Amazon Upgrade

When you buy a physical book (hardcover, paperback, etc.) from Amazon.com that's part of our Amazon Upgrade program, for an additional charge you can get an online version of the book that you can access from any Internet-connected computer. If the book you're ordering is part of Amazon Upgrade, you'll see an offer to add online access on the "Thank you" page after you've completed your purchase. The price of the upgrade will be displayed there as well.

Want to find a book in the Amazon Upgrade program? Visit our Amazon Upgrade store.

You can also upgrade past book purchases you've made at Amazon.com to get a digital version, as long as the book was purchased directly from Amazon.com (and not via a merchant or Marketplace seller) and is in our Amazon Upgrade program.

Note: at this time, we're not able to sell Amazon Upgrade access to customers outside the United States. We apologize for this inconvenience.

For more information about ordering the online version of a book, click the questions below.

Ordering a book to read online:

Upgrading previous purchases:

Sharing access or returning purchases:

Publishers and authors:

How can I tell if a book is in the Amazon Upgrade program?

On the product detail page for the physical book, you'll see a message that says "Upgrade this book... and you can read, search, and annotate every page online" in the availability description. If this message doesn't appear, then the book is not yet eligible for Amazon Upgrade.

How do I order the digital version?

If you purchase a physical book from Amazon.com that's part of our Amazon Upgrade program, you'll see an an offer to purchase Amazon Upgrade access on the "Thank You" page immediately after you place your order.

Amazon Upgrade purchases are automatically charged to the default 1-Click payment method associated with the default address on your Amazon.com account or an available Gift Card balance on your account. You do not have to enable 1-Click for all of your Amazon.com purchases to use 1-Click ordering for digital purchases.

If you've redeemed an Amazon Gift Card, Gift Certificate, or Promotional Certificate to your Amazon.com account, any available balance will be used for the purchase before your credit or debit card is charged.

How do I access the Amazon Upgrade version once I've paid for it?

The digital version of your book purchase will be stored in the Bookshelf area of Your Media Library on Amazon.com. To get there quickly, just click the "View your Amazon Upgrade orders" link on the Your Account page and sign in. The order confirmation e-mail you receive when you purchase online access will also contain a link to the digital version of your book, and a link to the Amazon Upgrade version will be available from the product detail page for the book.

You'll be able to read the book; create highlights, bookmarks, and notes; copy text; and print pages of the book using the Amazon Online Reader. With Amazon Upgrade books, the content stays on our servers permanently. You aren't able to download the book and read it in any other reader. Learn more about the Amazon Online Reader.

Can I buy just the online version of the book?

No, you must have purchased the physical book from Amazon.com before you can obtain Amazon Upgrade access.

Can I upgrade a book I purchase as a gift? What about giving Amazon Upgrade as a gift?

If you buy a book from Amazon.com as a gift for someone else, you may upgrade that book to Amazon Upgrade and access the digital content using your own Amazon.com account.

However, at this time you can't give online access to a book as a gift. We hope to be able to offer this option in the future.

Where can I find a list of books in the Amazon Upgrade program?

Visit our Amazon Upgrade store. There you can find an Amazon Upgrade book you can try for free, and you can browse lists of Amazon Upgrade books by category.

Why are some books not eligible for Amazon Upgrade? Will you be adding more?

Each publisher must give us approval to put their book in the program, and we must have a digital copy of the book. If a publisher hasn't given us approval, if the book is out of print, or if we don't have the digital content, the book will not be available for Amazon Upgrade access. We are continually working with our publisher partners to add more books to the program.

Also, only books that were purchased directly from Amazon.com may be upgraded to Amazon Upgrade. Books purchased from a seller via Amazon.com (such as Marketplace purchases) are not eligible to be upgraded to Amazon Upgrade.

Do I get an exact copy of my book?

In most cases, yes, the content you are viewing has been taken directly from the physical book. However, there are some cases where a book has been published in both paperback and hardcover formats, and we only have one format in digital form. In these cases you may upgrade either physical format to Amazon Upgrade, but the online content may differ slightly from the physical book book that you own (for example, the page numbering or cover images may be different).

How can I buy Amazon Upgrade access for books I purchased previously?

To see a list of previous purchases that are eligible for Amazon Upgrade:

  • Click here to see a list of books you've bought that are eligible for upgrade.
  • To buy online access to any or all of these books, just check the box next to each title you want and click Buy now.

To see if a particular book is eligible for Amazon Upgrade, simply visit its product detail page on our web site while you are signed in. If you've purchased it using that account and the book is eligible for upgrade, you'll see a green "Read This Book Online" box with a Buy now with 1-Click button on the right side of the page. Just click this link to purchase instant online access to the book.

Can I upgrade books purchased from other sellers, or that I already own?

No. Books purchased from Amazon Marketplace sellers or from stores other than Amazon.com aren't eligible for Amazon Upgrade.

Can I sell or transfer my Amazon Upgrade version to someone else?

You may of course sell or give your physical book to whomever you wish. However, the digital access stays with your Amazon.com account and cannot be transferred to another user. Support for giving Amazon Upgrade as a gift will be added at a later date.

Can my family share access to the digital content?

Yes, you may share your Amazon.com account within your immediate family to allow access to the Amazon Upgrade books you have purchased. All access must be through the Amazon.com account that purchased Amazon Upgrade access. Such account sharing is subject to the Amazon Upgrade Terms and Conditions, and usage limits do apply. For example, two family members may not access the same book at the same time.

Can my company share access to the digital content?

The Amazon Upgrade program is not available for corporate or institutional book buyers. It's available only to individuals and their immediate families, subject to the Amazon Upgrade Terms and Conditions.

What browser version do I need to read books online?

For the Amazon Online Reader to work best, we recommend using one of the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 6.0+
  • Firefox 1.5+
  • Safari 2.0
If your browser doesn't meet these minimum requirements, then upgrading your browser should resolve any problems you may experience using the Reader.

Can I return the online version if I decide I don't want it?

You may return Amazon Upgrade access to a book within 30 days of purchase, but only if you have viewed less than 20% of the book. Also, please be aware that if you return the physical copy of the book, your access to the digital version will be terminated when the return of the physical book is processed. If you've viewed or copied less than 20% of the digital version, you will automatically receive a refund for your Amazon Upgrade purchase as well as for the physical book. For more information, please view the Amazon Upgrade Terms and Conditions.

If you want to return an Amazon Upgrade purchase, please click the Contact Us button in the right-hand column and submit your return request via phone or e-mail.

If I'm a publisher or an author, how can I add my book to the Amazon Upgrade program?

Please visit our Amazon Upgrade publisher information page, which will tell you more about how Amazon Upgrade works and how to sign up.