.  However, given the limited choices, they certainly supply a reliable service in the marketplace. 

Kindle Paperwhite (without ads)

  • United States – Amazon.com: US$ 139 (~ RM 435)
  • Malaysia – KindleMalaysia.com: RM 670

 Kindle Paperwhite 3G (with Ads)

  • United States – Amazon.com: US$ 179 (RM 565)
  • Malaysia – KindleMalaysia.com: RM 880

SEE ALSO: Key Points about the Kindle Paperwhite 2 Ebook Reader

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Also be aware that in addition to the Kindles mentioned above, KindleMalaysia.com stocks the latest Kindles, such as Kindle Fire.

Customers can buy their Kindles along with protectors and cases. KindleMalaysia.com allows customers to place orders for Kindles that are not displayed on the website and the company will ship them to Malaysia within 14 days.

To view more product options and prices, visit the Kindle Malaysia website here.

How to Buy Kindle Ebooks in Malaysia from Amazon?

As Amazon does not ship Kindles to Malaysia, you will typically not be able to activate a Kindle with a Malaysian account. Sometimes you will be able to activate your Kindle with a Malaysian account but will not be able to download content that is free in the U.S. There is a workaround – people in Malaysia need to create U.S.- based accounts to access content and to activate Kindles easily.

Do It Yourself Method

Creating a U.S.-based account requires a couple of tricks. The easiest way is to get a U.S IP address is to use a proxy server. After this, users need to find a realistic U.S-based physical address to create a U.S.-based account to activate their Kindles.

Similarly, Amazon does not let users buy books with Malaysian credit cards. You can try getting an American credit card, but this can be difficult.  An easier option is to purchase  gift cards with your Malaysian Amazon account and give them to your U.S.-based account. You can then log into your U.S.-based account and purchase any book you want with the gift card.

Note: We tried creating a USA based account with this fake usa address website first and purchasing ebooks with a Malaysian credit card. This worked fine initially but the next day we received an email from Amazon asking us to send a document to verify we were a resident of the United States, and, if we didn’t, our USA account could become restricted. 

Kindle Malaysia Method

If the above seems too complicated, then you can reach out to the Kindle Malaysia team. They explain how to buy ebooks on Amazon, and they’ll help you set up the process: Buy Kindle Ebooks from Amazon in Malaysia – KindleMalaysia.com.

You can visit Amazon’s website here.

Disclaimer: You should know of course, that there are legal issues involved, amongst them tax laws and copyright infringement laws, which Keith Rozario discusses here. The bottom line is, there are specific legal reasons for why Amazon’s ebooks are not available in Malaysia. So, if you want to be strict about it, using a workaround is almost definitely illegal (you’ll be contravening tax laws at the very least), and a grey area at best. The choice, of course, is up to you.

Do you have a Kindle in Malaysia? Or do you have any questions? If so, post in the comments below.

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Comments

Nad

I buy kindle books using amazon uk, with my malaysian credit card. So far, no problems.

Diana Chai

BTW, just a tip: I’ve used my Samsung phone charger to charge my Kindle and it works just fine. It’s after all; just a USB slot.

Tancl

Must be kidding, kindlemalaysia overpriced by extra hundreds, there should be ministry enquiry into this.

Ben Hock Seng
Nick

Hi Tancl. Thanks for commenting. Yes, KindeMalaysia does charge a premium. It’s stated in above in the article. However, since the Kindle product is not officially available for sale in Malaysia, I can understand why they would charge a premium (middleman, shipping costs, profit). If you know of other appealing options for buying a Kindle in Malaysia, please share. Cheers.

Kindle Malaysia Team

Hi Nick, for your info, Kindle Malaysia offers value added services for FREE to all Kindle Malaysia fans to proudly own their Amazon Kindle in Malaysia such as to download a wide variety of FREE e-Books, Magazines, Music
& Apps, etc from Amazon Store into their Amazon Kindle directly in Malaysia (just like any US Citizens travelling outside of US).

Despite some/much scepticism from my fellow countryman, we have assisted many expats from Australia, UK, Egypt, Austria, Germany, etc. living in Malaysia. to gain full access to Amazon Store US in Malaysia using Amazon Gift Card (which they buy) and valid US Billing credentials dedicated to them by Kindle Malaysia.

Ben Hock Seng
Nick

Thanks for this feedback. Cheers.

Kindle Malaysia Team

Hi Leaping Post, this is Kindle Malaysia Team (Ngu Soon Hui – founder & Tan Wee Khien – co-founder). We would like to thank you for referring your post to KindleMalaysia.com, resulting in good recommendations.

As our token of appreciation, we would like to offer All your Fans Instant RM20 Rebate on ALL purchase made. Kindly use or mention “LEAPING” coupon code when you checkout at http://kindlemalaysia.com/

Kindle Malaysia offers FREE Next Day Delivery anywhere in Malaysia. However, orders are prioritized on first come first serve basis. Thank you in advance.

Ben Hock Seng
Nick

Hi Kindle Malaysia Team,
Thanks for the comment. We’ll keep this in mind!
Cheers,
Nick

Ben Hock Seng
Nick

Hi Kindle Malaysia Team, there is a reader who commented asking for help to open a USA Kindle account in Malaysia for the Kindle Paperwhite he bought from Australia. Could you advise him. Here is a direct link to his comment: http://leapingpost.com/2013/06/08/amazon-in-malaysia-what-you-need-to-know/#comment-1428344571

Amanda85

i use vpost as my middleman and only need to pay them SGD30 extra for shipping it to me. well, SGD use to be lower those day. is still cheaper than buying it locally.

Ben Hock Seng
Nick

Thanks for sharing your tip.

graeme lanham

You don’t need a kindle to read amazon ebooks in Malaysia. Simply google: free kindle apps and click on the device you are using. You can then read your kindle book on this device. Check it out with this ebook on Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005IAJK2Q

Ben Hock Seng
Nick

Thanks for the comment Graeme! Interesting link choice too ;). Regarding your point, from my understanding, you still can’t get free kindle apps through Amazon in Malaysia’s iTunes store. When I tried downloading free kindle apps for the iPhone and iPad, the iTunes store blocks it, stating the app is not available in the Malaysian Store (see image below)
However, there might be third-party app options. Perhaps we can look into that for another article. Or. if you know of some, please feel free to suggest.

Phylis

I’ve been using my iPhone and iPad to read eBook (iBooks and Kindle app) but I’d prefer to read it from a eBook reader instead. It’s difficult and tiring to read from a small screen on a smartphone and their screens are not designed for hours of book-reading. It will seriously strained our eyes. I always get headache after looking at these screens for few hours. Maybe the reflective screen is one of the cause. Plus, with so many things running at the background, battery is an issue. That’s why I’m looking for a pure eBook reader.

Ben Hock Seng
Nick

Hi Phylis – I agree with you. I got a Kindle reader recently when I was in the States and it’s much easier to read books on it than the iPad screens. I enjoy the iPad for online publications (e.g. media websites), but for text heavy reading I always prefer I the Kindle. Staring at an iPhone/iPad screen for an hour plus strains my eyes.

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