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Initial post: Dec 5, 2013 4:04:00 PM PST
Rose Shannon says:
I would like to send my son a Kindle for Christmas. He does NOT want to use a credit card for security reasons. If I also buy him a $100 gift card, can he use that as an "account" where he can buy books at different times drawing on this gift card account until it is exhausted? I have tried to get an answer from Amazon about this, but no response. Or, are there people out there who have shipped Kindles to troops overseas who can tell me of their experience?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2013 4:11:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2013 4:12:10 PM PST
Roase - He has to have a credit card on file in his account. However, he can use a prepaid Visa card with a small dollar amount as long as it has an expiration date. You could get that card for him and give him the info if he's already deployed. You can then fund his purchases with a gift card.

He may not have access to wi-fi where he is. If so, he'll need to download his books via USB cable using a computer. My BIL was in Afghanistan and he had to do this.

ETA - Sorry, I forgot to add to thank him for his service.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 4:25:27 PM PST
i would have him give you a list of books and you pre-load a bunch - I had my kindle with me in Iraq and getting new stuff on it was a PITA - had to burn to a CD, transfer to kindle (because couldn't plug kindle into MWR computers etc)

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 3:44:06 AM PST
Tess says:
I don't know how to resolve this but I still want you to tell thank him for his service to our country.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2013 3:54:28 AM PST
I would second Deanna' s idea of pre-loading a bunch of different things for him.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 6:28:56 AM PST
Rose Shannon says:
Thanks to you all for appreciating his service along with so many thousands of other troops. This is actually his 3rd go-around. Twice to Iraq and now in Afghanistan. I just talked with him on Skype and he seems rather depressed. Maybe Christmas coming up and all. Anyway, I thought the Kindle would help and I DO like the idea of pre-loading it. Trouble is, my son is a typical male and pooh pooh's talk of
Christmas gifts so I will have to do a hit-or-miss on selecting books for him. Being a computer dummy, if I pre-load the Kindle how difficult will it be to add books if the Kindle is in his possession? I wish Amazon would respond to me about this. Or, better yet, come up with general info regarding Kindles for troops overseas. Thanks again for all your responses.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2013 7:00:08 AM PST
B. Marks says:
If you want to get help from Amazon call them or use their chat help. They're terrible with email help and they're better than anyone else with phone and chat help.

One thing you might do, if you can, is send him a Kindle with a bunch of books on it and then when he tells you what else he'd like to read, get another Kindle. After that you can rotate them.

I realize not everyone can do that. I probably couldn't. But if you can do it it's an easy solution.



Posted on Dec 7, 2013 7:37:44 AM PST
Rose Shannon says:
I resorted to this site because of 5 attempts with phone calls.....2 telling me my wait time was less than a minute.....I hung up after waiting 10 minutes, 2 connections where I was disconnected both times after being put on hold and, now, I can't remember what happened the fifth time. Yes, you are right....about trying chat. I guess I just got fed up too soon to try options.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 8:36:30 AM PST
Rose. Instead of dialing direct click on the help link on the top of this page and then the Contact Us button on the right. From there answer a few questions to narrow down the problem and then select chat or phone. If you choose phone and put in your phone number an Amazon representative will call you within a couple of minutes. There is no being put on hold or losing connection. Or you can choose the chat option which would probably be better in this case. It's a little slower since you are typing the questions and responses back and forth but the benefit is that once the chat is done you can scroll back through it so that you can make sure you are remembering the answers correctly.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 8:47:44 AM PST
bookcrazy says:

As one military mom to another: I hope your son has a safe deployment and returns home safe and healthy! His service is much appreciated.

When my son was on his fifth deployment, an extremely generous man in Texas gifted him a pre-owned kindle. I attached his kindle to my account and spent two weeks loading up books that I thought he would like. I included all genres and tons and tons of free books.
It was relative easy because I know generally what he likes to read.

I even put some of his favorite kid and young adult books on it just for grins. He told me later that he even enjoyed those.

His kindle was parachuted into his remote location and landed safe and sound.

There is a site called operation ebook drop that you should check out. When you sign up (free) you will get coupon codes for free books through

I loaded up enough books that he did not purchase any for the remainder of his deployment. I am unsure if it would have even been possible without a lot of effort on his part and I did not want to burden him with this during his seldom and precious "off-duty" time.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 8:51:45 AM PST
Paxton says:
For those interested, Kindles can be donated to soldiers via a great organization called EBooks for Troops. Their website is at

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2013 10:20:56 AM PST
Palmetto says:
Superb, Paxton. Thanks for the link.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 6:45:10 PM PST
Rose Shannon says:
Thank you all for your time and attention. Some great ideas which I will pursue!!!! Thanks again.
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